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News from the Austrian Meetings Industry

Austrian National Tourist Office with 42 Partners at IBTM

The 31st edition of IBTM World will take place at Fira Barcelona Gran Via from 27 – 29 November 2018. Visit us at the Austrian Stand E80!

Convention Bureaux and destinations, venues and event locations, hotels, DMCs & PCOs, Majestic Train de Luxe and Lufthansa Group with Austrian Airlines will be present.

First time exhibitors are: amadeus terminal 2 – Salzburg-Airport, Gerstner Collection, and Schladming-Dachstein Convention.

Exhibitor Directory (PDF)


IBTM World

Schlumberger Cellar World - a special venue

The subtle tingling of finest pearls is what makes Schlumberger so special. Its secret lies in the famous “Méthode Traditionelle” – this fine art of Champagne production was acquired by Robert Alwin Schlumberger in Riems and immortalised in Austria’s oldest, sparkling wine cellar. Since 1842 it has been carefully preserved and gently cultivated. Your guarantee for a wonderfully, gentle, tingling pleasure – convince yourself during a tour of the over 300 year old cellar vaults and enjoy the taste of some of Schlumberger’s exquisite wines!

The Schlumberger cellar world and the unique ambiance are available for your private or business event. These exquisite facilities can accommodate a party of up to 120 guests.

Schlumberger Cellar World

New director appointed for the Vienna Convention Bureau

Christian Woronka, to date director of the Cologne Convention Bureau, was selected in an international recruitment process as the most suitable candidate to run the Vienna Convention Bureau at the Vienna Tourist Board (VCB). In this function, from 2019 he will be responsible for management and consolidation of the Convention Bureau and Market Management departments, and for expansion of conventions and congresses, corporate meetings and incentives. He will also further develop the Vienna brand in the meetings industry area.

Press release Vienna Convention Bureau

Vienna Convention Bureau

Winter Flight Schedule 2018/19

  • More than 40 additional weekly flights to 14 destinations in Europe
  • More flight connections to North America, a total of 30 flights per week
  • Twice weekly from Vienna to Cape Town as of 27 October 2018

Austrian Airlines will significantly expand its European route network in the upcoming winter flight schedule 2018/19. More than 40 additional flights each week will be operated to 14 destinations starting at the end of October 2018. This includes German cities such as Berlin, Dusseldorf and Hamburg as well as other destinations such as Copenhagen, Kiev, Athens and Krakow. These frequency increases will be made possible on the basis of enhanced efficiency in the route network. “Alongside the European flights we are increasing our frequencies to North America as well”, explains Austrian Airlines CCO Andreas Otto. “As a result we are strengthening Vienna as hub for our flights.”

Press release Austrian Airlines

Messe Wien is Austria’s First ‘Healthy Venue’

Messe Wien Exhibitions & Congress Center, run by Reed Exhibitions, has just become the first venue in Austria entitled to call itself a ‘Healthy Venue’ according to the stipulations of the World Obesity Federation. Messe Wien is owned by the city of Vienna and administered by MBG (Wiener Messe Besitz GmbH), an organisation within the Vienna Holding Group. It is presently one of just four healthy venues in Europe, and indeed only the fifth in the world. “We are very proud to be domestic pioneers in the field of healthy events”, enthused Benedikt Binder-Krieglstein, CEO of Reed Exhibitions Österreich.

Press release Messe Wien

Messe Wien

Kongresskultur Bregenz among the world’s three best congress centres

The Association Internationale des Palais de Congres (AIPC) has once again named Kongresskultur Bregenz (KKB) one of the three best convention centres worldwide. KKB, located in the province of Vorarlberg, has made it into the top three three times already – in 2004, 2010 and 2016 thanks to excellent evaluations by clients. The AIPC Apex Award is conferred every two years on the basis of extensive surveys that ask clients to rate various criteria.

News Kongresskultur Bregenz

Kongresskultur Bregenz


Business-Events in Schladming-Dachstein

You can encapsulate everything the Schladming-Dachstein Region has to offer in a single word: variety. Whether glacier or alpine tarn, mountain hut, seminar hotel or ski resort – here, you are sure to find everything you are looking for at the foot of the mighty Dachstein. Perhaps more than you have ever imagined. Including countless friendly faces and helping hands to make your business event an authentic, memorable experience.

Austria as rising star location for business visitors from Asia

Qatar and Austria are rising star locations for business visitors from Asia.

The two long-haul destinations rank highly with planners as locations for hosting business meetings and corporate events.

Event planners in Asia are increasingly looking beyond the region for hosting their business meetings and corporate events. With more airlines to choose from and lower travel costs than ever before, hosting an event at a long-haul destination is no longer considered a luxury.

Article by Keith Chan, MICE Biz magazine / South China Morning Post

MICE Biz magazine

danubeSAIL set to become a new landmark in the Austrian capital. Austria Center Vienna unveils its modernisation concept for 2022

The Austria Center Vienna recently unveiled the largest construction project at the venue since its opening around 30 years ago. A new access building with skywalk and three additional entrances will make it more convenient to use the different levels for separate events held in parallel. An attractive canopy – the danubeSAIL – will also be added to the square outside the building. By the time work is completed in 2022, this area will be transformed into a public space that brings people together, and adds a further 4,200m² for events in either closed or open formats.

danubeSAIL – press release

danubeSAIL – video

Austria Center Vienna