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News from the Austrian Meetings Industry

Austrian National Tourist Office with 41 Partners at IMEX Frankfurt

IMEX Frankfurt, the worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events, took place from 15 – 17 May 2018. The Austrian National Tourist Office was present with more than 40 Austrian exhibitors – Convention Bureaux and destinations, venues and event locations, hotels, DMCs & PCOs, Majestic Train de Luxe and Lufthansa Group with Austrian Airlines.

The next IMEX Frankfurt will take place from 21 – 23 May 2019.

Please, find some impressions below, more directly on our Social Wall.

IMEX Frankfurt

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

Convention4u 2018 in Burgenland

From 2 to 3 July 2018, Burgenland will host the Convention4u for the first time.

Meeting professionals from the Austrian meetings industry will discuss current challenges and trends at Kultur Kongress Zentrum Eisenstadt.

Austrian Convention Bureau

Convention Burgenland

Summer Flight Schedule 2018: More Flights to Germany, Greece and Italy

Austrian Airlines is once again showcasing an extensive offering in the new 2018 summer flight schedule, encompassing 138 destinations in 55 countries. “We are focusing on Germany this year. However, we will also boost our flights to Greece and Italy in the summer flight schedule of 2018”, explains Austrian Airlines CCO Andreas Otto. The airline’s portfolio of long-haul flights is also being expanded in the summer season. Austria’s flag carrier will operate five weekly flights to Tokyo as of May 15, 2018. In addition to traditional holiday destinations in Europe, Austrian Airlines will offer more flight connections in the upcoming summer to Tel Aviv, the Israeli metropolis on the Mediterranean. On balance, there will be 18 weekly Austrian Airlines flights between Vienna and Tel Aviv.

Austrian Airlines – press release

Austrian Meetings & Events

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

Incentives Alpe Adria

From 26 – 28 April 2018, Carinthia hosted 30 regional providers of incentive programmes and over 50 carefully selected hosted buyers from all over Europe.

The event was a combination of personal contact between buyers and suppliers powered by a One2One solution (pre-arranged meetings) and a ‘Try before you buy’ programme, where participants could try active, adrenaline, cultural and culinary incentive programmes.

Incentives Alpe Adria

Carinthia Convention

Snow & MICE Forum in Kitzbuehel

The Snow & MICE Forum took place in Kitzbuehel from 18 – 21 March 2018. It was an exceptional M&I Forum and offered the possibility of networking with industry-leading suppliers and discovering a unique MICE destination.

Hotel Kitzhof Mountain Design Resort was the host hotel, K3 KitzKongress the meeting venue.

Snow & MICE Forum


Hotel Kitzhof Mountain Design Resort

K3 KitzKongress

KnoWhere! Forum 2018 in Vienna

The KnoWhere! Forum, organized by Mondial, was held on 8 March 2018 at MuseumsQuartier Wien (Ovalhall & Arena 21/Q21).

More than 40 event locations, hotels & hotel chains from Austria, and professional event suppliers of any kind were present.

KnoWhere! Forum (in German)

Mondial Venue Finder

MuseumsQuartier Wien

Austria Center Vienna and Medical University of Vienna: joint initiative for Vienna as a congress location

The Austria Center Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna have a shared goal: to bring as many specialist international congresses to Vienna as possible. Under the new cooperation, Austria’s largest congress centre and the nation’s largest medical teaching institution will work even more closely together.

Cooperation ACV & MedUni Vienna

Overnight stays: Innsbruck, the Congress and Trade Fair City, achieves record results

With 3.2 million overnight stays, more tourists stayed overnight in Innsbruck last year than ever before, as the latest tourist statistics show. Innsbruck, the major city in the Alps, is now only second to Vienna in the whole of Austria. One reason for this, according to Christian Mayerhofer, CEO of Congress Messe Innsbruck (CMI), is the strong MICE sector.

Congress Messe Innsbruck

Conventa 2018

From 24 – 25 January 2018, more than 30 meeting professionals from Austria exhibited at the 10th edition of Conventa in Ljubljana, Slovenia!

The next Conventa will take place from 23 – 24 January 2019.


Martina Candillo takes on management of third-party events at Messe Wien

Martina Candillo became head of the department responsible for the management of guest events at Messe Wien on the 1st January 2018. This involves assumption of responsibility for congress and event business at Reed Exhibitions Group Austria – a role previously held by Renate Dobler-Jerabek, who retired at the end of 2017.

Messe Wien

Awards for Austrian hotels

On the web page “Die 222 besten Hotels Österreichs” (“The 222 best hotels in Austria”), published by the Connoisseur Circle, the following hotels – who work together with the Austrian National Tourist Office also in the convention sector – finished first:

Category Design Hotels: Gradonna Mountain Resort

Category Honeymoon Hotels: Schloss Fuschl, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa

Category City Hotels: Hotel Sacher Vienna

Die 222 besten Hotels Österreichs (mostly in German)

Best Convention Centers 2017

Five Austrian Convention Centers are (partly ex-aequo) on the list “Best Convention Centers of 2017” (Meetings Star Award 2017 / Kongres Magazine).

We congratulate the following winners:
Austria Center Vienna, Salzburg Congress, Congress Center Villach, Congress Schladming, Messe Congress Graz.

Best Convention Centers 2017