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News from the Austrian Convention Industry

Meetings without Borders

Carinthia Convention and its partners organised a culinary networking event for Slovenian meeting planners

The Jurcek Pavillion at GR – Ljubljana Exhibition Convention Centre turned into an innovative kitchen space for Carinthia Convention’s culinary networking event. 20 selected meeting organisers met 9 congress providers from Carinthia and Styria and established many new business connections and new contacts during the exclusive event.

The interactive introduction of Carinthia’s MICE offers was followed by a truly tasty experience: the participants created traditional dishes together, under the guidance of the two renowned chefs, Thomas Gruber from Carinthia and Igor Jagodic from Slovenia. A special highlight awaited the meeting planners at the end of the event: after being given an exclusive preview of future events in Carinthia, the participants watched a friendly cooking challenge between Thomas Gruber and Igor Jagodic.

Watch the event’s highlights by clicking on the photo on the right.

Carinthia Convention Bureau

Around 200 visitors at the 14th 'Tagungsmesse' in Graz

On 4 April Steiermark Convention’s 14th ‘Tagungsmesse’ took place under the heading ‘Genussvoll tagen’ (to meet with great relish) at Graz Airport.  

Around 200 visitors from various industry sectors (e.g. international corporations, leading industries, universities and agencies) could get a first hand look at the diverse meeting offers of 40 Styrian exhibitors and thereby establish new business contacts. Yet again Carinthia Convention was a guest at the ‘Tagungsmesse’ 2017. Erich Neuhold (GM Steiermark Tourismus) and Mag. Andrea Sajben (Steirmark Convention) presented the new meeting planners’ guide ‘Genussvoll tagen’ 2017-2018. The guide emphasizes incentive programmes, staff outings  and corporate events. Accompanied by culinary delights, visitors and exhibitors established new business contacts and exchanged ideas.

Picture gallery introduces new SeminarGuide

Business tourism is counted amongst the most important business areas in Lower Austria. The meetings’ guide offers information on 13 exclusive event locations for seminars, congresses and conferences.

Since 2016 the founders of the online platform, Dominik Scherz and Lukas Hasenauer, offer a digital location finder which does not only comprise Lower Austria’s best meeting venues but also supplies helpful information on how to organise a sucessful event. Strong partners in catering, event technology, photography and music round off the available services.

Business travellers profit from the recently developed SeminarGuide and its tailor made offers. The 30 page guide gives all necessary rnformation related to meetings, incentives, events and seminars.

Go to to order a free SeminarGuide copy.

Salzburg Convention Bureau: 'Green Marketing' at Lake Fuschl

Salzburg Experts in Event Tourism Discuss Eco Marketing

About 90 event experts from all over Salzburg followed Salzburg Convention Bureau’s invitation to Hotel Jagdhof at Lake Fuschl. An interesting evening related to the subject of green marketing awaited the attendees, including a speech by expert Regina Preslmair – responsible for environmental certification and touristic eco marketing in the context of the Österreichisches Umweltzeichen (Austrian Eco Label) and EU Ecolabel at the Ministry for the Environment.

‘More and more clients are interested in green meetings. They place importance on environmental conscious and sustainable meetings’, says Gernot Marx, general manager of Salzburg Convention Bureau. ‘Recognising those needs, many of our partners offer locations with corresponding infrastructure and equipment.’

Read more (press release available in German only)

Salzburg Convention Bureau


Vienna's Meeting Statistic Reached An All Time High in 2016

Top results for Vienna’s meeting industry in 2016

In 2016 the number of events increased by 11 %, the resulting number of overnight stays by 2 % and the thereby generated added value listed a plus of 3 %, putting it over the 1 billion Euro mark for the second time since 2015.

Vienna hosted 4.084 congresses, corporate events and incentives last year, 11 % more than in 2015. 1.320 (- 5 %) of those events were congresses, off that 581 (- 10 %) national and 739 (- 1 %) international ones as well as 2.764 corporate events and incentives (+ 21 %), off that 1.095 (+ 4 %) national and 1.669 (+ 34 %) international  ones.

The number of overnight stays generated by around 1.567.000 conference participants amounts to 718.000, a 2 % increase compared to 2015. Overnight stays generated by participants of meetings, congresses and incentives make up a 12 % share of Vienna’s overall tourism result 2016. In other words, the meeting industry generates every eighth overnight stay in Vienna.

Read more (press release in German)


Austria Center Vienna Unveils Latest Upgrades: Higher Capacity and Enhanced Look and Feel for Hall N

Even more space, contemporary architecture, better acoustics: Hall N on Level 1 has been completely transformed over the past few months

When the halls at ACV were built, they came with their own interpreting booths, in line with the venue’s primary function as a meeting location for the neighbouring UN. As English has long since established itself as the lingua franca at congresses, those facilities are no longer required and fewer and fewer customers are ordering interpreting services. As a result, the decision was taken to remove the cabins and dark wooden panelling to free up additional space and give the hall a more contemporary feel.  The capacity of Hall N has now increased from 237 to 370.

Creating a functional space where people would feel at home was key: Large windows let more daylight into the foyer and the new lounge areas are perfect for relaxing and recharging your batteries during congress breaks.

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Austrian Convention Bureau Welcomes New Members

Austrian Convention Bureau welcomes 4 new members

The Austrian Convention Bureau’s (ACB) network is growing steadily and is pleased to welcome 4 new meeting professionals. Impulsquartier Loipersdorf increases the number of convention centres within the network, Courtyard Marriot Vienna Prater/Messe the ones of the congress and conference hotels.

WMA Kongress GmbH joins as a new PCO (professional congress organiser) partner and IML Messe Logistik GmbH further strengthens the business line of congress suppliers with its business know how.

Press release  (available in German only)


Mondial Location Finder - KnoWhere! Forum 2017

Record visitor numbers at Modial’s KnoWhere Forum 2017

For the 4th time Modial’s KnoWhere! Forum, organised by the Location Finder team, took place at Palais Niederösterreich in Vienna. More than 500 meeting professionals and 65 suppliers from the meeting industry attended the event.

Exclusive networking, entertainment and informative talks marked the evening: a hash tag printer printed photos, which were posted on social media, in real time with the Mondial design. In his keynote speech Leo Hilinger revealed how he turned his parent’s wine-growing estate into one of the most successful ones within the German speaking countries and the importance of persisting in the face of setbacks.

The KnoWhere! Forum was a huge success with guests and suppliers and promises another record in visitor numbers for 2018.

More about KnoWhere! Forum  (article available in German only)


Veronika Handl: One of the Most Influential People in the Meeting Industry

Reader of KONGRES magazine voted Veronika Handl to be one of the top influencers of SEE’s meeting industry

Read the interview and discover the 2016 achievements of which she is most proud, her top events for 2017 and trends she believes will continue to make a huge impact on the meeting industry.

Read the interview


14th Tagungsmesse Graz

4 April 2017, 4 pm – 8 pm, Graz Airport

Looking for a unique location for your next event in Styria? Visit the 14 Tagungsmesse Graz, organised by Convention Steiermark, and let yourself be inspired by 50 meeting providers that meet your needs.

35 conference hotels, 6 congress centres, 4 event venues, 3 event agencies and 2 convention bureaux provide solutions and the perfect venue for any kind of event, from seminars to congresses.

Register now and let yourself be inspired. Culinary delights, a creative supporting programme and a prize draw with fantastic prizes await you!

Registration and further information about the event

Convention4u 2017: Visionary Meetings

On 19 and 20 June 2017 the Austrian Convention Bureau hosts their annual industry gathering at Congress Saalfelden

The needs of Generation Y (‘millennials’) and Z as well as ‘design thinking’ as driver of innovation are the key topics of the interdisciplinary exchange on meetings and events.

Convention4u addresses individuals, companies and organisations in the meeting industry who are interested in the latest industry developments or who are interested in tips and tricks for executing a successful events.

Registration opens April 2017

Austrian Convention Bureau

New Partners Join Convention Bureau Lower Austria

Three new first-class partners – Hotel Schlosspark Mauerbach, Schloss Thalheim and Schloss Rothschild – join CVB Lower Austria in 2017.

Hotel Congress & Event Center Schlosspark Mauerbach
Located inside a beautiful 5 hectare park, the 4-Star-Superior Congress Hotel offers a total of 19 meeting and function rooms. Situated on the Vienna city boundary it is easily reachable from the Vienna International Airport.
Schlosspark Mauerbach

Schloss Thalheim
The exclusive hotel, located inside the historical walls of castle Thalheim, is suited for meetings as well as for private and corporate events. Aside from the function rooms, events can be held in one of the many theme gardens, at the baroque castle chapel, the former indoor riding arena or the Far Eastern Tea House.
Schloss Thalheim

Schloss Rothschild
Within the last few years castle Rothschild in Waidhofen an der Ypps has established itself as a well-known event location. It offers a broad range of event venues: from the Kristallsaal, a spectacular crystal hall designed by star architect Hans Hollein and elegant salons to the cozy castle cellar, the rustic Schwarze Kuchl (black kitchen) or the beautiful castle courtyard.
Schloss Rothschild

Details of all 44 partners of Convention Bureau Lower Austria can be found in the recently released Convention Guide 2017, together with funding guidelines for events in Lower Austria.

Meeting Star Award - Austria 5 Times Amongst Top 10

The annual Meeting Star Award 2016 features Austria in 6 different categories 5 times amongst the top 10

Each year KONGRES magazine selects the 10 best hotels in the categories Boutique Meeting Hotels, Spa Meeting Hotels, Resort Meeting Hotels and City Meeting Hotels as well as the top destinations in Regional Meeting Destinations and National Meeting Destinations.

Two Austrian convention partners are amongst the top 10 hotels: Falkensteiner Schlosshotel Velden was rated 4th place of Top Resort Meeting Hotels and Loisium Wine & Spa Resort excelled as the best Spa Meeting Hotel.

As many as 3 Austrian cities were selected amongst the Top 10 Regional Meeting Destinations: Salzburg (2nd), Klagenfurt (3rd) and Villach (4th).


Austria Center Vienna: New Image Video

Are you ready for a fast-paced journey through the vibrant city of Vienna and a day at the Austria Center Vienna ?

The ACV’s new image video surprises by taking the viewer on a flight through Vienna, past imperial palaces, to a Viennese coffee house for a coffee and to the Viennese vineyards for a glass of Grüner Veltliner.

On the following morning the congress starts at the Austria Center Vienna, showing the viewer the many possibilites the congress centre offers: from major congresses, lectures, interactive work shops to glamourous evening events.

To view the image video, click on the photo to the right.

Austria Center Vienna