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News from the Austrian Meeting Industry

IMEX in Frankfurt is fast approaching

Visit 38 exhibitors at the Austrian stand E160!

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

First time exhibitors are: Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere, Hotel Schloss Weikersdorf, MICE at MQ, and Pletzer Resorts.

Homepage IMEX

Vienna continues to lead the way: second place in the 2018 ICCA congress statistics

The latest global congress figures just confirmed by ICCA for 2018 saw Vienna retain its second place. With a total of 172 events, the city ranked behind Paris (212) and ahead of Madrid (165). Christian Woronka, head of the Vienna Convention Bureau (VCB) and Market Management at the Vienna Tourist Board explained: “We are delighted with another excellent finish for Vienna this year in a highly competitive market. The Austrian capital’s strong performance – driven by its focus on the visitor economy – is down to the outstanding cooperation between all of the players in the Viennese meeting industry: from the congress centers and venues, to the hotel industry and agencies, as well as the customers that we were able to attract to Vienna. I would like to thank them all for their contribution, and congratulate my colleagues in Paris on their first place!”

Vienna Convention Bureau

The best MICE destinations: Austria in 2nd place

Austria is experiencing growing success year after year in this sector. For the first time, it is ranked 2nd.

According to the 8th edition of the PRO SKY Destination Report 2019, conference trips to Austria and Germany are booming. Austria is convincing with its appealing destinations throughout the year, exciting team building offers, increasing environmental awareness as well as its excellent cuisine.

MICE experts believe that incentive travel is getting more essential. Still, major prerequisite by far is security.

Destination Report 2019 (German version)

Congress industry in transition: ECR - 25th anniversary

The European Congress of Radiology has grown to become one of the largest and most innovative medical gatherings anywhere in the world. Hosted at the Austria Center Vienna each year, it attracts over 28,000 participants from more than 130 countries. It has huge importance for Austria from an economic and research point of view. However, the international meetings industry is currently changing at an incredible pace.

The ECR is without doubt one of the flagship congresses because of the ways in which it innovates each year. Unlike at many other events, a conventional poster presentation format has not been used since 2003 thanks to the availability of specially developed proprietary software. A study published by the Institute for Advanced Studies confirms also the importance of the national economy: gross economic impact around € 28m – 509 jobs have been created.


Summer flight schedule 2019

  • Austrian Airlines will offer higher frequencies to Germany in the summer
  • Numerous vacation destinations in Greece, Italy and Spain in the flight offering
  • Long-haul: Launch of flight service to Montreal, Miami in the offering again

Austrian Airlines will once again offer a dense network of destinations in the summer of 2019. The number of flight connections to Germany will be increased. Holidaymakers have the option of selecting among different destinations for example in Greece, Italy, Spain and many more. There is also a premiere on the airline’s long-haul offering starting at the end of April. “We already look forward to our inaugural flight to Montreal. Moreover, we will introduce two additional flight connections to Tokyo in the summer and thus fly there daily”, says Andreas Otto, Member of the Management Board and CCO of Austrian Airlines. The summer flight schedule will take effect on 31 March 2019.

Press release Austrian Airlines

Austrian National Tourist Office with 42 Partners at IBTM

The 31st edition of IBTM World took place at Fira Barcelona Gran Via from 27 – 29 November 2018.

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

First time exhibitors: 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

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