These green locations meet all the requirements for sustainable events and are a source of inspiration with the highest level of comfort in meetings.
You would like to throw a conference that will inspire participants, yet at the same time make the conference as sustainable as possible? If you want to have a clear conscience when holding a meeting, several locations in Austria offer space to have a rewarding exchange of ideas whilst minimising the ecological footprint of the attendees. But what is really hidden behind the terms "green meeting" and "green event"? A catalogue of sustainability criteria have to be adhered to in order to qualify for certification and be awarded the Austrian Ecolabel. These pertain to, for example, the use of renewable energy sources, sustainable waste and recycling management, resource-friendly catering, and public transport connections. The following are some venues in Austria where these requirements are optimally met.
The historic ambience and sprawling grounds of the Baroque Esterházy Palace in Eisenstadt are stunning. The premises are a source for a wealth of inspiration not only because of a long and extensive history, but also because they simultaneously offer the most modern infrastructure suitable for every kind of event, no matter the size. And this is achieved by working within a sustainable framework where special attention is given to all areas of ecosystem-based management. When possible, local services and regional products have preference, and cleaning materials and printing paper are eco-friendly certified. Esterházy Palace became the first large-scale historical complex in Burgenland to receive certification for qualifying as a “green location.”
The ideal venue for all MICE initiatives is at the "Kasematten” in Wiener Neustadt. The premises here are highly flexible and adaptable, plus they are equipped with state-of-the-art technology. What’s more, the former weir became a certified green location in 2022. A special feature of the building is the roof, which is actually a terrace covered with grass and plants that serves as an open-air event space. A comprehensive concept for waste prevention was successfully implemented and electricity is exclusively obtained from renewable resources. You can also travel to the site in an environmentally friendly way since the casemates benefit from an excellent connection to the network of public transport.
A small El Dorado for climate-friendly events lies in Upper Austria. That’s because the whole region was awarded the Austrian Ecolabel for events. Business Tourism Wels has for many years been addressing the theme of green meetings and green events, and now all seminar hotels in the region have been certified with the ecolabel. Austria's largest solar powered plant integrated in a building is located on the roof of the Wels Exhibition Centre. You can hold sustainable meetings here completely stress-free and without any additional organisational efforts, as everything is taken care of for you – from sustainable catering to suitable accommodation.
You want to offer your guests a combination of meetings, nature, and active experiences? Then take a look at the congress centre in Zillertal, Tirol, where a broad spectrum of activities up on the mountain and down in the village are delivered. Additionally, superb conditions for meetings, seminars and conferences are provided, too. This certified green location offers 660 people barrier-free access to a choice of spaces with cutting edge facilities. Special attention is given to catering, featuring various concepts like fresh herb centrepieces as a renewable natural resource, locally sourced ingredients, compostable takeaway containers, and creative food repurposing. And with more than 3,000 hotel beds available within walking distance, all attendees at a convention here can be accommodated in the vicinity without the inconveniences of having to travel far.
The expanse of the glistening blue waters of Lake Constance in Vorarlberg can be a source of inspiration for your guests meeting at Hotel am See in the town of Hard. This location holds the Austrian Ecolabel and is also part of the climate-neutral alliance. Spaces like the creative zone that is bathed in light or the traditionally designed ideation atelier, invite participants to join inspiring workshops and meetings. High-end equipment is readily available, and for those who need a break in between, the hotel's own garden is the place to refresh the mind and reboot the brain.
The Rogner Bad Blumau was already certified with the Austrian Ecolabel in 1997, so the concept of using resources sustainably is not a new trend here. Emission-free heating and generating of electricity, the use of regional foods, climate-neutral printing of advertising material, organic farming and guest transportation with e-cars are just some examples of the environmentally conscious initiatives implemented in the facility. A maximum of 250 persons can be accommodated in the six available conference rooms used for seminars, conventions and meetings. On top of that all, the location is also uniquely positioned for incentives; after all, your guests will definitely appreciate staying in Austria’s most popular thermal spa.
Vienna's Ringstrasse is certainly the right address if it’s a particularly sumptuous ambience you seek for welcoming your guests. Hotel Imperial Wienoffers five elegant and very impressive banquet halls that are draped with opulent décor and furnishings. Silk and marble, for example, are some of the materials used giving the hotel an exclusive flair, and the Michelin award-winning cuisine leaves no culinary wishes unfulfilled. Here, your guests can literally feel the heartbeat of historic Vienna – and that, without compromising on sustainability, as this location also boasts the Austrian Ecolabel.
Berghotel Biberkopf: New opening in Vorarlberg
Berghotel Biberkopf sits in the middle of the Bregenzerwald, Arlberg and Lechtal regions. Its guests are charmed by the warm hospitality and the special ambience exuding from the sophisticated design. This venue with sustainability certification is especially well-suited to hold creative workshops and group work in an informal setting. Thirty-three people can gather together to discuss and exchange ideas in the Biberia seminar room, which is flooded with light. After the work is done, time out relaxing in one of the 65 rooms and eight suites is high on the agenda. Relish the breath-taking 360° views of Arlberg’s natural scenery: a large panorama window with a seat is part of the standard furnishing in all guest rooms. This is an impressive new meeting facility to be added to Austria’s already long list of venues.