Are you an event organiser? Do you organise or are you thinking of organising your next event in Vienna, Austria? I had the pleasure to interview Christian Mutschlechner, long-time director of the Vienna Convention Bureau of the Vienna Tourist Board.

  1. What is the Vienna Convention Bureau?
    The Vienna Convention Bureau is a department of the Vienna Tourist Board. Our main task is to attract meetings, conventions and incentives to our city.
  1. What type of services does it offer?
    Key services are of course research on potential businesses, accompanying our local representatives in the whole bid process, providing support in tendering a business won to local suppliers, accompanying the client throughout the planning process, consulting, advising and so on.
  1. What are the benefits of registering an event with the VCB?
    It is up to the client to decide if they would their event published in our convention calendar on the website. It helps clients as the event is promoted worldwide, increasing the chances of boosting attendance and it also helps contributing to our local meeting statistics.
  1. How does VCB assist conference organizers to plan and execute their meetings in an environmentally friendly way?
    In Austria we have the Green Meeting Certification, which means that the event will be judged if the meeting is organized in environmentally friendly way. The Vienna Convention bureau is one of the many institutions that are allowed to certify events.
  1. Why is Vienna one of the top destinations for international conferences worldwide?
    First of all the infrastructure Vienna has to offer provides a wide choice to meeting planners. With three different conference centres, Austria Center Vienna, Messe Wien Congress Center and Hofburg Congress Center, numerous meeting hotels, Universities and alternative venues like palaces and modern venues, Vienna can cover every need and taste of our planners.

Accessibility is a key factor – with the ongoing cooperation with the Austrian Airlines, our home carrier, we are able to offer an excellent network- this is of course is a great benefit for the meeting planners. Vienna Airport can be reached within 16 minutes by the City Airport Train and the Public Transport Network provides excellent connectivity within the city.
The Vienna Convention Bureau as an independent institution, with no members, allows full focus on our client’s needs.
In addition there is the Vienna Convention Bureau team: all professionals who have been working together as a group for more than 11 years and are able offer tailor made services to the clients.

To get in touch with Christian, go to christian.mutschlechner@vienna.info

 

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