More than three-quarters of congress visitors travel to Vienna by air. A new service in the city helps them to cut travel time, freeing up precious hours for them to focus on their work. The capital’s two largest conference centers now feature self-service check-in machines.
Vienna has added yet another service for international conference participants: in addition to cut-price tickets for the Wiener Linien public transportation network, complimentary maps and information packs from the Vienna Convention Bureau, delegates traveling by air can now take advantage of a time-saving new feature. Permanently-installed self-service machines at the Austria Center Vienna and the Messe Wien Exhibition & Congress Center now enable passengers flying with Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa, Swiss and Brussels to check in and print out their boarding passes on site. The machines are similar to the self-service terminals at the airport or checking in using a PC at home or in the office, with options including seat selection, upgrades to business class and booking add-on services. Congress check-in is available in 11 languages (German, English, French, Italian, Czech, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Ukrainian, Chinese and Japanese).
2015 another record year for Vienna as a meeting destination
Vienna’s meeting industry posted new records across the board in 2015. During the year, the capital hosted a total of 3,685 congresses and conferences, company meetings and incentives (just under 750 of which were international). The number of overnight stays attributable to these events came to 1.7 million, an increase of 13% on the previous year. The meeting industry’s contribution to Austrian GDP was up 16% year on year to EUR 1,038 million, passing the billion mark for the first time. One particularly striking aspect is that 81% of value added is attributable to international congresses, a segment that accounted for half of all meeting participants and 76% of overnight stays in 2015. Vienna offers direct flights to more than 180 destinations worldwide and currently has around 65,000 hotel beds