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Congress city Vienna - record results in 2012

28 April 2013

Austria's capital city is not only a favourite destination for tourists but also a hit with the congress and conference sector.

Austria’s federal capital, Vienna, has presented the best congress report of all time. The number of congresses and corporate events rose by 7% in 2012 to 3,376 and the related bednights rocketed to over 1.5 million for the first time (+8%). National value-added also increased, with the Viennese convention industry contributing EUR 914.7m to GDP in 2012, at the same time securing around 17,500 year-round jobs.

This achievement is particularly impressive in view of the steady rise in competition in the worldwide convention business. Vienna has always owed its success as a congress destination mainly to international congresses and these dominated the 2012 report more strongly than ever: although they represent "only" 21% of all events, they attract half of all delegates, 74% of bednights, and 79% of value-added in this sector. Vienna’s congress calendar for 2013 suggests that this success story will continue.

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