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Vienna, city of conventions: record-breaking results for 2015

17 May 2016

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

Vienna, Austria’s federal capital, has posted its best trade fair tally of all time. The number of conventions and corporate events rose by 3% in 2015 to 3,685 and the related overnight stays rocketed to 1.7 million  (+13%). Vienna’s convention industry’s contribution to Austria’s value added chain has increased accordingly, climbing 16% year-on-year from 2014 and surpassing the EUR 1 billion mark for the first time. At the same time it secured more than 19,000 year-round jobs.

This achievement is particularly impressive in view of the steady rise in competition in the global convention business. Vienna owes its success as a convention destination mainly to international conferences; although these represent ‘only’ 20% of all events, they accounted for over half of all delegates, 76% of overnight stays and 81% of value-added to this sector in 2015. Vienna’s conference calendar already suggests that this success story will continue into 2016.