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A record result for the Austrian MICE industry 

6 June 2017

An impressive 1.5 million delegates attended conventions in Austria in 2016 – helping Vienna climb to second place in the international ranking of conference destinations.

Austria is one of the world’s top locations for conferences, seminars and annual general meetings. The sector is booming and once again reported record results last year, with the number of events, delegates and hotel overnight stays recorded by the Austrian Convention Bureau all up on the previous year.

The number of events held in Austria rose 6.4% to 19,400, and the total number of delegates was also up 5% to some 1.5 million event-goers. Conferences, particularly international conferences, were the key contributor to the rise in overnight stays in the Austrian events industry in 2015, and that continued into 2016, with overnight stays up 5.5% to nearly 2.4 million. Events around economic, political or medical topics generated the most stays.

Having hosted 186 international conferences, Vienna made second place in the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) rankings for 2016, up two places on 2015. Paris hit the top spot with 196 international congresses, with Barcelona, Berlin, London, Singapore, Amsterdam, Madrid, Lisbon and Seoul also ranking highly. Austria also managed to edge up the national rankings, climbing from 14th to 12th place. The USA, Germany and the UK took the top spots.