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The Austrian MICE industry 2018

12. June 2019

An impressive 1.7 million delegates attended conventions in Austria in 2018 - helping Vienna to reach again 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 strong and once again reported good results last year.

According to the Meeting Industry Report Austria (mira) published by the Austrian Convention Bureau and the Österreich Werbung (ÖW), the number of events in Austria in fact decreased by 1.2% in 2018 to 21,381, whereas the number of participants rose slightly by 0.2% to around 1.7 million. Conferences, particularly international conferences, were the key contributor to the rise in overnight stays in the Austrian events industry in 2018, with overnight stays up 2% to 2.58 million. Events around economic, political or medical topics generated the most stays.

Having hosted 172 international conferences, Vienna made second place in the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) rankings for 2018. Paris hit the top spot with 212 international congresses, followed by Madrid, Barcelona, Berlin, Lissabon, London, Singapore, Prague and Bangkok. Austria also performed well in the 2018 country rankings and took16th place with 240 events. The USA (947), Germany (642) and Spain (595) took the top spots.