MICE industry in Austria witnessed a significant growth in 2015. The country hosted 18,172 events with approximately 1.46 million participants, as per the latest Meeting Industry Reports Austria, presented by the Austrian Convention Bureau and the Austrian National Tourism Centre.Last year, the conference industry generated around 3.1 million overnight stays (+10.9%) in the country, leading to an increase from 2.1% in 2010 to 2.3% of overnight stays by all tourists.“While the congresses in 2015 represent only a quarter of all the events, they generated more than half of all participants and three quarters of all overnight stays,” commented Petra Stolba, Managing Director, Austrian Tourism Centre.The MICE industry recorded an increase of 12.6% with a total of 4328 conventions while corporate meetings represented 46.9% of the events. Vienna remained the meetings industry leader with 39.2% of all events organised in the capital. Salzburg solidified its position as the second largest conference destination in Austria. Regarding the number of events, lower Austria took the third place.Small and medium-sized markets on the other hand dominated the year with a market share of 94.5%. Congresses with participants less than 100 represented 61.3% (+30%) of the entire congress business and around 16% of participants. Contributing the biggest share among these were the business and political events.Besides, the Austrian eco-label for Green Meetings and Events was launched in 2010 and has established itself as a recognised label for sustainable events. In 2015, there were 329 green meetings organised in Austria.
Go back to the e-newsletter >Marriott Hotels has expanded its portfolio in China with the unveiling of the 268-room Changzhou Marriott Hotel in Jiangsu Province. Changzhou Marriott Hotel occupies the top floors of Changzhou Modern Media Center, the tallest skyscraper in Changzhou.The Marriott Hotel in Changzhou has 268 spacious panorama rooms featuring views of the city skyline. Each room is equipped with the state-of-the-art facilities and amenities ranging from Wi-Fi, luxurious bedding with down comforters and cotton-rich linens to spacious marble bathrooms and 42” flat-panel TV.Changzhou Marriott Hotel offers a total of 1,900 square meters of meeting space with an 800-sqm grand ballroom, a 280-sqm premier ballroom and 11 meeting rooms that can be scaled for various functions and sizes.Hotel guests can enjoy a myriad of local and international culinary delights at five food and beverage outlets. City Bistro features sumptuous buffet as well as an a la carte menu; The Hao Chinese restaurant offers authentic Huaiyang, Cantonese and local cuisine in an elegantly-appointed ambience; Tuscany Grill is an Italian grill room offering steaks, pastas, classic Italian desserts and signature Italian wines; The China Baking Company is a contemporary style bakery; The Lounge is a relaxing place to enjoy locally inspired cocktails, speciality drinks and signature Chinese teas.Changzhou Marriott Hotel features a range of wellness options for travellers including an indoor swimming pool and a 24-hour health centre.Go back to the e-newsletter >