Meetologue 2015

ALPINE LAKES EXPERIENCE

The area around Villach, with its perfectly accessible location, is one of the most attractive meetings destinations in the wider region. Villach is an open minded city, especially well known for it’s festivals and parties. It is blessed with romantic and picturesque lakes, trekking, endless bike tracks, golf and excellent meetings capacities. In the winter time it continues to reach out with snow-topped mountains for skiing, incentive programmes, wine and an excellent food offer.

Given its important geographic location, Villach has always been an attractive regional shopping centre and it continues to be so with the new ATRIO centre located at the crossroads of Carinthia, Slovenia and Friuli, which acts as a completely new type of thematic shopping centre where it is also possible to organise events. With its thematic standpoint uniting three countries, languages and cultures, it is an ultra-modern incarnation of the regional spirit bringing together three cultural circles.

DID YOU KNOW?:
Villach Conference on Global Warming
The conference was held from 9 to 15 of October 1985. It was the first time that the world really started noticing the issues of global warming and the ozone hole. The conference was supported by the Austrian goverment, whilst a small team of expert scientists laid the path to permanent solutions in the future.

A city by the river Drava
Carinthia’s main river is the Drava, which enters the wide valley at Villach. In the city it is joined by the river Zilja and making its way through the centre of Villach to Baško Lake, it then runs alongside many natural beauties. You can really get to feel the essence of the river by catching a boat that stops just beneath the Congress Centre Villach, gliding past the new symbol of the city and under the most beautiful bridge in Carinthia.

Land of lakes
Carinthian lakes are known for crystal clear water, which is pleasantly warm because of the almost Mediterranean climate. For over 40 years the closest city lake, Osojsko, has hosted a series of concerts and events. Wide waterfront areas radiate liveliness and invite you to take a promenade. Other nearby lakes with an interesting tourist and congress offer are the Faaker See, Silbersee, Vassacher See, Magdalensee and St. Leonhard See. In a relatively small area there are a number of diverse and different lakes.

Back to nature – Weissensee
A very special Carinthian lake, Weissensee (white lake) is the highest glacial lake in Europe. In winter it turns into Europe’s biggest natural ice area, which makes it an even more appealing tourist attraction. On an icy surface of 6.5 km2 you will find ice-skaters from all over the globe, competing or just ice-skating for personal pleasure. The lake lies in the middle of the Alps, in a deep, narrow valley. It is a perfect example of a green destination.

Villach – The Thermal Spa resort of Carinthia
In 2012 came the long awaited ‘The Thermal Spa Resort of Warmbad Villach’, which was the icing on the cake for the whole Carinthian tourist offer. The most modern water park, alongside Hotel Karawankenhof (which is conected to the older, prestige Warmbaderhof hotel) can take pride in its good results and excellent visitor levels.

Local events worth a visit – Advent time fair in Villach
One of the prettiest (and also nearest) advent fairs has to be the one in Villach, which delights visitors from the 22nd of November. The Villach Traditional Advent, the traditional part of the fair, takes place on wooden stands around the city parish church. On the Hauptplatz, the main square, a Villach Culinary Advent takes place. A cultural part of the December offer also takes place in the Parkhotel.

Active incentive programes – Nassfeld: the best Carnithian Ski Resort
Thanks to its location and microclimate the Ski Resort Nassfeld is not only the place with the highest guaranteed snow in the Alps, but also the place with the most sunshine hours (850 per season). It falls into the top ten ski resorts in Austria and offers the biggest sunshine terrace in the Alps. It is also rich in incentive programmes, which are attractive in the winter as well as in the summer.

Biggest Carnithian congress centre – Congress centre Villach
The Congress Centre Villach (CCV) was built in 1971 and totaly refurbished just a few years back. The prominent building by the river Drava is the central congress scene of the region, with its large Joseph Resch hall that can hold up to 1,060 participants. A major advantage of the congress centre is the direct connection to the Holiday Inn hotel and the city centre location. Besides the main hall there are 11 small seminar halls available and a spacious lobby for exhibitions, with a surface area of 1,600 m2. For organising events in Carinthia you can also choose amongst various congress hotels. Kaernten Convention will help you choose the right location at their convention bureau, which has been successfullly working for many years. They are your first information point for the congress offer of the region.

Special Open Venue – Finkenstein Arena
Above the Faaker lake you can find the best known Carinthian special venue with an open arena and an event hall. The arena was built on a castle garden in 1980 and quickly became a buzzing Carinthian concert scene. It offers space for up to 1,150 participants and a covered hall with excellent acoustics, should there be bad weather. The covered event hall can host 1,500 participants.

WHAT'S HOT IN 2016

One of the biggest Harley Davidson events in the world takes place around Faaker lake at the beginning of September. More than 70,000 fans meet and celebrate for an entire week. The Harley Davidson Parade, which goes through the centre of Villach, forms the highlight of the event.

The unique multi-media content will provide you with wonderful insights about the attractions in the region of Villach, especially on the City Tour Villach. During spring, summer and fall there is a huge variety of walks, hiking, cycling and bike tours, as well as running and nordic walking routes. You will also find all the stages of the famous Alpe-Adria-Trail.

25.11.-24.12.2016
The magic of Christmas is Advent in the Villach Region. With all its bewitching smells and tastes. Such a festive atmosphere is only to be found in the heart of Carinthia.

Pacheiner observatory is located on the summit of Gerlitzen at an altitude of 1,900 metres and is the most modern and best equipped of any hotel in the country. The pride of the Pacheiner observatory is one of the largest telescopes open to the public in Austria. A look into the depths of the universe – an enthralling experience for all ages.

Austria’s largest citrus garden
Do you know where the lemons blossom? Italy? No, the Villach Region! On Lake Faak you will find Austria’s largest citrus collection in Michael Ceron’s citrus garden. With over 240 varieties and 2,000 plants up to four metres high.

DESTINATION GRADE

4.10

QUALITY MEETINGS DESTINATION
grade:
5 – excellent meetings destination
4 – quality meetings destination
3 – reccommendable meetings destination
2 – average meetings destination
1 – so so

A. Natural and cultural factors: 4.48

Carinthia is defined by its numerous waters, where over 1,270 rivers and over 200 warm lakes can be found, the biggest and most famous being Osojsko, near Villach. Adding to the experience is an interesting renaissance style architecture and the alpine spirit with a mediterranean touch.

B. General and transport infrastructure: 4.12

Carinthia has a very well developed traffic network. Three highways go through the country: South highway (A2), Turska highway (A10) and Karavanke highway (A11). The most important railways are the South railway and Turska railway. The city of Villach is an important traffic intersection. From an airline accesibility perspective, Villach is closest to Klagenfurt airport, although Ljubljana and Graz airports are also an option.

C. Tourist infrastructure: 4.85

Carinthia has a tourist season throughout the year. Whether its on the hiking paths, running tracks or nordic walking trails, on biking and horse riding roads or beautiful golf courses, if you like to be active you will find something for your taste. A great hotel infrastructure and a series of events are the final touch of a highly developed tourist product.

D. Meetings infrastructure: 4.07

Carinthia has excellent congress infrastructure at its disposal. A central meeting point is the Congress Centre Villach, but apart from that Carinthia also offers a variety of excellent congress hotels, where you can organise events for up to 1,000 participants. The incentive programme offer is also very extensive and will satisfy everybody, from adrenaline lovers to classic congress organisers. It sets Villach at the very epicentre of the regional incentive offer.

E. Subjective grade: 4.36

Villach is the centre of the Carinthian incentive industry, attracting congress organisers with its natural sense of openness and happiness. It is no surprise that the biggest Harley Davidson event in the world takes place at the Faaker lake. In addition to that has an excellent culinary offer and a wide choice of hotels. In the direct vicinity of the city there are many excellent 5 star hotels, over 1,400 rooms in 4 stars hotels and 2,500 rooms in family hotels and pensions.

F. Marketing buzz: 4.29

The Carinthian meetings industry is tightly knit into a very well working convention bureau, which connects the smaller destinations of Central Carinthia, Bad Kleinkircheim, Klagenfurt, Worthersee and Villach. They offer organisers free services for searching for venues and connecting with local congress providers. They also present the region as a whole, although it sometimes seems that Villach doesn’t get adequate attention. In the bureau you can find 47 of the best hotel providers in the region. They create a lot of positive buzz for the local meetings industry.

VILLACH INDIVIDUAL GRADES 2016 
DESTINATION MARK:4,10
Natural and cultural factors:4,48
General and transport infrastructure:4,12
Tourist infrastructure:4,85
Meeting infrastructure:4,07
Subjective grade:4,36
Marketing Buzz:4,29
ICCA index:1,02
Numbeo quality of life Index:4,90
Global Peace Index:4,79

BEST INCENTIVE IDEA

RAFT BUILDING WORKSHOP
Raft building is a classic teambuilding exercise where teams construct a functional raft by themselves.It is up to the teams how to build it, as long as the raft carries them over water. Everyone has to contribute to the planning and construction to make it work, putting a focus on the ability to communicate, forward-think and generate responsible action.

COMPARISION WITH THE REGION

Villach is the second largest city of Carinthia and its tourist sights attract an enormous amount of visitors. Villach has also become established as a small Silicon Valley in the Alps, with an international character reflected in the town’s infrastructure.
The main reason for a meetings industry in this part of Austria are the numerous incentive programmes, all of which you can engage with in a very clean enviroment. The most charming aspects are the Carnithian way of life, cultural diversity and a general sense of casualness. In our opinion the main advantages are the size and the feeling of familarity, along with a modern congress infrastructure. Locals also like to emphasise the border location, sat at the crossroads of three nations, which hasn’t been totally picked up in a congress sense.

It is an inspiring mixture of meeting facilities, atmosphere, modernism and a high quality of life and services at any time of the year.

COOL MEETINGS

Natural, homemade and traditional are the words to describe the culinary specialities of region. They are especially proud of their unique eating habits and dishes. The mixture of Alpine and Mediterranean air serves up smoked ham and cheese even more aromatic and delicious than usual. You must also try the salmon from Ziljska valley, or the tasty meat of a Carinthian mountain Ox.

WHO TO CONTACT

Convention Bureau Region Villach
c/o Villach-Warmbad /Faaker See /Ossiacher See Tourismus GmbH

Ms. Martina Mayrhofer
Töbringer Straße 1
A-9523 Villach Landskron

Tel.: 0043(0)4242/42000-53
Fax: 0043(0)4242/42000-42
mayrhofer@region-villach.at

www.region-villach.at

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