Austria is one of the major meetings destinations world-wide. What would you say are the current trends when it comes to organizing meetings, events and congresses in your country?
“Sustainability is getting more and more important. Event and congress organisers try to organise environmentally friendly events and meetings. These “Green Meetings” are the future. Therefore we, the Carinthian Convention Bureau, have a Green Meeting licence (awarded from the ministry of environment in Austria). We can support our customers organising a green event.”

How would you promote Carinthia to international meeting planners?
“Carinthia is the southernmost region in Austria and borders directly to Slovenia and Italy. Once arrived in Carinthia you will suddenly notice that work and enjoyment go hand in hand.

Our USP is our marvellous landscape – crystal clear lakes surrounded by stunning mountain peaks. The delicious Alps-Adriatic cuisine is characterised by alpine down-to -earth cooking- but also by influences from Mediterranean cooking. Carinthia therefore is the perfect incentive destination. During the whole year we can offer a wide range of different and individual incentive programmes. For all meeting organizers who are looking for a place to recharge their batteries Carinthia is the perfect destination. Together with our hotel and service providers we make every meeting to a highly enjoyable stay.”

Meeting providers from Austria are returning to Conventa every year. What is the Conventa experience like for them?
“Every year we are exhibiting at about 15 to 20 MICE tradeshows in Austria, Germany, Italy and Slovenia – The Conventa is one of the best organized trade shows with high quality buyers.”

What kind of buyers will you be looking for at the 6th edition of the show?
“Buyers who are focusing on special destinations – an insiders’s tip, high quality meeting facilities, buyers who are focusing on sustainability and green meeting; buyers who plan and organize incentives.”

 What would you like to see more at Conventa?
“The online diary for exhibitors was always opened very close before Christmas which is not a very good time as most of the people are on holiday. We would be happy if the diary would be opened end of November/Beginning of December. Furthermore the location for the evening programms should change. The locations from the last years were good, but people want to see something new.”

In short, how would you describe Conventa?
“Very well organized, high quality.”

For more information about Carinthia please visit www.convention.kaernten.at

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