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Population: 1.765.649Population: 14.160.467
ICCA Country and City rankings 2012: 3rd place / 182 meetingsICCA Country and City rankings 2012: 8th place / 146 meetings
Mercer Quality of Living 2013: 1st placeMercer Quality of Living 2013: 121 place
+ Vienna is one of the world's leading meeting cities, with some 3,300 events each year. A cultural metropolis, music capital, event heaven, with a congenial blend of imperial nostalgia & dynamic lifestyle, a stroll around Vienna can be like a journey back in time to its Imperial past. Vienna boasts 27 palaces and 163 other stately homes. Vienna is a safe, green, clean city. It is also a compact city that makes for easy logistic planning and it can be reached easily and quickly thanks to its central location at the heart of Europe. It offers a unique blend of historic charm and cool modernity with three conference centres, some 90 hotels with conference facilities, as well as more than 50 historic, modern and incomparable event locations. Vienna is for the fifth year running ranked number 1 with regard to the quality of life. For eight years in succession it has also been ranked number 1 worldwide by ICCA and also takes number 1 spot worldwide in the 2012 Smart Cities Index.+ Throughout history Istanbul has been at the crossroads of civilisations and something of a meeting point. It offers its congress product through seductive orientalism. Congress facilities are too numerous to set out here, but the city is easily capable of hosting the largest congress events. The main advantage of Istanbul is that it has re-organised its meetings industry and taken advantage of its strategic location at the crossroads between Asia and Europe. This is further complemented by exceptional air accessibility, with 50 airlines flying into the city daily. Cosmopolitan Istanbul has come back in full splendour and has become one of the top global congress cities. The destination is back in the limelight and is the new global success story. We believe that the Istanbul meetings industry will be the new congress success story, for it has already fulfilled almost every condition and at the same time it is still relatively inexpensive.
Vienna meetings flashpoints:Istanbul meetings flashpoints:
1. Hilton Vienna - Austria's largest congress hotel, with 17 conference rooms for up to 1,800 participants1. Hilton Bomonti - one of Europe's largest convention hotels, which is setting new Hilton standards
2. Hofburg - The former winter residence of the Habsburgs has 35 meeting rooms for 50 to 1,300 delegates and 17,000 sqm. floor area2. Basilica Cistern – an unusual gala dinner in the largest underground cistern in the world
3. Melia Vienna – Austria’s tallest building offers spectacular 360 degree views and a grand ballroom with a terrace overlooking the city3. Tea time a la Turca - the enjoyment of drinking tea is unforgettable experience for your conference guests
4. City Palais Lichenstein - has been restored to its former glory and may be viewed exclusively as part of an event4. Club scene at the Bosphorus - a club with the most beautiful views of the Bosphorus: Reina, Sortie, Suad and Super Club
5. Restauranthalle, Museum Quartier -where modern art is exhibited5. Santralistanbul - a special venue in the restored electrical central
STAY:Hotel Le Meridien ViennaSTAY: Ciragan Palace, Kempinski Istanbul
FINAL MARK: 4,98/5FINAL MARK: 4,51/5