In 2017, the editorial board of Kongres Magazine had the chance to speak to some of the most important players of Carinthia’s congress industry scene. They gave us some special insight into different fields, in which they have been mastering their craft and promoting Carinthia as a first-class congress destination.

Irene Grünbacher, Congress and Event Manager at Congress Centre Villach

The only combined Hotel and Congress Centre in Austria
What is really important is to offer an excellent service to our clients. We are trying to give more to our clients and to live up to the expectations of our main slogan, which is: ‘you get more’.

Gundolf Schlender, Penthouse Butler at Holiday Inn Villach

Loyalty and Commitment are the keys to success
“In my job, I take care of the younger colleagues as they come to me for advice, when they start working in this hotel. I am like a big dad for all of them. I like my work, because every day is a new day and you get to know new interesting people from all over the world.”

Helmuth Micheler, Head of Klagenfurt Tourism Bureau 

Every meeting destination is more or less interchangeable – except for its stories
“The advantages of Klagenfurt are the short distances, the really good sports infrastructure, the southern lifestyle and a good range of traditional restaurants.”

Denise Kunisch, Director of Sales & Marketing, Falkensteiner Schlosshotel Velden 

Hotel with the most stunning view
“Schlosshotel Velden is the ideal setting for celebrations and meetings, with its luxurious, modern, and perfectly equipped rooms, complemented by a panoramic terrace.”

Karolin Struger, Seepark Hotel and Spa 

Perfectionism Is Not Enough!
“People working at the Seepark Hotel are working perfectly together in a team and this makes the work so much easier and a lot more fun.”

Marko Haschej, TEDxKlagenfurt 

Inspiration & Creativity go hand in hand
“We aim to work closely with our partners to get the most out of their presentations and to engage with the attendees during the event.”


Anna Granitzer, Sales Manager at Falkensteiner Carinzia 

Life Is A Game Be A Part Of It!
“I would like to be 17 again. Because you are still a teenager, but you want to be an adult and you still have some restrictions which you would like to try to the limit.”

Guido Schwengersbauer, CEO of Landhotel Seppenbauer

Landhotel Seppenbauer is the perfect getaway from work
“Our main mission right now is to spread the word about us and the undiscovered potential of the entire area. We have seen that we have to use our director’s name and the story behind his family to open up people’s minds.”

Kerstin Fritz, General Manager at Holiday Inn Villach & Congress Center Villach

The Key To Success Are Always The Employees
“Our goal is to bring even more congresses and events to the city, as there still is potential, although we already had about 400 events with more than 110,000 visitors in 2016.”

A long-time meetings industry addict, Gorazd is the Founder and owner of marketing and event agency Toleranca Marketing. He has many years of experience in planning, preparing and carrying out large international meetings and exhibitions. As the founder of the "Power to the Meetings" methodology, he still firmly believes in the power of live events and human to human communication. He is also the author of numerous articles and editor-in-chief of the meetings industry magazine Kongres Magazine.