Austria Center Vienna celebrated with Global Award
20 April 2016
Pictured above (from left):Tracy Baker, Director of Sales, Perth Convention and Exhibition CentreInge Hanser, INCON Co-Chair, Managing Director of CPO Hanser ServiceMichael Part, Head of Sales on behalf of the Vienna Austria CenterDaniel Branik, Chief Information Officer & Award Judge, ArinexMike Lee, Vice President of Sales, Marina Bay SandsRoslyn McLeod, INCON Co-Chair and Managing Director of ArinexAt the annual IMEX Tradeshow in Frankfurt, the Austria Center Vienna was announced as the overall winner of the 2016 Digital Infrastructure Award. The award now in its third year celebrates best in class Digital Infrastructure in meetings venues around the world. The judges also distinguished Marina Bay Sands, Singapore and the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Western Australia as joint runners up and Croke Park Meetings & Events from Ireland for an honourable mention.
Presenting the award today Roslyn McLeod, INCON Co Chair said: "year on year we are seeing some great applications from congress centres around the world. We are delighted that Vienna has won this year’s award they were by far our strongest entry. We hope that other venues will follow suit and lift the quality of digital infrastructure across the whole industry".
"As someone involved in the organization and running of 8 major events per year, I have first-hand knowledge of the importance of best in class digital infrastructure to a successful meeting. It pleases me no end that more and more conference and expo centers are understanding this and stepping up to the challenge. The excellent field of candidates this year speaks to that. It is with great pleasure to award the Austria Center Vienna top honors this year in an ever more competitive field and to recognize our runners up and honourable mention as examples we hope the rest of the industry will follow" said Bob Heile, the award judge.
Daniel Branik, Arinex Chief Information Officer who sits on the Award Judging panel remarked "Greater international competition, higher client demands and continual strong technology growth is seeing many convention centres significantly investing in their digital infrastructure to provide delegates with a better meetings experience. Furthermore, it is positive to see non-convention centers putting forward a great submission and investing into their digital infrastructure".
"I'm very pleased that our efforts of the past few years are now clearly bearing fruit. Especially in the last three years we have shown just how effective the Austria Centre Vienna is at staging successful international congresses. So winning the Digital Infrastructure Award is a success that also demonstrates the excellent standing the Austria Center Vienna when it comes to digital infrastructure at large-scale national and international conferences. These developments are striking the right note with customers and delegates. I am also very delighted with the faith that our IT-partner H82 is pulling in the same direction as us. Together we succeed to realize great innovations – such as the awarded high quality WLAN for 20,000 participants," Susanne Baumann-Söllner, Managing Director of the Austria Center Vienna concluded.
Mike Lee, Vice President of Sales, Marina Bay Sands said "Marina Bay Sands is honored to be recognised for our commitment in delivering the ultimate show experience through our industry-leading MICE infrastructure. As Asia's most iconic integrated resort, we continuously attract global events, from major trade shows and conferences, to record-breaking incentive meetings, and Hollywood red carpet events. It is our unmatched scale of technical equipment and expertise that makes us the choice destination for meetings."
INCON is a partnership of the world’s leading conference organisers and event management companies. The partnership covers 170 destinations and employs a total of 3,500 staff. INCON has substantial purchasing power and organises annually 10,000 projects, serves 1.5 million delegates, and manages budgets in excess of €1 billion.