Congress venue

General

Congress Innsbruck is combining an international standard with Tyrolean charm. The distances are short, the layout clear and all the facilities under one roof. Above all, we attach great importance to personal service, so that every function is an occassion in itself - a real event.

From classical to modern:
It was 1973, when one of the most modern conference centres in Europe was built in Innsbruck. About 20 years later it was extended almost by half. Today, following the merger with the Innsbruck Fairgrounds in 2005, even more facilities and space are available. The varied range of halls offers the right atmosphere for every occasion from 20 to 3000 guests and even more. Starting 2007 a very new location will be offered on top next to Innsbruck - congresspark igls.

History

Built as the first and biggest self-contained theatre in Europe at the end of the Middle Ages and later converted to a riding school (which served as a model for the Spanish Riding School in Vienna), the Dogana received its name when used as a customs house during the Bavarian occupation in the early 19th century. Its function as the centerpiece of Congress Innsbruck can be traced back to 1869, more than a hundred years before today’s facility opened. That was the year of the first conference to be held in the Tyrol, the General Assembly of the Austrian Federation of Catholic Associations.
Initial plans to build a conference center in Innsbruck were ventilated soon after World War II, but it was not until 1966 that the decision was taken, in the face of sometimes fierce resistance, to build the Tyrol’s first conference and multi-purpose center on the Rennweg and to integrate the bombed-out shell of the Dogana. The center opened in 1973, and floor space was increased by 45 % in the framework of a refurbishment and upgrade project in 1995. Regular investments guarantee the continuous modernization of the facility.

Awards

Recent years at Congress und Messe Innsbruck have all been record years, culminating in the 2001 Apex Award in Melbourne, where Congress Innsbruck was crowned king of the world’s congress centers. The Apex Award is made on the basis of an international poll conducted by Heilbronn University of Applied Science. Meeting planners evaluate the performance of the world’s conference facilities on the basis of strict criteria in nine categories. Among other things, Congress Innsbruck achieved the top scores for overall impression, ambience, exhibition facilities, project management and customer service, and thus outstripped such big names in the finals as Sydney, Melbourne, Vancouver, Munich and Vienna.

2005 Apex Congress Centre of the Year Award (2nd place)
2001 Apex Congress Center of the Year Award (1st place)
2000 Apex Congress Center of the Year Award (3rd place)
1998 Golden Wheelchair Award for outstanding access for the disabled
1997 Apex award in the category Creative Excellence – Congress Brochure
1997 Apex award in the category Creative Excellence – On-line Electronic Media
1997 Innsbruck Ecology Prize
1997 Tirolissimo award: 1st prize in the category Advertising Campaign
1996 Tirolissimo award: 1st prize in the category New Media

Awards received by General Manager Georg Lamp

1999 The Tourism Industry’s Man of the Year
2002: Innsbruck University’s Badge of Honor 
2002: Cross of the Tyrolean Order of Merit