100 years old and still going strong: in 2017 we celebrated our centenary – as well as a highly successful financial year.

As Austria´s leading tourism company, the Verkehrsbüro Group reported revenue gains in all three of its businesses. In the Business Tourism segment we benefited from being a full-service provider and reaped the rewards of our internal restructuring process. An upturn in the economy and increased demand for travel gave our colleagues working in Leisure Tourism at Ruefa and Eurotours plenty to smile about. Investment activity and a trend towards city breaks are bolstering results in the hotel segment and fuelling new concepts for additional growth. Palais Events & Café Central in Vienna are booming!

Based on Group sales of EUR 951.1m (up 9.3% year on year), pretax profits (EBT) amounted to EUR 20.2m (up 30.9%) and consolidated profit for the year advanced to EUR 15.2m (up 24.0%). With developments in 2018 shaped by digitalisation, growth and a quality offensive, this year is already looking equally promising. www.verkehrsbuero.com

The conference center “municon” will be expanded to 34 rooms for conferences and meetings at the Munich Airport.

All conference rooms are flooded with light and equipped with the latest technology as well as new TV screens. They can accommodate four to a maximum of 180 people. The open and modern architecture creates a pleasant atmosphere for discussions, meetings and conferences. Only a few steps away from both terminals, the “municon” is centrally located and thus easily accessible. The exclusive restaurant caters to the conference guests. The operator is Allresto Flughafen München Hotel und Gaststätten GmbH. Our colleagues will be happy to assist you when planning your meeting: mice@ax-travel.at

The newly opened Motel One Amsterdam-Waterlooplein revolves around the themes of flea markets, upcycling and old masters.

In its second hotel in Amsterdam, Motel One has gone for an extraordinary and luxurious interpretation of the “flea market” theme, with old windows, doors, cabinets and wooden planks as wall cladding, a chandelier made of flea market lamps and a workbench made of various materials with integrated table lamps. The inspiration came from the famous flea market on the historic Waterlooplein Square, which the hotel is also named after. The Dutch artist Piet Hein Eek skillfully combines the themes. The hotel is in a prime city location.

“Austria Trend Hotel Park Royal Palace” now renamed “Radisson Blu Park Royal Palace Hotel Vienna.

Our colleagues from Austria Trend Hotels, Austria’s largest hotel group, are entering into a franchise partnership with Radisson Blu, Europe’s largest upper-upscale brand, for another one of its top hotels. The 4-star superior hotel, currently known as the Austria Trend Hotel Park Royal Palace Vienna, is now a Radisson Blu franchise. Austria Trend Hotels have already been successfully cooperating with the Radisson Blu Hotel Altstadt in Salzburg since 2001. The cooperation strengthens the positioning of the Hotel Park Royal Palace as a leading international hotel in the immediate vicinity of Schönbrunn Palace. With 233 rooms and a 900 square meter conference area, the hotel is one of the leading hotels in Vienna’s event hotel industry. Particularly striking is the extraordinary architecture with gold accents and the connecting bridge to the Technical Museum.