Smart event concepts, cutting-edge technologies and a highly motivated team are the foundations for an event business with a bright future ahead of it. The Hofburg Vienna is enjoying strong demand and the autumn season has a range of high-profile events in store. The venue’s status as the hub of the event scene is reflected in a packed schedule of congresses starting the moment the ball season draws to a close. The focus on multiday international scientific and research gatherings is also delivering promising results.Autumn congress line-upThe autumn will bring a host of international conventions as well as new exhibition formats. The Austrian parliament is holding its plenary sessions in the Grosser Redoutensaal, while a series of high-calibre events will present their progressive formats right next door in the Hofburg state rooms.The energy sector sets the ball rolling in the second half of the year with the 15th European Conference of the International Association for Energy Economics from 3 - 6 September. Medicine picks up the baton from 13 - 16 September with the 61st Austrian National Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Conference. Set to attract around 2,000 participants, the HR Inside Summit promises to establish itself as the new human resources get-together. Knowledge Transfer – Networking – Entertainment will be in the spotlight at this event centred on the Festsaal on 27 and 28 September. Design District 1010 will transform the first district into a walk-in design showroom for around 8,000 people from 6-8 October. The Hofburg Vienna is at the heart of this exhibition of selected premium brands. October brings the Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research (11 - 15 October) as well as car industry gathering A & W Tag 2017 (24 October). Modern and contemporary art provides food for thought at Art & Antique Hofburg Vienna 2017 in a unique exhibition setting from 4 - 12 November. The annual fair is a magnet for everyone who is anyone in the art scene. On 27 November, wine aficionados will be in their element when the Falstaff Red Wine Gala comes to the opulent Hofburg state rooms. The Health Benefit 2017 Award Ceremony on 14 December will be celebrating and inspiring excellence in tourism and health care.New Year’s Eve highlight - The Perfect Moment in TimeThe HOFBURG Silvesterball, which attracts 2,500 visitors from all over the world, brings the year to a fitting close. A unique mix of spellbinding New Year’s Eve highlights and memorable moments will ensure the turn of the year lives on for many years to come. Celebrate and enjoy this inspiring and magical night with us.On 31 December 2017 the Hofburg Vienna will get the Viennese ball season off to a spectacular start. Experience a fascinating line-up of programme highlights, a spectacular opening ceremony and spellbinding midnight performances. Around 120 musicians have something for everyone – from classic Viennese waltzes, big band melodies, and performances by string orchestras to jazz ensembles, the ever popular public quadrille and disco tunes long into the night. Book your tickets now: www.hofburgsilvesterball.com“A host of captivating ideas will come to life once again this year,” Managing Director Alexandra Kaszay reveals. The colour scheme spans rosé, lilac and lavender all the way through to rich violet. The historic majesty of the state rooms combined with innovative design will cast a spell on this year’s ball guests. Experience an unforgettable New Year’s Eve with views of Heldenplatz and the city’s stunning firework displays. At this point we don’t want to give too much away – but we can reveal that they are putting the finishing touches to a variety of special highlights to go with perennial favourites including the midnight countdown, the ringing of the giant Pummerin bell at St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the legendary Blue Danube Waltz.But what would New Year’s Eve be without the customary culinary delights? Gerstner Catering will serve an exquisite gala dinner – an experience for all the senses. And our excellent catering partners will provide a delicious buffet for non-dinner ticket holders. The replica Heuriger wine tavern gives ballgoers a taste of Viennese wine culture, while contemporary cocktails are served in our chill-out lounge.Ladies will receive the latest fragrance from Guerlain, while the gentlemen can look forward to irresistible pralines from Xocolat. The New Year’s Eve champagne flutes featuring distinctive branding, and fans for the ladies from the HOFBURG Silvesterball Collection, are personal gifts for guests and have already established themselves as treasured keepsakes.Looking ahead to 20182018 has the potential to be another excellent year for events. The clear trend towards meeting formats that support different kinds of knowledge transfer continues to gather pace. Thanks to its professional approach to venue management, the Hofburg Vienna once again secured new bookings from a number of high-profile organisers in 2018. Our team’s expertise combined with the state-of-the-art facilities at the venue sets the scene for new event scenarios.The Austrian Hotelier Association (ÖHV) congress (16 - 17 Jan) – the leading industry get together for the nation’s hotel sector – will get the new conference season under way at the Hofburg Vienna with 600 participants. Pioneers 2018 (24 - 25 May) is the ultimate get-together for tech start-ups, innovation managers and investors to establish new partnerships and help shape the future. A month later, OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) will host the 7th OPEC International Seminar (20 - 21 June), which is inspired by ‘Petroleum – cooperation for a sustainable future’ this year. Autumn highlights include meetings such as the 16th Austrian IT and Consulting Day (22 November) run by the Austrian Economic Chambers (WKÖ), as well as a series of medical congresses.The Hofburg Vienna also excels at cultural events such as concerts and gala nights. Each year the Hofburg provides the backdrop for the glittering ROMY Gala. Broadcast live on TV, this awards show and society highlight brings together film and television royalty. One of the most coveted culinary awards in the nation will be presented at the Trophée Gourmet A la Carte 2018. In autumn the state rooms are given over to a series of outstanding fairs such as Art & Antique Hofburg Vienna – a collector’s paradise thanks to its unique combination of artworks, period pieces and design objects. Imperial charm and contemporary lifestyle will also come together at a number of prestigious company presentations in 2018.Multimedia focusInnovations and an attractive product portfolio are the only way to break into new growth markets. Our impeccable quality standards and the flexibility demonstrated by the Hofburg Vienna team are the key to securing customers’ future projects.Demand for multisensory communication concepts, interactive presentations and attention-grabbing media installations is increasing all the time. When it comes to staging and choreographing event programmes, live communication is the way forward. Speakers share their expertise with the audience and supplemental sessions ensure a greater depth of knowledge transfer.The rise of the co-working congress represents another important shift in the way that events are planned. Rather than arbitrarily prescribing topics and content, content is developed according to what participants are most interested in. New event formats are increasingly focusing on networking areas. From open space workshops to world cafés, combining insights and networking in freely accessible spaces is a growing trend, and one that the Hofburg Vienna’s flexible layouts actively support. All of these developments show that virtual meetings are not set to replace physical congresses any time soon, since networking opportunities are so important. The Hofburg Vienna team demonstrates a high degree of flexibility when it comes to facilitating face-to-face interaction between participants, integrating events that play out in different parts of the venue and responding to increasingly complex technical challenges. All of the recent investments in conference technology and being able to offer a broad spectrum of options will only bear fruit over the long term if the right team is in place.“We are delighted with the results of our customer satisfaction survey, in which over 90 percent of respondents indicated that they were either highly satisfied or satisfied with the level of service they received at the Hofburg Vienna – from the initial consultation meeting stage all the way through to technical implementation,” noted Managing Director Alexandra Kaszay, attributing the positive outcome to the spirit of the Hofburg Vienna team.