Christian Mutschlechner, director of the Vienna Convention Bureau, has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to the meetings industry during the Meetings Leadership Summit at ibtm world in Barcelona.
Mutschlechner’s career in the sector has spanned nearly 40 years. He started as a volunteer for congresses back in 1977, moving into the PCO world at Interconvention. In 1985 he joined the Vienna Tourist Board and became deputy director of sales and promotions.
In 1991 the Vienna Convention Bureau became a separate department in the Vienna Tourist Board and Mutschlechner became its director. Today he leads a team of 11 people and has gained an international reputation as one of the industry’s international role models for leadership of a convention bureau.
During his career Mutschlechner has been a board member of the European Federation of Conference Towns, and International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) president from 2002 to 2006. Since 2009 he has been president of the Austrian Convention Bureau.
Mutschlechner was presented with the award during the Meetings Leadership Summit, an event which precedes the ibtm world show at Gran Via, Barcelona.
Presenting the award, Graeme Barnett, Reed Travel Exhibitions, senior exhibition director said: “Christian is a true trailblazer in the meetings industry. His dedication and willingness to support the industry has been outstanding from his leadership during his presidency of ICCA, through to his passion for his city and the team he leads, to his absolute openness in sharing his experiences with others – he really is an inspirational figure in our industry.”
Accepting the award Mutschlechner said: “I am honoured and absolutely surprised to be recognised for my contributions to the meetings industry and there are two specific elements that go beyond my home town of Vienna. My participation for many years in the Forum for Young Professionals is a fantastic initiative by ibtm events that helps the industry’s young people. Also thanks to the co-operation and support that Reed Exhibitions has given to convince the UNWTO that our industry needs its own economic measurement tool, we have now achieved it after many years of both our efforts.”