Imperial palaces, magnificent museums, cafes and classical music.
The Ritz Carlton Toronto was alive with the vibrations of Vienna on Tuesday September 13 while the Vienna tourist office hosted a group of VIP travel advisors, tour operators, airlines and media for an evening of networking and updates.
“Vienna is open and ready” Armando Mendoncapresident of AMpm Canadawho represents the Vienna Tourist Board in Canada, said pax at the dinner held at the hotel TOCA restaurant.
Mendonça was in the “Cité de la Musique” just three weeks ago – and “it was just as dynamic as when I was there in 2019”.
“Cafés, museums, palaces and monuments are open. It was great to see the city alive and ready for tourism,” he said. “If you love arts and music, Vienna is the city to be in.”
“People absolutely want to go to Vienna”
The night was supported by Star Alliance partners Air Canada and Lufthansa Group/Austrian Airlines, Vienna Airport and the Ritz-Carlton Vienna.
Tony Celiodirector of specialty sales at Air Canada, said he wanted agents to know that “we are your number one choice from Canada to Vienna” with nonstop flights.
As part of an Atlantic joint venture, Air Canada and the Lufthansa Group with Austrian Airlines offer customers “simplicity, choice and value,” Celio said. pax.
For summer 2022, Air Canada has increased service from five hours per week to daily starting in August for the remainder of the season.
Air Canada will continue to offer flights to Vienna from Toronto in winter with four weekly flights.
Austrian Airlines will continue to operate from Montreal with five weekly flights for the summer and three weekly flights for the winter of 2022-23.
“We are seeing strong demand. Our load factors prove it,” Celio said. “People absolutely want to go to Vienna.”
Air Canada customers can use domestic and European connections, Celio added.
“The joint venture enables seamless connectivity,” he said. “Customers can also take advantage of reciprocal loyalty programs.”
Every corner tells a story
With an unrivaled reputation for classic cakes, pastries and coffees, Vienna, Austria’s classic capital on the Danubelaunched 2022 with a focus on celebrating life, the arts and its vibrant and diverse culture.
The Green City (also known for its opulent ballroom season) has some 900 public parks and gardens (53% of the city’s area is green space), 200 castles and palaces, and more than 100 museums.
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“Viennese like to have fun. It is a city where you can travel all year round,” said Marie PoltB2B market manager for the US, UK and Canada at the Vienna Tourist Board.
Every corner of Vienna tells a story.
At Belvederethere are two baroque palaces called Upper and Lower Belvedere.
The site once served as a summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy and now houses the largest collection of paintings by Gustav Klimt – his most famous painting, “The Kiss”, is kept here.
There is also the famous Vienna Opera.
“Even if classical music isn’t your thing, take a backstage tour of the Opera House and you’ll understand why it’s so important to us,” Polt said.
Vienna’s enduring appeal is rooted in its history, which is shaped by an artistic and intellectual legacy due to iconic figures who lived there, such as Mozart, Beethoven, Sigmund Freud, Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and others.
Vienna is also the only major city in the world to have vineyards within its city limits – there are 700 hectares of vines and 140 winegrowers less than 20 minutes from downtown.
“You can sit in our vineyards, drink your wine and watch the sunset over the city. It doesn’t get any more perfect than that,” Polt said.
Those classic coffees? They’re considered “our extended living room,” Polt added. It also evokes the famous Vienna Boys Choir as “the oldest boy band in the world”.
Then wait until mid-November arrives and the traditional Vienna Christmas markets open up. That’s when the city “transforms into a Christmas wonderland,” Polt said.
The transfer of Vienna International Airport in town is also an easy and airy experience.
“It takes you 16 minutes to get from the airport to the city on the city airport train,” Polt said.
Gregor Postl of the Austrian Trade Commissionn also spoke of the “very friendly inhabitants” of Vienna.
“There are more than 100 nationalities in Vienna, so you will feel right at home,” he said.
Vienna offers luxury, but not everything comes at a luxury price, Mendonca said, referring to the city’s many boutique hotels.
But guests looking for an elevated experience have options — Vienna is home to several high-end hotel properties.
The Ritz-Carlton Vienna is particularly unique.
With a warm, relaxed and refined ambience, the hotel breaks away from the traditional imperial ambience by creating an upscale and welcoming environment.
But the hotel still retains a sense of place by incorporating elements of Viennese art and naming its spacious suites after popular landmarks – like the “Albertina Suite”, which is a nod to the famous city of Vienna. Albertine museum.
The Ritz has a partnership with this famous attraction – in the “Suite Albertina” five masterpieces of the museum are exhibited.
“Instead of going out into the world to see Vienna, we’ve brought you the essence of what Vienna is all about in a place where you can feel absolutely relaxed,” said Reece Vanassedirector of leisure sales at the Ritz-Carlton Vienna.
Vienna can also be the starting or ending point of a larger European adventure.
“Once in Austria, you can combine the trip with another country. It can be a multi-country experience,” Mendonca said.
Hot booking incentive
The evening also came with a booking incentive – travel advisors can register their bookings in Vienna for a chance to win two business class tickets from Canada to Vienna, courtesy of Air Canada and the Agency tourism in Vienna.
The promotion is valid for bookings from September 5 to December 31, 2022 and for travel between the same window. (Blackout dates and terms and conditions apply).
Agents are encouraged to email Armando Mendonça at [email protected] to obtain a registration form.
The winner will be contacted the week of January 9, 2023.