Social Responsibility

Barrier-free accessibility

Barrier-free accessibility is of particular importance to us at Salzburg Exhibition and Congress Centre. It’s something we do our utmost to ensure by installing new infrastructure, and by refitting and upgrading around the entire venue. The exhibition centre has been fitted with barrier-free entrances and access points for visitors with restricted mobility. The ring-shaped arrangement of the halls ensures distances between the halls are kept to a minimum! In accordance with our corporate philosophy, we provide for a diversity of requirements at the venue. We are well aware of our duty to respect the needs of our visitors and exhibitors, which demands the continual implementation of new initiatives and measures.

 

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plan view of all our barrier-free facilities
  • designed to consider access for people with various degrees of disability

    • The expo complex was designed to consider access for people with various degrees of disability. Roads, concourses and entrances are all more or less on one level, with no steps to be navigated to reach access points. The meeting rooms on the first floor can be easily reached in a number of lifts.
    • Salzburg Exhibition and Congress Centre has established a central point of contact for all inquiries concerning people with disabilities. Issues which have been brought up are discussed internally and appointments arranged for discussions with those responsible. Relevant recommendations are made, the necessary measures for implementation are delegated internally and externally to people with the requisite powers, and also determined at executive meetings if necessary.

    • The team at Salzburg Exhibition and Congress Centre is in a constant and highly-constructive dialogue with the city of Salzburg’s municipal advisory committee for disability issues – and with the responsible Disabilities Officer, Sabine Neusuess. A regular annual tour of the facility is part of the agreed joint strategy to ensure specific and ongoing improvements at the venue!  

  • plenty of parking spaces

    • There are plenty of parking spaces for guests with a restricted degree of mobility. They are situated right outside the entrances at P1, P5, P7 and P8.
  • Cloakrooms and toilets for guests in wheelchairs

    • There is also barrier-free access to our disabled-friendly toilets for guests in wheelchairs.
    • Whenever new buildings are required or existing infrastructure is to be adapted, the ‘special needs of disabled people’ are allocated equal importance and value on the agenda for implementation. For instance, the general overhaul of multifunctional hall number 1 involved the installation of six toilets equipped for disabled users, and included all the necessary hygiene accessories.

    • Staff from the venue and responsible persons from other external bodies are instructed to provide well-informed advice to guests with special needs. Such information may include how to get to the disabled-friendly lift or to request provision of a Eurokey for the toilets at the information desk.

Social responsibility and environmental sustainability

We care about sustainability.

Social responsibility and environmental sustainability are issues of great significance for us. They begin with the tasks of employers, involve waste separation at events, and don’t stop with the implementation of effective energy-saving measures all around the complex. In cooperating with suppliers, as well as insisting on the best quality, above all we make sure that transport routes are as short as possible - to keep C0² emissions to a minimum.

Our Corporate Social Responsibility measures include:

    • All events held at Messezentrum Salzburg and in the Salzburgarena can be attended conveniently by using public transport. Cooperation with Salzburg AG enables visitors to ride to and from fairs at the venue, and events organised by Messezentrum Salzburg GmH, free of charge.
    • If required, a shuttle bus service is organised to take visitors parking at the nearby football stadium in Kleßheim to and from the expo complex.
    • On site at the exhibition centre there are two charging stations for electric cars. More information can be found HERE.
    • Messezentrum Salzburg sources exclusively green electricity from Salzburg AG. This power is generated by small local hydroelectric power plants in the Salzburg region.
    • There are photovoltaic panels mounted to some of the expo hall rooftops.
    • Daylight in the expo halls generates a pleasant atmosphere and helps to reduce electricity consumption.
    • All spots and strip lights are fitted with fluorescent lamps.
    • There are motion sensors in the corridors, hallways and toilets to avoid power consumption when facilities are not in use.
    • All ventilation and air conditioning systems have been fitted with heat retrieval technology.
    • Water is used sparingly due to the installation of water-saving taps in most of the toilets and washrooms.
    • Environmentally friendly cleaning products are used to reduce groundwater pollution.
    • There are special waste container islands all around the expo complex to allow waste to be disposed of according to type.
    • Experienced waste disposal professionals provide expert support with waste separation tasks.
    • Regionally grown and seasonally produced goods from certified suppliers are given priority when catering for guests at exhibitions, trade fairs, congresses and events. This cuts down the transportation distances, thus minimising CO² emissions and ensuring that all food arrives on the visitor’s plate in a pristine condition.

Green meetings & events

Many of our guests are very conscientious and responsible in terms of the environment and the use of natural resources – but at events they often have no way of influencing practices. Events bearing the ‘Green Meeting’ and ‘Green Event’ EcoLabels provide visitors with exactly these choices.

Messezentrum Salzburg is an Austrian EcoLabel license holder for Green Meetings and Green Events. Hence, we can help you to certify your event according to EcoLabel criteria. We would be delighted to assist you with the planning and implementation of an environmentally friendly event.

Events that bear the ‘Green Meeting’ or ‘Green Event’ badge can show that the organisers are highly responsible and demonstrate an environmentally sustainable approach to the following:

  • Regional profit generation and social responsibility
  • Guests travel to and from the fair by environmentally friendly means
  • Guests are catered for with environmentally sustainable products
  • Regionally, seasonally and organically-produced foods for all forms of catering
  • Low-resource-consumption material management and environmentally friendly purchasing
  • Avoid waste and guarantee environmentally friendly waste disposal

Organisers of ‘Green Meetings’ and ‘Green Events’ are expected to meet a variety of criteria that can be checked with a software application especially created for the task.

Our employees are given specialised training to ensure these criteria are adhered to. As well as the benefits for the environment, these measures guarantee our guests also enjoy a very pleasant show.

Your contacts for green meetings and events:

Green Meetings & Events
Sabine Haberl BA, MBA
Coordinator Management & Organisational Development
Am Messezentrum 1
5020 Salzburg
Austria
T: +43 662 24 04 41
Marketing & Communications
Mag. (FH) Michaela Strasser
Head of Marketing & Communications
Am Messezentrum 1
5020 Salzburg
Austria
T: +43 662 24 04 14