23.10.2015 08:45
Group picture at press conference.

Photo: CIS/Ulrike Rauch. From left to right: Eberhard Schrempf, Managing Director of Creative Industries Styria; Mag.a FH Stefanie Schöffmann, CEO look! Design; Mag. Gerhard Widmann, Managing Director of Graz Airport; Dr. Christian Buchmann, Provincial Councillor for Economic, Tourism, European and Cultural Affairs.

Graz Airport as a new world of business experience

Known as a “gateway to the world” itself, Graz Airport is now opening its doors to everyone interested in taking a look beyond the taxiways and behind the scenes. Graz Airport is the latest member in the “Erlebniswelt Wirtschaft” project and was awarded the seal of approval by Provincial Councillor for Economic Affairs Christian Buchmann today.

Around one million passengers travel through Graz Airport every year. These business travellers and travel-stressed tourists generally don’t have time to take a look behind the scenes of this beacon Styrian company. Time that anyone interested should, however, now take for the behind-the-scenes tour of the airport. Sneak glimpses of plane preparation and the airport fire brigade, usually never to be had, are on the flight plan. Other items on the “itinerary” include: the business aspects of the airport, that ensures fast connections to global markets for international companies and research facilities, for instance the local automotive industry, hi-tech companies in the wood industry, medicine and ecology, along with the Styrian universities.

“Graz Airport connects Styria with the rest of the world and is thus a key factor in the internationalisation of our business world. The new behind-the-scenes tour gives visitors fascinating insights, showing them what happens away from the departures hall and apron!”, Provincial Councillor for Economic Affairs Christian Buchmann is pleased to report on the latest member in the beacon project initiated by him. As of now, the Graz Airport behind-the-scenes tour is available for booking at www.erlebniswelt-wirtschaft.at.

“Aviation continues to exercise great fascination, with interest undiminished for many years. Guided airport tours have long played an important role for us and we are proud to be the 47th member company of the ‘Erlebniswelt Wirtschaft’ project”, explains Gerhard Widmann, Managing Director of Graz Airport.

Incidentally, Creative Industries Styria (CIS) – responsible for the high quality of the tours – is interfacing between companies and the creative sector in this project. The behind-the-scenes tour of Graz Airport was developed by look! design: “What would Styria be without an airport? This is the question we asked ourselves in putting together a behind-the-scenes tour of the airport as a commercial enterprise, focusing on all of the organisational and security procedures that take place in the background”, explains Stefanie Schöffmann from look! design.