The Real Estate Industry Event-Parquet.
Currently, a great many interesting national and international events for the real estate industry are taking place every year – be it trade fairs, conferences or networking evenings. Here are just a few of the events where you can meet us:
66. Österreichischer Städtetag - Tyrol - Austria
|7.-9. June||EXPO Italia Real - Milano - Italy|
|16.-17. June||CRE - International Conference - Berlin - Germany|
|2. July||RICS Residential Property Conference - London - UK|
|25.-27. July 2016|
|30. August - 1. September||Economic Symposium Alpbach - Tyrol - Austria|
|1. - 2. September||Financial Symposium Alpbach - Tyrol - Austria|
|25.-28. September||CRE - Annual Convention 2016 - Washington - USA|
|4.-6. October 2016||EXPO Real 2016 - Munich - Germany|
The “Ritz-Carlton” in Budapest played host to a meeting
between the owner of the said hotel, Khalaf Ahmad Al
Habtoor, and Prof. Alfons Metzger. In the coming years, the
billionaire native of Dubai, who also owns the Hotel
Imperial in Vienna among others, has plans to acquire
various properties in Europe (see interview on page 8).
During the talks between Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor and Prof.
Alfons Metzger, the possibility of the two companies
cooperating as regards further investments in Europe was
In April, the Director of the Albertina, Dr. Klaus Albrecht
Schröder, together with Dr. Christian Konrad, President of
the Friends of the Albertina, extended invitation to the
2016 festive Fundraising Dinner. Among the, approximately
300, prominent guests from business, politics, culture and
society were also Prof. Alfons Metzger and his wife Silvya
Metzger-Petz as sponsors. On this evening, among the guests
of the couple were Volksoper Director Robert Meyer and his
wife, as well as Dr. Johannes Jarolim, Member of the
National Assembly, and Univ. Prof. Dr. Bob Djavan, also both
with their wives.The proceeds of this year’s fundraising
dinner are to be used to purchase a central and exceptional
work by Anselm Kiefer: “Der gestirnte Himmel über mir und
das moralische Gesetz in mir.” (“The starry heavens
above me and the moral law within me.”)
In early April a very special event was held in the elegant
setting of the Park Hyatt Vienna. “Treasures for
Children” was not only a terrific spring ball, but also an
important charity event, which Prof. Alfons Metzger and his
wife Silvya Metzger-Petz not only attended but also
supported financially. Guests at their table were:
Gen. Dir. Ing. Wolfgang Hesoun with his wife, as well as
former Federal Minister Rudolf Hundstorfer and Attorney at
Law Dr. Peter Oberlechner with their partners. The net
proceeds of the evening were donated to UNICEF, the United
Nations Children’s Fund. As the theme of the evening
already said, these will be used for “Treasures for
Children”. And these will go to countries situated in
southeastern Africa, such as Malawi, in the form of
children’s exercise books and pencils. These can be
considered as real treasures as these will allow them
opportunities for a better life.
FIABCI World Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Real Estate Breakfast at the Gloriette
Many years of work and decades of experience went in to
developing the prrc Rating Model from the Metzger Real
In late February, Prof Alfons Metzger was presented with the
"Consul" award during an event.
Once again, one of the most popular celebrations of the ball
season this year was the 12th "Night of the Viennese
Economy" in the Vienna Town Hall. Under the patronage of the
Mayor of Vienna, Dr Michael Häupl, prominent VIPs from the
economic sector came together such as ÖBB GD Mag. Christian
Kern, DI Hansjörg Tengg, Hans Peter Spak, Ali Rahimi, Hans
Schmid as well as local government representatives.
200 members from all over the world took up the invitation
to the FIABCI Business Meeting in the USA.
During the FIABCI Meetings in Chicago, a private reception
at the Australian Embassy took place as well as a Gala
Dinner at the invitation of the World Bank.
In the meantime, Baden bei Wien saw the 121st season opening
of its Harness Race Track, which this year went under the
title of Artists Helping Artists and International Opening
The luxury Park Hyatt Vienna Hotel was officially opened in
the former Länderbank headquarter at the court with a
festive gala event.
This summer the Vienna Volksoper provided a very special
evening for all lovers of art.
For the second time, Austrian Real Estate GmbH (ARE),
together with DMV Publishers, extended an invitation to
attend the Strandbar Herrmann for breakfast.
The Albertina fundraising dinner was a resounding success.
Star tenor José Carreras returned to the world opera stage
with the EL JUEZ (los ninos perdidos) opera which was
especially composed for him personally.
The 11th Nacht der Wiener Wirtschaft took place in aid of
the “Against Violence” campaign.
As the name suggests, this evening is a fixed date for
friends of hunting and traditional garb. The Board of
Directors of the MRG Metzger Real Estate Group let the
traditional 28th ball of the Vienna State Association begin
with a dinner in a small circle.
As chairman of the “Friends of Africa Education in
Vienna” Society Vice Mayor Renate Brauner, together with
Silvya Metzger, presented Ndaba Ntsele, the President of
“Education Africa”, with a check for €40,000.
The 2014 Real Estate Ball took place in the historic rooms
of the Vienna Hofburg to mark the official “beginning of
the new real estate industry year”. Meanwhile, it is the
ninth ball and once again about 2,000 guests took up the
invitation again including many international industry
The members of this exclusive organisation, which was
founded in the USA in 1952, met in Vienna at the invitation
of Kenn Riggs, the President of the CRE Counselors of Real
Estate organisation, and Art Pasquarella, the Chairman of
the International Committee.
In December of 2013 the FIABCI Winter Business Meeting took
place. Once again about 200 participants from all over the
world met in Dublin to exchange ideas in various official
meetings and personal interviews.
Friends, clients and personalities from the arts, culture
and political scenes met again at the Metzger residence to
the sound of the traditional chamber concert. Prof. Alfons
Metzger and his wife Silvya extended invitation to a concert
from the “Vienna Youth Philharmonic” with music by
Handel, Popper, Mozart, Shostakovich, Puccini, Verdi, Liszt
...at the Heurigen Welser. One keeps the faith with the
traditional events even if the location is different. So
this year the MRG "Ganslessen" was held at the Heurigen
Welser in Döbling, Vienna.
Few guests passed up the opportunity of a jovial
get-together in a relaxed atmosphere with superb dining.
Whilst on a business trip to India KR Prof. Alfons Metzger
was, among many other international companies from the real
estate industry, present as a guest and speaker at the
National Association of Realtors (NAR) in New Delhi, India.
During the Erste Bank Private Banking event the MRG Metzger
Real Estate Group gave a presentation on national and
international real estate investment and its risks and
The MRG Metzger Real Estate Group was also active this year
as a sponsor of the Knize & Comp fashion ateliers annual
polo cup at Schloss Niederweiden.
This time the Board Meeting of the CRE Counselors of Real
Estate to establish the European Chapter was held in the
premises of the MRG Metzger Real Estate Group.
This year the annual midyear meeting of the Counselors of
Real Estate (CRE) took place in New York again. The
delegates of the European Chapter were Leopold Kühmayer,
Alexander Benedetti, Guniz Celen, Nicholas Chatzitsolis,
Bruno Ettenauer, Alain Donnadieu, Michael Reinberg and
Alfons Metzger. A magnificently interesting lecture and
discussion was held by Larry A. Silverstein, president and
CEO of Silverstein Properties Inc. and constructor of the
World Trade Center Towers.
“Due Diligence – just an alibi?” – The organiser of
the podium discussion, Michael Buchmeier (MRG Metzger Real
Estate Group), debates this subject together with Zoltán
Gálffy (FAL-CON HOLDING GmbH Steuerberatungsgesellschaft),
Ernst Vejdovszky (S IMMO AG) and also Gerhard Haumer
(PORREAL Gruppe) under the moderation of Gerhard Rodler.
In order to support the Albertina in the purchase of works
of art, the MRG Metzger Real Estate Group participated in a
fund raising dinner at the Albertina. Among those invited by
Prof. Alfons Metzger and Mag. Michael Buchmeier were the
former Chancellor Franz as well as Christine Vranitzky,
Stephan and Ulrike Weninger (SIVBEG GmbH), Eva and Stefan
Wierzbinski (Granite Real Estate), Barbara and Heinz Redl
(BHR Management Consult GmbH), Thomas Dänemark (Friends of
Following tradition, Matthias and Eva Rant, Heribert and
Elena Smolé, Peter Oberlechner and Renate Bittinger, Heinz
and Barbara Redl, Tomas Ctibor, Claudia Knehs-Vranitzy and
Joachim Knehs, Gabriel Lansky and Elizaveta Dubrovskaya got
into the spirit over a delicious dinner in the former
residence of Anna Demel, the Café Demel.
On the 12th November 2012 a private concert was hosted by
Sylvia and Alfons Metzger. Under the direction of Dr.
Michael Lessky the “Youth Philharmonic” offered a medley
of various classical composers consisting of Wolfgang
Amadeus Mozart, Giacomo Puccini, Richard Strauss and George
Bizet. Daniel Serafin (baritone), Alina Pinkas (violin) and
Sieglinde Feldhofer (sopran, Opernhaus Graz) ensured the
strongvoiced and musical performance.
The annual MRG Metzger Real Estate Group "Ganslessen" took
place on the 14th of November 2012 at the Zimmermann Inn.
Nearly 200 people from business, culture and television
gathered for the occasion to spend a genial evening with
punch, goose and wine. Gabriele Domschitz, Bruno Ettenauer,
Wolfgang Hesoun, Sissy Mayerhofer and former Chancellor
Franz Vranitzky are just a few of the guests of the evening.
“40 Years of Excellence” – this was the motto of the
40th anniversary of the founding of the Metzger Real Estate
Group. 300 guests accepted an invitation from the heads of
the company Professor Alfons Metzger and Michael Buchmeier
to a gala evening in the Redoutensäle of Vienna’s
Hofburg. The Who’s Who from the worlds of both art and
Viennese business who lined up to celebrate alongside the
birthday boy included Karl-Heinz Strauß/Porr, Wolfgang
Hesoun/Siemens, Franz Vranitzky, Harald Serafin,
Hans-Jörgen Manstein, Klaus Wildbolz, Bruno Ettenauer/CA
Immo, Michael Griesmayr/IC Projektentwicklung and Peter
Zöllner/Austrian National Bank – to name but a few.
In April of 2010, a charity concert in the Vienna
Musikverein was held, organized by Mr. KR Prof. Metzger (MRG
Metzger Real Estate Group), Mrs Mag. Fuhrmann (TPA Horwath)
and Dr. Oberlechner (Wolf Theiss Legal Practitioners).
Conducted by Principal Conductor Michael Lessky, the "Youth
Philharmonic" Orchestra concerted Dvorak’s 9th Symphony
with Concert Master Albena Dainalova playing a solo violin
concerto by Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. Special thanks go to the
sponsors from the real estate industry. Their donations
contributed significantly to the success of the event
raising a net profit of € 202,000. Following the
stabilization of the situation in Haiti, we now discuss the
use of the funds earmarked for the construction of a youth
and education hostel.
The subject of restructuring and renovation of hotels, the
specifics of hotel evaluation as well as the associated
difficulties was discussed by Martina Maly (Michaeler &
Partner GmbH), Olivier André Frühwirth (RE-STRUCTURE Real
Estate Restructuring GmbH) and Erik Steger (Wolf Theiss
Rechtsanwälte GmbH) in the experts group. The discussion is
led by Alfons Metzger (MRG Metzger Real Estate Group).