Convention Bureau, the GCB hosted 11 corporate and association clients along with agencies from throughout Europe.
They visited the cities of Düsseldorf and Cologne with many extending their stay in Germany with a trip to Bonn.
Guests from across the UK, Austria, Italy, Netherlands and Denmark enjoyed a packed programme of site inspections at hotels and venues as well as a real insight into the industry expertise and cultural gems of each city.
In Düsseldorf, guests enjoyed a walking tour with a difference. The City Rally takes visitors through the old town, challenging their city knowledge with questions – a fun way to explore and learn about a new location. This was followed by a boat tour through the old town and MediaHarbour – a section of the old Rhine harbour which has been transformed into a centre for the creative industries.
A visit to the European Astronaut Center (EAC) in Cologne proved particularly popular as Graham Robinson from Venue Finder Solutions, who formed part of the group, comments:
“The star event was our visit to the EAC – I enjoyed the high quality facilities and professional talks from people who clearly enjoy their job. The venue stands out as being so different from anything else, but of immense interest.”
Cologne’s expertise in aerospace industry was explored with a visit to the Astronaut Training Facilities for European Astronauts as well as a guided tour through :envihab, a medical research facility of the Institute of Aerospace Medicine of the German Aerospace Center. The experience of Cologne was rounded off with a picnic dinner at the reopened venue Flora, where guests enjoyed regional dishes.
The visit to Bonn included site inspections at the impressive design hotel Kameha Grand Bonn and the World Conference Center, the city’s former parliament building. One of the cultural highlights enabled guests to celebrate Bonn’s most famous resident with a Beethoven concert.
Gianni Giovine, WOLF CommunicAction in Italy, would like to include Bonn in his portfolio, claiming: “Come to Bonn and take decisions where major decisions have been taken.”
The educational trip was a great success with guests impressed by the offering of all three cities. Participants praised the ‘perfect organisation’ of the trip and the majority confirmed they would recommend the destinations to their clients and consider them for future events.
Last chance to join a GCB Educational Trip in 2014! Potsdam and Berlin, 31st August - 3rd September 2014.
For more details, and to register, click here: http://www.gcb.de/en/gcb-educational-trip-to-potsdam-berlin-2014