New partners for the GCB German Convention Bureau e.V.

New and continuing partnerships announced for this year are set to provide important opportunities for the German Convention Bureau to market the country as a location for meetings and conventions. More information: www.germany-meetings.com

Frankfurt/Main, February 18, 2015. The German Convention Bureau (GCB) has welcomed new partnerships with key organisations across Germany. Last year's partners, Congress Center Hamburg (CCH) and the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel & Conference Centre are now Members in Focus as is Stuttgart Convention Bureau, new for 2015. Preferred Partners are the congress hall KONGRESSHALLE am Zoo Leipzig - partner of the congress initiative do-it-at-leipzig.com and Hamburg Convention Bureau.

Matthias Schultze, Managing Director of the German Convention Bureau, says: "We’re delighted to be working in close cooperation with such diverse and renowned organisations. Our partnerships give the German Convention Bureau even more opportunities to present Germany’s strengths internationally as a location for meetings and conventions – especially in the spheres of sustainability, innovation and expertise in science and business. Both parties profit from the enhanced profile and positive image.”

The congress hall KONGRESSHALLE am Zoo Leipzig - partner of the congress initiative do-it-at-leipzig.com
From autumn this year, the congress hall will be available to event planners. The Leipzig Congress Hall, situated next to the zoo, is a historic building which opened in 1900 and hosted cultural events as well as being a concert venue for the Gewandhaus Orchestra for over 80 years. After completion of the extensive renovation works, started in 2009, the congress hall will have 15 rooms and halls with capacity for 10 to 1,200 people as well as numerous foyer and lounge areas. It is suitable for congresses, meetings, company events, receptions and evening events. http://www.do-it-at-leipzig.de

Hamburg Convention Bureau
As a direct subsidiary of Hamburg Marketing GmbH, the Hamburg Convention Bureau (HCB) combines location finding with a broad spectrum of expertise relating to B2B events such as meetings and conferences as well as major events in the public sector. Its responsibilities include the worldwide marketing of Hamburg as a location for meetings and conferences as well as raising Hamburg's international profile via impressive public events. www.hamburg-convention.com

CCH – Congress Center Hamburg
In the heart of the Hanseatic city the CCH provides 23 halls for flexible use with seating for 12,500 people as well as 10,000 m2 of exhibition area. The 7,000 m2 multifunction exhibition hall provides an optimum location for large conventions combined with exhibitions, with around 250 events taking place there each year. The CCH has hosted over 15,000 events in the last 42 years and welcomed approximately 17 million visitors from Germany and abroad. With an average of eight AGMs of listed companies each year the CCH has been one of the top three venues for shareholders' meetings in Germany for many years. The Dammtor ICE railway station and the airport located nearby provide excellent connections. The Port of Hamburg, known as "the door to the world" as well as the city with its shopping malls and numerous hotels are just a few minutes away. A reconstruction project for the CCH costing approximately 200 million euros will start at the beginning of 2017. In 2019 the congress centre will have spacious areas flooded with daylight based on state-of-the-art planning. www.cch.de

1975 – 2015: the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel & Conference Center
With the motto "meet you here, arrive from anywhere" the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel & Conference Centre is a doorway to unlimited meetings opportunities: it is the most central hotel in Europe, located right next to Frankfurt Airport. It is also a hotel of limitless variety: 60 events rooms for two to 1,200 people, 1,008 rooms, club floors, three restaurants and two bars. The event options are unlimited: meetings, seminars, small discreet meetings, trade fairs orproduct presentations . www.sheratonfrankfurtairport.com

Stuttgart Convention Bureau
With its strong local network, the Stuttgart Convention Bureau supports the organisation of professional events in the economic area of Stuttgart. This support includes advice, location searches, mobility solutions, hotel quotas and varied group programmes. Stuttgart Airport, the ICE railway station, the motorway and a comprehensive public transport network allow easy travel to more than 250 locations. A unique feature is the location of the Stuttgart  fair grounds/ICS right next to the airport. A variety of programmes, such as trips to the Mercedes-Benz  and Porsche Museum, visits to vineyards and interesting professional excursions complement the bureau’s offer. www.congress-stuttgart.de

Premium Partner hotel chain: Maritim Hotels
Since its launch in 1969 Maritim Hotels, which now has over 50 hotels across the world, has become the best-known German hotel chain in the international arena. The attractive portfolio, including locations such as Berlin, Dresden, Frankfurt am Main, Dusseldorf, Munich and Cologne, is characterised by city and airport hotels with excellent transport connections as well as resort hotels in attractive country settings. The Maritim Hotelgesellschaft is now the most important private provider of congress facilities in Germany. Customers benefit from the excellent facilities as well as the expertise and experience in planning and organisation of events of all sizes. www.maritim.de

The GCB maintains a close network of companies operating in the events sector including its preferred partners and members. This system enables both parties to benefit from the key contacts and opportunities for meetings as well supporting a joint approach in the international marketplace for events.

About the GCB
The German Convention Bureau (GCB) represents and markets Germany as a destination for conventions, meetings, events and incentives both on a national and international scale. It is the first point of contact for companies, associations and organisations around the world planning events in Germany.

Acting as a connector to the wide range of German event service providers, venues and host cities, the German Convention Bureau (GCB) provides hands-on advice and support to planners and executives in all industries and organisations. To bring maximum value, quality and customisation to each meeting and event hosted in Germany, the GCB also helps hosts and attendees leverage the country’s deep expertise in green meetings and key industries such as pharmaceuticals, financials, automotive, logistics & transportation, and technology.

The GCB’s more than 200 members, representing 450 leading hotels, convention centers, destinations, event agencies and service providers of the German meetings and conventions industry. Congress Hall at Leipzig Zoo and Hamburg Convention Bureau are Preferred Partners of the GCB. As Strategic Partners, Lufthansa German Airlines, Deutsche Bahn (German Railways), and the German National Tourist Board (GNTB) support the work of the GCB.

The GCB website (www.germany-meetings.com) serves as a useful online tool to find detailed information on Germany, search venues and vendors, get tips for green meetings, catch up on the latest news, access travel guides, and much more. Follow the German Convention Bureau on Twitter: www.twitter.com/GermanyMeetings.

For further information, please contact:
Emma Ward, GCB UK
E: emmaward@clareville.co.uk
T: + 44 207 736 4022


Recently Launched European National Convention Bureaux Alliance Experiencing New Growth & Strong Interest

Italy, Ireland, France, Portugal and Latvia are the latest members to come on board with the new European National Convention Bureaux group launched last fall at IMEX America 2014 – bringing total membership to 22 countries.
The strategic Euro Bureaux group is a first of its kind and aimed at encouraging knowledge sharing and partnership between European convention bureaus to enrich planner offerings.

In just four short months the new group has received solid interest and is zeroing in on expanding the strength of Europe’s offerings for US and Chinese planners.

The latest members join together with:  Germany (a co-founder), Austria, The Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Holland (a co-founder,) Hungry, Iceland, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Switzerland.

The next gathering for the forward-thinking industry group and those interested in becoming members is slated for Budapest in September.


Berlin’s Think Tank Culture Proves an Ideal Fit for 2015 Global Social Business Summit Headed by Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Tackling the global challenge of creating new, growth-geared jobs while also serving the most pressing needs of our world, the 7th Global Social Business Summit will take place for the first time in Berlin -- November 5-6, 2015.

The respected conference, headed by Nobel Peace Prize winner and author Professor Muhammad Yunus and his creative consultant Hans Reitz, will bring over 1,000 experts and decision makers from 70 countries together for discussion and collaboration.

“Social Business,” a new model developed by Professor Yunus, is a different form of capitalism that creates a company to address a social problem and is self-sustaining (vs. profit making). This new approach is being offered up by Yunus as a worldwide driver for converting unemployment into entrepreneurship - especially for young talent.

Berlin’s reputation as a highly creative, entrepreneurial and start-up rich area makes it an ideal fit for this topic and event.   

The conference is organized by The Grameen Creative Lab in Germany and the Yunus Centre in Bangladesh in partnership with visit Berlin.


Maritim Hotels Ramp Up Their Presence & People in the US Market to Better Cater to North American Buyers & Planners

Maritim Hotels, with 50 locations in Europe, Egypt and China (with 36 properties in Germany alone), has been a key part of the German hotel scene since the late 1960s. Today it is one of the most popular chains in Germany for its quality of meeting space & lodging, convenient locations in leading destinations, and great dining.

It is, however, lesser known in North America where it has no properties –though some partnerships – so it’s working to grow awareness and increase service for US meeting planners.

To help with this, two new senior sales people have been hired for Maritim’s US sales office, based in Princeton, NJ, building on the location’s 8 year track record of year-to-year growth with North American clients, and further extending the team’s meetings and hotel expertise with brands such as the Ritz Carlton, Hyatt, and Hilton.
Maritim has also signed on to be one of the limited number of partners to participate in a new, three year US sales and marketing program by the German Convention Bureau, aimed at getting the word on these partners out more broadly and creating new relationships and connections in the US and Canada.



LINC 2015: The events sector visits the 'congress of tomorrow'

More than 4,800 delegates from 70 countries came to the Leipzig Fair and Exhibition Centre at the end of January, to attend the Leipzig Interventional Course (LINC), international congress for vascular surgeons. The event has, in recent years, become one of the world's largest congresses for vascular medicine and sets new standards in terms of conference formats. Representatives of the German Convention Bureau (GCB), together with conference and congress organisers from all over Germany, also came to visit this 'congress of tomorrow'.

The GCB represents and markets Germany as a national and international venue for congresses and conferences. In its study 'Tagung und Kongress der Zukunft' (Conferences and Congresses of the Future) it presented LINC 2013 as an example of best practice for the congresses of tomorrow. Reasons given in the study for this assertion included “Predictions, which sector experts are now making about the congresses of the future, have already become a reality at the LINC Congress.” Accordingly, the study goes on to detail, amongst other things, how trends in mobility, internationalisation, sustainability and demography are impacting on the congress sector and gives examples of the ways in which organisers are already successfully reacting to them.

Impressive behind-the-scenes insights

 LINC - The Leipzig Interventional Course 2015
LINC - The Leipzig Interventional Course 2015
The visitors took advantage of their time in Leipzig to exchange ideas and experiences with representatives of the Congress Center Leipzig. The discussions ranged from ways in which formal 'instructional-type' lectures and presentations can be translated into interactive formats and how the audience can thus be turned into active participants, to ways in which flexible and individual programmes can be made to work in practice or how analogue content can be translated into appealing digital formats. The visit to LINC in Exhibition Hall 4 proved to be a source of great excitement. During a tour with the Munich congress organisers CongO and the Belgian technology company mediAVentures, visitors had an opportunity to get some impressive insights behind the scenes. A focal element of the congress involved operations in hospitals all over the world being transmitted live to screens at the congress. This year there were more than 90 such transmissions from 13 hospitals, including from Singapore, Ireland, Belgium, Italy, Japan, Brazil and Leipzig. Not only was there a professional camera team at each location, but the operating surgeon gave detailed explanations of the interventions and answered, live, questions put by participants in Leipzig. There are some 120 technicians working behind the scenes for LINC.

Exchange of ideas in a modern marketplace

The LINC conference was also held up as an example of best practice for the 'congress of tomorrow' because of the way it uses space. There are no rigid fixtures or soundproof, closed lecture theatres. Rather, different areas are distinguished by optical and acoustic features, as well as colour scheme, and visitors are free to move between sessions, digital posters and exhibition areas as they wish. “As modern as this layout is, it does, at the same time, hark back to an ancient feature of human cultural heritage, the idea of the marketplace,” concludes the GCB futurological study.

As well as the CCL and the LINC conference, the visitors from the national events sector also got to know other locations at which conferences and meetings can be held in Leipzig. They visited, too, the KONGRESSHALLE at Leipzig Zoo, where the renovations are due to be completed in May, and which will, in future, be run by the CCL. The new congress centre is a partner of the 'do-it-at-leipzig.de' initiative and has quite recently also been selected as 'Preferred Partner' of the GCB. Both parties benefit, in this collaboration, from the increased contacts and marketing opportunities it affords. The partnership also has the advantage of highlighting key features which will enable both partners to position themselves jointly in the international competition for events.

Contact person: 
Claudia Laßlop 
Kommunikation Unternehmensgruppe
Telefon: +49 (0)341 / 678 65 79
E-Mail: c.lasslop@leipziger-messe.de



Congress Centrum Würzburg: energetically optimised and with new function rooms from March 2015

Würzburg, February 6, 2015. - From March onwards, the new panorama level at the Congress Centrum Würzburg (CCW) will be offering conference guests a superb view of the Main river and the Fortress Marienberg. After about one and a half years of construction, the first events will shortly be held in the four attractive, multifunctional meeting rooms with space for about 600 people. Thanks to the conversion and expansion, Würzburg’s largest conference and event center has gained extensive presentation areas. Now boasting an area of approximately 3,300 square metres, the foyers and exhibition areas are almost twice as large as before. The total capacity of the CCW has now increased from 1,900 to 2,500 people in 13 rooms. The various meeting areas are accessible via separate entrances. For the first time, two larger events can be held in parallel.
 ©Blocher Blocher Partners
©Blocher Blocher Partners
The reconstruction did not just make the CCW fit for contemporary meetings and events, the building is now state-of-the-art in terms of ecology, too.
In the remodeled and extended CCW, a significant part of the lighting is free and eco-friendly from the sun: huge windowed areas flood the area with daylight. In addition to providing a bright and friendly atmosphere, this also saves substantial amounts of energy. For times of the day and in areas of the building where artificial light is essential, planners and engineers have focused on efficiency: with LED technology, an integrated light control and sophisticated lighting management, they have ensured that power consumption is as low as possible.
Ecological aspects have also been considered in the heating of the extensive building complex. The heat is produced under highly efficient conditions in a nearby cogeneration plant which has environmentally-friendly gas and steam turbine plants. Via the district heating network and transfer components, the thermal energy eventually ends up in the underfloor heating of the CCW – this system requires a relatively low flow temperature, thus providing comfortable warmth. In order to ensure that, on cold days, the pleasant room temperature gained in this way does not escape through the large windows, the Congress Centre is also fitted with triple-glazing.
Naturally, the CCW cannot be an air-tight box. Large-scale constructions have to get rid of used air and introduce fresh air. In order to lose as little energy as possible, consistent heat recovery is mandatory: all newly-acquired air-conditioning systems are already equipped by the factory with the corresponding solutions, and any existing units continuing to be used have been retrofitted with heat recovery modules, too.
The adjoining conference hotel with 287 rooms, which also takes care of the catering for all the events, is committed to the sustainability code of the German event industry established by the German Convention Bureau (GCB). Thus, the CCW offers ideal conditions for the implementation of “Green Meetings” in the heart of Germany.

Further information: Dr. Peter Oettinger, Congress-Tourismus-Würzburg (CTW),
Am Congress Centrum, 97070 Würzburg, Tel.: 0931/37 23 35, Fax: 0931/37 36 52,
E-Mail: tagungen@wuerzburg.de,  www.wuerzburg.de.

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