GCB Educational Trips 2014 – Düsseldorf/Cologne/Bonn and Potsdam/Berlin

Scientific innovation, cultural highlights & great hospitality

The German Convention Bureau (GCB) and its regional partners are delighted to invite international meeting planners from Europe to discover Germany’s top event locations. A selection of the country’s most sought-after conference destinations as well as the surrounding regions are waiting to be explored.

Visitors will see some of Germany’s leading congress centres and hotels, and take part in an exciting programme of activities and events. What’s more, they will gain fascinating insight into the local science and industry scene; for example, with a visit to the German Aerospace Center in Cologne or the campus of Berlin’s famous university hospital Charité. These new perspectives are sure to help planners choose the ideal location for their needs, in line with their industry-specific requirements.

More information on the agenda and the online registration form are available here:

26-28 or 29 June: Düsseldorf and Cologne (with optional trip to Bonn)

31 August-3 September: Potsdam and Berlin

Contact GCB: Nina Streich, streich@gcb.de, Phone +49 69 24293029.  


Summer MICE Special Radission Blu Berlin July - August 2014

Summer MICE Special Radission Blu Berlin
Summer MICE Special Radission Blu Berlin
Book now until 30th June 2014 your next meeting or event with minimum 50 delegates and 50 rooms per night for minimum two nights taking place at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin between July and August 2014.

Benefits of the Summer MICE Special

  • Accommodation from 129 EUR per hotel room, per night including Super Breakfast Buffet and VAT
  • Free ice tea as welcome drink for the group (1 glass per delegate)
  • For the speaker: free Daily Delegate Rate and free guest room with upgrade to our Business Class category
  • Wireless Internet access is included throughout the hotel during the meeting
  • Free airport transfer from and to Tegel Airport (for arrival on Sundays only)
  • Coffee break with summer items like ice cream
  • Lunch BBQ Buffet selected by our chef
  • As a corporate client you will receive double Gold Points for the meeting, if you are a registered „Club Carlson for Planners“ member. Please do not hesitate to ask our staff for further details.

Book now!
Contact Meetings & Events
Tel. +49 30 23828 3400
E-Mail info.berlin@radissonblu.com

Above promotion and rates are subject to availability and valid for new bookings only with a minimum stay of two nights. Berlin accommodation tax is not included.
Agencies receive 12% commission on the hotel room rate and 7% on the daily delegate rate as well as on pre-booked food and drinks. Commission is not paid for breakfast, VAT and external supplies.


Relaunch of website of Maritm Hotelgesselschaft: Informative, multilingual, richly illustrated and user-friendly

Maritim has launched its new website:   Now in seven languages and with many new search features, the website has a fresh new look, complete with a wealth of images.

The biggest innovation is the multilingual approach: Maritim has decided to address its main source markets in their own languages and now presents its attractions not only in German and English but also in Spanish, Italian, French, Chinese and Russian. “Through this initiative, we seek to achieve clear enhancement of our brand awareness abroad and increase direct sales in these markets, which are so important for Maritim,” is how CEO Gerd Prochaska explains this important move. "We also now offer an identical booking system on the desktop website, mobile website and – coming soon – the smartphone app, so that our guests can always make their bookings in a familiar environment," adds Prochaska. In addition, the direct link from the room descriptions to the booking system makes reserving the desired room easier.

From the moment visitors land on the home page, the greater clarity and user-friendliness is clear, enabling a direct choice between overnight stays, conference bookings and travel packages.

The conference area, in particular, features new search criteria that make it easier to find the right deal. This is especially true when it comes to identifying suitable meeting rooms and event locations outside the hotel, because, since the introduction of the Maritim Event & Catering Service (MECS), this sphere has become an important new business focus. It is now possible, among other things, to seek venues by region and proximity to the hotel or according to the type of location desired, from museums and castles to churches and historic buildings.

The new pages all provide a fresh appearance, with large, stimulating images and a great deal of information. Guests can also use the illustrated pages of the hotel restaurants to check the hotel menus and order breakfast vouchers.

The Maritim Hotelgesellschaft is Germany's largest owner-managed hotel group and the company’s nationwide hotel network is complemented by hotels in seven countries overseas: Mauritius, Egypt, Turkey, Malta, Spain, China and Latvia. The group’s ongoing expansion continues to strengthen its position within the European first-class hotel industry.

For more information, please visit www.maritim.com.


European Design Award comes to Cologne

European Design Award
European Design Award
One of the leading competitions in the European communication design sector has been successfully persuaded to come to Cologne COLOGNE. On 24 May 2014, the European Design Award will be presented for the first time in Cologne. In its bid for this top-class design event, Cologne successfully competed against cities such as Vienna, Prague and Hamburg.

Cologne’s application and support process was primarily managed by KölnTourismus GmbH’s Cologne Convention Bureau (CCB), which acted together with the head of the department for economic affairs and properties, Ute Berg.

“I’m very delighted that the European Design Awards 2014 will be presented here in Cologne in May,” says Berg. “It gives Cologne an advantage over other renowned cities that competed for the award, such as Prague, Vienna and Hamburg – and it demonstrates once again that Cologne is the centre of the creative industry. The design sector is well represented in our city and contributes greatly to its dynamism and appeal, as well as to the success of the Cologne

The European Design Award is one of the leading European competitions for communication design. It is presented annually to honour Europe’s best achievements in the fields of graphic design, illustration and digital design.

"We are thrilled to be hosting the 2014 European Design events in the great city of Cologne. We look forward to holding this unique gathering of talented design professionals in a city so full of history and life. Especially the open-minded and cheerful people we met during the site inspections helped us to make the decision for the destination easily,” says Demetrios Fakinos, Managing Director of European Design.

The awards are presented in a different European city every year. After having been held in Athens, Stockholm, Zurich, Rotterdam, Vilnius, Helsinki and Belgrade, the event will now take place in the Comedia in Cologne. The design event will begin in the afternoon with a conference at which major European design studios will present their works before the festive awards ceremony takes place in the evening. The event is jointly organized by 15 European communication design magazines.“In future bids, Cologne will focus even more strongly on linking the congress sector with the local areas of economic and scientific expertise,” explains Josef Sommer, CEO of KölnTourismus GmbH. “We’re proud that we were able to optimally draw the city’s various players together to bring the European Design Award to Cologne.”

Tickets for the conference and the evening event will soon be available in the webshop at www.europeandesign.org. Design students receive a discount.



Tourism figures in 2013: Cologne maintains its good position — Record number of foreign visitors

Once again, more than 5 million overnight stays in Cologne; number of guests rises for the fourth time in a row. Although the number of arrivals has increased, the shorter amount of time that people remain in the city has caused the number of overnight stays to remain unchanged

COLOGNE — Tourism remained at a very high level in Cologne in 2013. Altogether, 2.96 million hotel guests came to Cologne last year for a total of 5.08 million overnight stays. Compared to the previous year, this represents an increase of 1.7 per cent in terms of guest arrivals, but a very slight decrease of 0.1 per cent in terms of overnight stays. Particularly noteworthy is the great increase in the number of foreign guests, who accounted for 6.7 per cent more arrivals and 2.9 per cent more overnight stays.

Even though the number of overnight stays is currently stagnating at a high level, it is becoming clear that Cologne has recovered very well from the recent recession. The number of international arrivals has risen by 42 per cent since 2009, and the number of overnight stays by foreign guests has increased by 33.2 per cent. “Cologne has become much more attractive internationally, as demonstrated by the development of its tourism sector over the past four years,” says Elisabeth Thelen, Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of Cologne Tourist Board. “Cologne has also maintained its ranking of 24th among Europe’s 100 most popular city travel destinations and is a very attractive leisure and business destination.”

“Our strategic focus on the international markets is paying off. We recorded over 480,000 overnight stays last October, making it the best month in the history of Cologne tourism. This was primarily due to the strong ANUGA trade fair,” says Josef Sommer, Managing Director of Cologne Tourist Board. “The high bed occupancy rate despite increased room prices show that people consider Cologne a high-quality destination.”

Congress and conference market / new venues

According to the latest results of the TagungsBarometer Köln study, 45,570 events were held in Cologne last year, attracting a total of 3.56 million participants.
Europäisches Institut für Tagungswirtschaft GmbH (EITW) has been conducting the study on behalf of the Cologne Convention Bureau every year since 2009.
Compared to 2012, the results represent an increase of 1.1 per cent in terms of the number of events and 5.2 per cent in terms of the number of participants. In 2013 Cologne had a total of 166 conference and event venues, of which 20 were eventcentres, 55 were conference hotels and 91 were event locations.

Commercial businesses accounted for 71 per cent of all the events in Cologne, and the remaining 29 per cent were events staged by non-profit organizations. A comparison of the most important business sectors shows that banks and insurance companies have once again surpassed the medical sector and returned to the top position they last held in 2011. The communications industry ranks third. The leisure industry, encompassing sports and tourism, climbed three places to rank fourth. In the non-profit sector, private and community organizers improved their position, relegating the previously dominant business associations to third place. The most important source market for Cologne’s congress and conference business is still clearly the UK, followed by the USA and the Netherlands, which tied in second place. The USA climbed two places compared to its standing in the previous year,
after having already risen four places in 2012. Gains were also posted by Belgium and France.

The number of event venues in Cologne will increase in the summer of 2014, when the Flora reopens. Moreover, the opening of the new Motel One at the Mediapark and the new Courtyard by Marriott will create additional attractive accommodation in the hotel market in Cologne’s downtown area.



Berlin's convention business continues to grow

Positive Bilanz 2013: 126.200 Veranstaltungen und 6,7 Millionen Übernachtungen durch 10,6 Millionen Tagungs- und Kongressteilnehmer

Berlin Convention Office ©Berlin Convention Office
Berlin Convention Office ©Berlin Convention Office
Berlin continues to strengthen its position as a leading meeting and convention destination. In the past year, 126,200 events took place in the German capital (+2% compared to the previous year) with 10.6 million participants (+1%). The number of overnight stays generated by the meeting and convention market rose by 1.5 per cent to 6.7 million, which equals about a quarter of all hotel stays in Berlin. These figures arise from the latest conference statistics for 2013* from the Berlin Convention Office of visitBerlin.
“In Berlin, 345 events are held each day on average. This makes Berlin one of the world's major meeting and convention locations,” comments Burkhard Kieker, CEO of visitBerlin. “The Berlin convention industry has seen rapid growth for years and is a key economic factor for the city.”
The revenues generated by Berlin's meeting and convention industry exceeded €2 billion for the first time in 2013 (2012: €1.961 billion; 2013: €2.019 billion). Approximately 36,000 full-time jobs are created by the meeting and convention travel sector in Berlin.

Berlin is a popular location for science and medical events: Measured by the number of participants, meetings and conferences related to medicine, science and research represented 14 per cent of the total in 2013 (+2%), followed by politics and public bodies (12%). Around 18 percent of all events had an international presence. The number of participants from abroad stood at 1.9 million, meaning one in five participants at events in the city came from outside Germany. Associations are also increasingly opting to hold their gatherings in Berlin: 20 per cent of the events were held by associations.

The Berlin Convention Office (BCO) of visitBerlin is the engine that drives Berlin's meetings and conventions sector. Last year, the BCO represented the city of Berlin at 72 trade fairs and workshops around the world. It also supported 202 convention applications and provided services to 81 events in the city. Collaboration with international trade associations in the meetings industry have made it possible to position the capital as a well-rounded convention destination, to keep up with trends in the industry and apply this knowledge for Berlin's benefit.

In spring 2014, the first major events will take place in the new CityCube Berlin. The BCO is working closely together with Messe Berlin Guest Events to integrate the Berlin CityCube into its marketing activities and supports Messe Berlin in acquiring major conventions. As a result, events have been booked as far in advance as 2021.

For more information about Berlin as a meeting destination, go to convention.visitBerlin.com.

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