Join the GCB at destination showcase in London

The GCB together with its partners:

Hamburg Convention Bureau, Atlantic Congress Hotel Essen,Bremen Convention Bureau, Congress Center Essen, capricorn NÜRBURGRING GmbH, Crowne Plaza Berlin City Centre, Dresden Convention Bureau, Frankfurt Convention Bureau, Grand Elysée Hotel, Intercontinental Hotel Berlin, Leipzig and The Westin Leipzig, Maritim Hotel & International Congress Center Dresden, NürnbergConvention, Stuttgart Convention Bureau, Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel & Conference Center and Steigenberger Hotel Group are showcasing Germany’s offering for meeting planners at a dedicated event in London.

Meet the GCB team at Moulden Marketing Destination Showcase held in London on Thursday 29 January 2015.

Held at The Radisson Blu Portman, this free-to-attend one-day event will bring together over 40 international suppliers of the MICE industry, including Hotels, DMCs, Convention Bureaux and Tourist Boards from around the world.
Delegates can pre-arrange meetings with suppliers, ensuring a packed day of meetings and networking.

For further information visit http://www.moulden-marketing.co.uk/events.php 


7th Global Social Business Summit to be held on 5-6 November 2015 in Berlin

The annual event is organized by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and his Creative Advisor Hans Reitz, which gathers experts from private sectors, civil society, governments and academia over a few days of meetings, forums and workshops.

Social business has become an important driver in turning unemployment into entrepreneurship in many countries globally. “We all know about the frustrating situation especially for many young people, who are full of creativity and their capacity to do things, but that remain unemployed. We have started to campaign to redirect their mind from the traditional path of hunting for jobs to creating jobs for themselves and others through entrepreneurship” says Professor Muhammad Yunus.

If we think of freedom, creativity and entrepreneurship, Berlin is the global hotspot representing and living these values hence the ideal place to host the 7th Global Social Business Summit.

 ©Â© visitBerlin, Foto: Philip Koschel
©Â© visitBerlin, Foto: Philip Koschel
Berlin’s Governing Mayor Michael Müller is delighted that for the first time, in November 2015, Berlin will host the Global Social Business Summit. “I am very happy that this conference on social entrepreneurship, inspired by the Nobel Peace Prize winner Yunus, will be held in Berlin. Social entrepreneurship is a fundamental part of our city. Berlin’s start-up sector also has many examples of business enterprise sustainability. The Global Social Business Summit is therefore well-suited for Berlin.”

Burkhard Kieker, CEO of visitBerlin: “Many people see Berlin today as the idea factory of Europe, unusual concepts are born here. This is something which attracts young people from around the world. We are delighted to have won the Global Social Business Summit for Berlin. The city’s inspirational atmosphere is the right place for the international participants of this sustainability conference.”
The Global Social Business Summit is the largest international platform where the global community of social business practitioners and supporters gathers each year. Over 1000 participants from more than 70 countries are expected to come to Berlin in November to get inspired, discuss, learn and celebrate achievements. The summit is organized by The Grameen Creative Lab (Germany) and the Yunus Centre (Bangladesh) in partnership with visitBerlin. Further partner organizations are the Yunus & You – The YY Foundation and Yunus Social Business.

About the Global Social Business Summit: Over the past years, Professor Muhammad Yunus has taken the experience and expertise gained from the success of Grameen Bank, to introduce a new business model – Social Business. A social business is a non-dividend company created to solve a social problem. Like an NGO, it has a social mission and like a firm it generates its own revenues to cover costs. Investors may recoup their investment. All profits are reinvested for growth and innovation, or to seed new social business ventures. The annual Global Social Business Summit is the worldwide leading forum for social business to spread awareness of social business and to foster discussions and collaborations for new social business ventures. It was first held in 2009 as an initiative by The Grameen Creative Lab co-founded by Professor Muhammad Yunus and his creative advisor Hans Reitz. For more information go to www.grameencreativelab.com.

Press Contact:
The Grameen Creative Lab                              visitBerlin / Berlin Tourismus & Kongress GmbH
Christina Jäger                                                     Christian Tänzler, Pressesprecher
Unter den Eichen 5, Wiesbaden                        Am Karlsbad 11, Berlin
T: +49 611 9 86 82 635                                       T: +49 30 264 748 912
christina.jaeger@grameencl.com                      Christian.Taenzler@visitBerlin.de


The most cutting-edge events technology for Maritim Hotels

Technical support from Braehler and Kuchem

Maritim entscheidet sich für technischen Support von Brähler und Kuchem
Maritim entscheidet sich für technischen Support von Brähler und Kuchem
The nationally and internationally active Maritim Hotels group is repositioning itself with regard to its conventions and events management. Since 1st January 2015, two prestigious companies specialising in technology for events, conferences and conventions, Kuchem and Braehler, have been in charge of events technology and technical support at the Maritim Hotels in Germany. The contract was signed by the three parties at the end of 2014.

Maritim Hotels is Germany's largest private provider of convention facilities. Every year, the 36 Maritim Hotels across Germany host a wide range of events from small conferences to corporate parties and national and international conventions with up to 6,800 participants. From now on, Maritim will be relying on extra input from Braehler and Kuchem for support in its in-house technology and expanding its own technical facilities. The two leading specialists for conference and convention technology provide complementary technical equipment where necessary, offer support for technical planning and supervise entire events in their role as all-round service-providers. “The partnership with Kuchem and Braehler is an important step for us towards further fine-tuning our technical event and convention expertise,” says Joerg Bacher, Director of Maritim Hotel & Internationales Congress Center Dresden, who was in charge of contract negotiations. “It gives us access to qualified staff and the best modern technical equipment while also allowing us to broaden our offering in terms of technology and service. This is what makes the collaboration so interesting for us. It puts us in a position to meet our customers' needs better, more quickly and with greater flexibility.”

The service package: from stage machinery to conference technology
The contract drawn up between Maritim and Braehler and Kuchem is intended to be the basis for a long-term collaboration. Included in the service package is the provision of audio, video, presentation, IT, lighting and stage machinery as well as conference and interpreting technology. The two companies work exclusively with renowned manufacturers and prestigious Braehler technology, known for its aesthetic and functional appeal. Kuchem and Braehler also support Maritim Events Management with the technical conception, planning and execution of events. Walter Kuchem, Chief Operating Officer and owner of Kuchem Konferenz Technik, adds, “We have been working with various Maritim Hotels for 20 years and appreciate the trust Maritim puts in us. We are sure that, with our experience and qualified staff, we will be able to support the in-house technology and contribute to the further expansion of Maritim's technical events management.” Braehler has also been working in event and conference technology with individual hotels in the Maritim group for several years. Christophe Permantier, Chairman of Braehler ICS Konferenztechnik AG, also welcomes the decision: “This concrete collaboration will allow Maritim Hotels to improve its own service portfolio in the field of events and conventions technology in the future, according to demand, and to expand its offering in a customer-oriented manner. The collaboration is also a huge asset for Braehler, of course. I am convinced that we can offer Maritim Hotels real added value with our services and products. And that is what it comes down to.”




Calling all event sustainability champions!

You're invited to share your wisdom, ideas, challenges, best practices, case studies, questions, answers and more this Thursday 22nd live on Twitter at #CSRshareDay.

Kicking off in New Zealand, 1pm Auckland time, a global day of sustainable event discussion will be had - and we want you to tune into #CSRshareDay to join in the discussion.

Add your voice, ask a question, pose a challenge, offer an insight, share a resource.

Follow #CSRshareDay this Thursday 22nd January.

Will you join?



SAVE THE DATE: IGRA 4th International Green Roof Congress 2015

 ©International Green Roof Association
©International Green Roof Association
Accelerating international interest and investment into ecological design is the current reality, either in the forms of environmental planning, urban storm water management or living architecture. The incorporation of green roofs and facades of fantastic scale and biodiversity is quickly gaining a forefront position in global architectural concerns, and a great many professional disciplines will find their fields affected by this change. Whether specializing in planning and design, architecture, landscape architecture, urban ecology or environmental science, informing oneself and keeping an edge on the most up-to-date research and techniques is critical for success. The 2015 International Green Roof Conference in Istanbul is an international summit of experts and leaders in this exciting new realm; a unique opportunity for exchange and discussion of the most current achievements in this field.

Noted experts include Dr. Ken Yeang (T.R. Hamzah & Yeang Sdn. Bhd), Prof. Herbert Dreiseitl, Jaron Lubin (Safdie Architects), Laura Gatti (Laura Gatti Studios) and Roland Appl (IGRA).

A pair of workshops will take place on the second day of the Congress. These simultaneous workshops each address an important aspect of Green Roofing. One is practice-oriented, where focus will be laid on the installation and maintenance of Green Roofs. The other is more conceptual, addressing the current state of scientific research and policy formation in the field of Green Roofing. A diverse panel will be present to describe and discuss these two facets of the industry.

The 4th International Green Roof Congress will host important players involved in the promotion of Green Roofs worldwide, through exceptional works of architectural achievement.

The 4th International Green Roof Congress
Raffles Hotel, Zorlu Center, Istanbul, Turkey
Monday, April 20 – Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Ms. Sabine Frueh
+49 7022 7191980


Cue the Crystal Ball: The GCB Makes Predictions for Meetings in the Coming Year

Future of... ©kallejipp -photocase.com
Future of... ©kallejipp -photocase.com
With 2015 underway, the German Convention Bureau (GCB) is sharing its predictions for the meetings industry and meetings and conferences in Germany this year.

#1 Value is Viceroy - Saving money is always in fashion, but it will take on even more importance in the year ahead with planners and organizers not only looking to negotiate savings (particularly in F&B) but also wanting to create even more ROI while doing so. Planners choosing Germany in 2015 can again expect excellent value for money. German meeting planners realized 23 percent savings in 2014, leveraging end-to-end meetings management*, and this is expected to hold. Tapping into local resources and industry experts within destinations will also continue to be a great ROI and savings approach in 2015.

#2 The Incredible, Disappearing Lead Time - Can lead times get any shorter then they were in 2014? CWT certainly thinks they can. According to its 2015 Meetings and Events Forecast, Germany alone saw reduced lead times of a whopping 50 percent in 2014*, and there’s more tightening on the way. Booking windows in India and Singapore, for example, can be as short as 7-10 days for group air bookings.

#3 Meeting Space Gets Its “Props” - The design, architecture, flow, format and technology features of meeting spaces and how they influence delegate experiences will gain more mindshare in 2015. The GCB will take up the topic through a joint research project with the European Association of Event Centers (EVVC) and the Fraunhofer Research Institute. Together the three organizations will analyze and evaluate existing meeting space practices and developments to suggest future ideas. 

#4 Euro Meetings & Hotel Prospects are Trending Up - Europe will continue to be the top destination for both U.S. corporate and association meetings in 2015 with 67 percent and 56 percent of planners respectively choosing to cross “The Pond” when getting together off American soil, according to the M&C Global Planner 2014**. Hotels are also expected to continue their stronger period of demand and moderate expansion. Continuing to deliver value amidst growth, Germany’s hotel rates are only anticipated to rise by 1 percent in 2015, less than half of the anticipated 2.6 percent global rise*. In addition, revenue per available room (RevPAR) in Munich and Frankfurt – and other Euro cities such as Paris, Prague & Zurich – is expected to experience moderate growth in 2015+.

#5 All Together Now - All over the meetings industry, destination marketing organizations will continue to strike up strategic alliances to collaborate, share best practices and drive innovation in the meetings and business travel industry. One example is the Future of Convention Cities Initiative (FCCI) with Abu Dhabi, Durban, London, San Francisco, Seoul and Sydney. Seventeen European destinations (including Visit Denmark, the GCB, NBTC Holland Marketing, the Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau and many more) will also begin working more closely together in the New Year as part of the European Convention Bureaux Alliance announced at IMEX America 2014. 

#6 Knowledge Transfer is a Main Attraction – Not only will content quality and “socialized” content continue to be in vogue next year and beyond, but also the opportunity to learn and exchange deep and global industry knowledge through meetings will be key. In 2015, meeting planners will continue to focus on linking their meetings and events to destinations and venues that live and breathe their industries, expertise areas and business strategies. Meeting with leading global brands, visiting renowned universities, hearing from premier thought leaders, and visiting unique industry-specific venues are all possible in Germany whether delegates are into cars (Stuttgart), aerospace (Cologne), urban design (Hamburg), financial markets (Frankfurt), organic food (Nuremberg) or technology (Munich).


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