The new Maritim app is available now

Neue Maritim App
Neue Maritim App
Since 4th August, a revised Maritim app for Android and iOS has been available for download free of charge from the app store. “The main advantage for our guests is that once the app is installed, the content is continuously refreshed from the server. So there is no need to download updates and new versions. In addition, the integrated booking system, and along with it the customer profiles entered by guests, are now identical and can be used across the board – whether the reservation is made using the app, the mobile website or the desktop website,” Marketing Manager Katrin Lindemann is pleased to announce. This means that guests who are on the go can contact any Maritim Hotel around the world and make a reservation with just a few clicks. The software also enables travellers to obtain detailed information about the hotel they are interested in: from room categories to available guest services, restaurants and bars as well as conference and seminar rooms. Maritim PartnerCard holders can easily look up their points tally on the app. In addition, an extensive photo gallery provides a comprehensive view of each of the 50 hotels around the world. And, in line with the international character of Maritim and its guests, users can choose between English and German. Individual hotels can easily be found on the world map by entering the city or address. It is also very simple to locate the nearest Maritim hotel and find directions to it on GPS. From any of the hotel Web pages, the visitor can also use the app to view or enter hotel ratings on TripAdvisor.
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


Darmstadt – Hessen’s Top ICT Location & Germany´s IT Security hub

 ©Hessen Trade & Invest
©Hessen Trade & Invest
Hessen has a remarkable track record when it comes to leading the way in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Sector. Darmstadt was ranked 7th in a study European ICT Poles of Excellence (April 2014) by the European Commission. 34 European ICT locations were considered out of 1,300 European regions across 12 countries. Germany, not surprisingly, is in the forefront with 12 locations out of the 34 considered (UK trails with 7).

Key ingredients to success included access to top universities and research centers and funding opportunities such as venture capital. In regards to research and patenting activity, Germany is ranked at the top. Darmstadt’s strong performance is an excellent illustration that you don’t have to be big to be successful. The city only has 150,000 people, but comes out as a winner by building on its research & innovative output and on its active business community.

”It’s a thrilling and challenging time to be working in technology, especially in Darmstadt. The ideas of our insightful experts and scientists, proven experience, and dedication to excellence are assets for our companies and our foreign investors. Hessen’s philosophy and approach to business serves to strengthen the state of Hessen’s culture of enthusiastic global teamwork, thought leadership, and pride.” said Dr. Rainer Waldschmidt, CEO, Hessen Trade & Invest GmbH (HTAI), the state economic development agency.

Darmstadt is one of the largest and fastest growing IT Security locations in Europe with over 200 scientists in the area of IT security. The city provides a unique concentration of IT security expertise, at the Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt CASED. CASED acts as the headquarters of the Darmstadt IT Security Cluster, which was established by the Darmstadt University of Technology, the Fraunhofer SIT (Secure Information Technology) and the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, and offers a wealth of expertise in the area of IT security. There is also the EC SPRIDE (European Center for Security & Privacy by Design), which cooperates closely with CASED.

Even though Darmstadt has become a powerhouse for the ICT sector, the state of Hessen continues to promote the expertise that the area has in science and industry with the “House of IT” (HIT), located on the Technische Universität Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt) campus, only 25 miles away from Frankfurt International Airport making it an ideal business location. The House of IT is a place to meet, exchange ideas, and collaborate; further integrating existing ICT initiatives and facilitating new projects. Companies such as Software AG, SAP, Accenture, AGT Germany, Ernst & Young and IBM support the HIT together with the TU Darmstadt, as the scientific component. Additional partners are the University of Darmstadt, the Hessen Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Regional Development and the city of Darmstadt.

For further information on opportunities in Darmstadt, please contact Kristina.Garcia@htai.de (U.S.) or Oliver.Beil@HTAI.de (Germany).


"Meetings made in Germany" The GCB at IMEX Frankfurt 2014

Event and meetings planners can enjoy a whistle stop tour of the GCB’s activity at IMEX in Frankfurt 2014 as some of the organisation’s highlights are brought to the small screen.

The GCB has launched a new film, “Meetings made in Germany”, which provides an exciting snapshot of the organisation’s role, activities, successes, expertise and partners.

The new film, lasting just under four minutes, brings to life some of the GCB’s work via testimonials from its partners and event planners across the world.
Key achievements are discussed by industry leaders including Ray Bloom, chairman of IMEX, who outlines the show’s predicted expansion, explaining that one of the main drivers is the German economy’.

Matthias Schultze, managing director of the GCB, paints a picture of the importance of the meetings and events sector to the country, commenting: “Germany hosted 3 million meetings last year and welcomed 371 million delegates – that’s four and a half times the population of Germany’.

The figures are compelling and the film is well worth a view. Watch the film here 


Robots to Take Over Leipzig for the 20th RoboCup Championships

In the summer of 2016 Leipzig will be overrun by robots -- not as part of a futuristic movie, but as host city to the 20th RoboCup Championships.

For the first time in ten years, the world championships of robots – the RoboCup - will once again take place in Germany, this time in Leipzig, part of the state of Saxony’s microelectronics hub.

The highly acclaimed and leading global robotics event draws up to 3,000 participants from over 40 countries. They enter their robots to compete in entertaining and complex challenges ranging from playing soccer and navigating obstacle courses … to searching for “disaster survivors” and performing household chores.  

Adding even further prestige to the event, the Federal Minister for Education and Science, Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka, and Saxony’s Minister of State for Economic Affairs, Labor and Transport, Sven Morlok, will serve as patrons. They highlight the synergies between the RoboCup Championships and the area’s technology expertise:    “Saxony is a technology state and an extremely important location for microelectronics. This makes the state and the city of Leipzig the perfect host for the RoboCup World Championships 2016,” explains Morlok. 

The Championships and accompanying conference will take place June 30th - July 4th, 2016 at the Leipziger Messe. More details are available at www.robocup.org.

 ©Leipziger Messe
©Leipziger Messe


Mannheim is a Hotbed for Medical Conferences

Part of the BioRN region, Mannheim offers a healthy draw for conferences and meetings specializing in the chemical, pharma, medical and healthcare industries.

Located within the BioRN cluster (a Life Sciences network in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan area of Germany,) Mannheim is a vibrant part of a region that brings chemical, pharma, medical, and healthcare expertise together to drive life-changing innovations.  

By the end of this year, the BioRN cluster is expected to bring approximately 50 drugs, diagnostic techniques, technology platforms and services for personalized medicine and cancer treatment to industrial maturity. 

It’s no surprise then that Mannheim -- home to well-known organizations like the Hochschule Mannheim University of Applied Sciences and Roche Diagnostics GmbH -- is a hotbed for life science conferences.  
The m:con Congress Center Rosengarten Mannheim provides an ideal location for events such as the 46th Congress of the German Society for Endoscopy and Imaging Techniques (DGE-BV,) the 22nd annual conference of the German Society for Radiooncology, the 12th meeting of the European Association of Neurooncology (EANO), and the 31th European Immunogenetics and Histocompatibility Conference. 

 ©m:con / Eduardo Perez
©m:con / Eduardo Perez


Germany’s Focus on Industry Expertise + Innovation + Green = Value-Add for IMEX America 2014 Attendees

Visit the German Pavilion in Las Vegas next Month at IMEX America and you’ll not only step into a world of world-class destinations, venues and services, but you’ll also learn how three, key focus areas for the German meetings industry can add unique value to your conferences, meetings and events. 

Germany = Industry Expertise 
Be it in the automotive, pharma, medical research, financial or aerospace industries, German cities like Stuttgart, Leipzig, Berlin, Cologne, Munich, Frankfurt and more work hard to connect event planners and delegates with experiences and thought leaders that fit their spheres of interest. This can take many forms, from arranging local expert speakers from universities, research centers or companies … to offering meeting and event spaces with specific industry relevance. 

Germany = Innovation: Did you know Germany ranks among the world’s top four locations for nanotechnology, that it’s home to Europe’s largest inner-city development and design project, or that it has 19.1% global market share in manufacturing and mechanical engineering? German companies are among the most innovative in the world (source: World Economic Forum’s 2014 Global Competitiveness Report) and provide meeting attendees access to unique experiences, site visits, and mind-expanding industry museums that put history in strategic perspective while inspiring new ideas. Ask at the Pavilion how your innovative company can leverage German ingenuity.  

Germany = Green: The German exhibitors at this year’s IMEX America are living examples of Germany’s award-winning dedication to sustainability. 10 of the 18 towns and cities in Europe with an above-average commitment to being green are German (source: German Green City Index) and six of these cities (Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Nuremberg, and Stuttgart) are represented in Las Vegas this year.  The vast majority of German hotels and conference centers at the German Pavilion also get high marks from independent sustainability bodies and have what it takes to plan and host green events.

For more information visit the GCB at the German Pavilion (Booth #2219) or check out www.germany-meetings.com. You can also book time with Laura d’Elsa, director of GCB’s North American office by emailing her at (delsa@germany-meetings.com) or booking via the IMEX America online scheduling tool.

Note: The German Pavilion at IMEX America is part of the Foreign Trade Show Participation Program by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and AUMA, the association of the German Trade Show Industry.

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