24.08.2015

There’s No Place Like HOLM

Imagine an environment of stimulating inter-industry and interdisciplinary dialog, where start-ups, established businesses and leading research and academic institutions come together to tackle pressing business issues around mobility, infrastructure, transportation, logistics, solutions and more. Put that think tank and business incubator at the intersection of Frankfurt’s bustling airport, the highway and the train system – and in the midst of industry-leading transportation and mobility companies -- and you’ve got HOLM – the House of Logistics and Mobility. Now imagine your next logistics/mobility meeting or conference there, taking advantage of HOLM’s conference space as well as its intellectual and innovative power. You get the picture: a show stopper conference that taps into extensive resources that can address everything from transportation essentials for meetings of the future to supply chain, logistics and mobility priorities for the next ten years.

As a growing innovation and knowledge center where the processes of moving goods and moving people meet, HOLM has a variety of common and public areas for brainstorming, collaborative meetings, even exhibits. A large auditorium, lounge, exhibit area and various meeting spaces are complimented by an airy, light-filled atrium, as well as a deck and outdoor space for workshops and other activities.

Approximately half of its current occupancy is academic institutions; 20 have set up an active presence in the HOLM. The remaining tenants are businesses – a combination of start-ups, mid-sized and large organizations. Just this summer Fraunhofer IML opened its new Center for Logistics and Mobility in the HOLM, where researchers will delve into mobility, aviation logistics, purchasing, finance, supply chain management and more. Additionally, the International School of Management, a private business school, just took space in the HOLM, an example of one of the many leading education institutions sharing space and ideas there.

The HOLM overlooks Frankfurt Airport, where more than 4,400 flights depart for over 300 destinations each week. The area is the single most accessible point in all of Europe, according to a survey conducted by the European Spatial Planning Observation Network (ESPON). Rimming the airport and included in this section of Frankfurt are the “Gateway Gardens” with offices of dozens of significant German and international logistics, transportation and mobility companies. It is anticipated that more than 11,000 jobs will be created throughout the Gateway Gardens district once it is completed in six years. The HOLM will continue to grow along with the rest of Gateway Gardens, anticipating over 100 tenants when it is fully built out. With its stellar location and broad mix of businesses, labs, and academic institutions all focused on sustainable logistics and mobility, the HOLM can be a welcome center of expertise to include in your next meeting or conference.



19.08.2015

Now for Something Completely Different …

Have your Next Meeting at An Ultra Cool Theatre or Take a One-of-a Kind Tour in Hamburg’s St. Pauli/Reeperbahn District

Want to give your delegates or incentive groups an adventure they will be hard-pressed to forget?

How about hitting the funky St. Pauli City District of Hamburg to visit the infamous Reeperbahn Street?

Once solely the red light district of Hamburg, St. Pauli and the Reeperbahn are now the places to be – to visit, to party, and to live. This hopping area offers music and professional theatre productions. Hip restaurants, swanky bars, and happening clubs.

Sure, there is still an edginess and sexiness here, but it’s being used to the advantage of an increasing number of meeting and business groups to provide a truly unique experience for visitors.   Your attendees are going to want to check out this area  anyway (it is one of the most visited places in Hamburg today infact), so why not make it an official part of your program?

Happily for your planning purposes, this was also the thinking of organizing company “Nordic Broadway.” They manage a number of restaurants and theatres in the area and have created a variety of unique conference and event spaces on the Reeperbahn, as well as one of a kind tour packages for St. Pauli & the Hamburg Port.

On the meeting space front, they can arrange for you to have your conference or a conference break out session at the St. Pauli Theatre. Home to plays, readings, music and comedy shows for 170 years (making it one of the oldest theatres in Germany,) The St. Pauli stage and audience seating can provide a historic yet technologically advanced place to host unique sessions or receptions.

For second and third options for “dramatic” meetings, parties and presentations go just a few doors down to the Schmidt Theatre and Schmidt’s Tivoli too.

Right beside these unique venues you can enjoy yummy and inventive Sushi from sushi master Kubaki at Dips ‘n Stix (think jalapenos for “out of the bento-box” taste,) then try U.S. funny-man Dan Aykroyd’s Crystal Head vodka at Angie’s, a bar with live music and a dance vibe.

In addition to offering meeting spaces and dining & entertainment options for your clients, Nordic Broadway can also take your group on a variety of creative and fun tours around the Reeperbahn & Hamburg Port. They can also custom build a program for you -- but with proven crowd pleasers like the i-Pad Tour (starring a wired scavenger hunt), the Hangover Tour (which includes poker training in the Casino Suite of the Hamburg Casino), or the Explorer (offering local favorite curried sausage at the outdoor Heisse Ecke snack bar), you might want to let someone else do the work for a change.

When it comes to the perfect hotel to complement this uniquely Hamburg experience, there is no better place to stay than the 25hours Hotel HafenCity, not far from St. Pauli and part of the urban, design-rich community of HafenCity.  The hotel mixes a retro maritime vibe -- typical for the city -- with a chic and clever ambiance to create super unique rooms and spaces. Elevators look like loading docks, shipping containers have been repurposed as meeting rooms (how cool is that!) and bed pillows beckon “Let’s Spend the Night Together” with a surprising embroidered message. As another unexpected touch a vinyl record library -- complete with an “old school” record player of course -- draws in music hipsters of all ages.

Another interesting option is the uber-cosmopolitan East Hotel Hamburg. This property also manages the brand new Clouds conference space and restaurant overlooking the rooftops of Hamburg and a panoramic view of the Harbor with three meeting rooms, state of the art tech equipment, and a professional kitchen space.
 
Finally, no tour to Hamburg would be complete without a visit to the green haven of the Alster.  The Alster is a peaceful and pretty river and lake spot that is surrounded by lovely parks and wide, flat walking trails that lead down to restaurants & small docks where you can take a 1.5 hour spin on sailboats run by Hamburg City Sailing. Perfect for a small group, or a few small groups that can create a “regatta,” Hamburg City Sailing’s crew provides informative and interesting facts about the history of Hamburg’s Port and the religious order that one grazed their dairy cows in the area. It is a relaxing and charming way to spend a bit of an afternoon or evening in Hamburg.


Helpful Links:

www.hamburg-convention.com

http://www.broadway-des-nordens.de/


http://www.25hours-hotels.com/en/hafencity/home/home.html

http://www.clouds-hamburg.de/language/en/

http://www.hamburg-city-sailing.de/



17.08.2015

Maritim Hotels – Combining High Quality Germany Service with all the Comforts of Home

Dhokla is a delightful delicacy of the Gujarati area of India that evokes all the comforts of home.  In true Maritim Hotel style, this and other Indian culinary fare recently were prepared exclusively for Prime Minister Narenda Modi of India during his recent official state visit to Hannover and Berlin. While it may be common in some hotels to serve food that comes from various nations, it is quite another thing to research your guests’ hometown favorites and serve those specialties as part of their home away from home. For family-owned hotel chain Maritim, it is a standard operating procedure for distinguished guests, meetings and events. When combined with all the other details that Maritim attends to during a guest’s visit, this effort sets Maritim in a class by itself.

As one of the world’s top 100 hotels in Hotel Magazine’s Annual Ranking of the World’s Biggest Hotel Companies, Maritim has always been a marquis address for major European and German events.  Whether put together a year in advance or compressed into a three or four week turnaround, meetings at Maritim mean flawless behind-the-scenes execution, personalized service and surprised and delighted meeting planners.

According to Beth Wickramasuriya, CMP and Director Global Accounts at HelmsBriscoe, “Maritim has been a home base for many of our meetings in Germany for several years. It offers high quality space but, more importantly, I have found that the attentive service of its staff simplifies planning and delivers the comforts that my attendees appreciate when they are traveling away from home.”

On the catering side, meeting planners can custom-tailor their menus to showcase locally grown, organic fare, gluten- and lactose-free options, and comfort foods of their choice.  To experience Berlin food flair, for example, meeting planners with events at either of Maritim’s two Berlin properties can select Berlin cuisine such as Cutlets of Havellands Apple Pork or Calf Liver “Berlin Style”.  In Munich, the experience becomes completely different with a full Bavarian spread including white sausages, sweet mustard and pretzels. One group of U.S. automobile dealers recently revved their trip to Munich this way, before they drove to explore BMW World and other auto-related attractions in Germany. 

On the meetings side, Maritim meeting space is customized to meeting planners’ specifications. Transformations can be as simple as standard board room space with break facilities to more creative use of open space and meeting areas for such events as the recent European Darts Open this summer in Dusseldorf as well as LocWorld, the leading conference for international business, translation, localization and more, held in Berlin in June. In November the Maritim in Bonn will host Waterproof Membranes 2015, an annual event where international manufacturers, welding equipment manufacturers and other allied industry professionals come together to discuss technical, architectural and other types of membrane applications.  As you can see, Maritim events run the gamut from intimate meetings and functions to complex affairs involving thousands of attendees.

What’s more, Maritim essentially serves as “one-stop planning support” for planners who want to combine their hotel and meeting space with unique venues within the region. Not only can Maritim recommend venues that support the meeting planner’s goals, but it can even cater events in off-property locations as the chain has its own catering company. For example, meeting planners in Frankfurt can arrange a party at the Schloss Vollrads, the home of the German Wine Society. While staying at the Maritim Hotel Titisee in the Black Forest, they can arrange teambuilding exercises that require attendees to build their own raft and then get aboard for a sail.

According to Incentive Travel Magazine, Maritim has had another year of record growth, owing in part to the hotel’s significant “upgrades and modernization of multiple properties in Germany, including Munich, Cologne, Stuttgart and Hannover.” All told, planners can select from 36 Maritim hotels in the first-class/deluxe category in Germany – each recognized for its commitment to the environment as well as its superior service and accommodations. Its updated multilingual website makes it easier for meeting planners to find initial information about planning their meetings, and they have ready access to on-the-ground sales contacts in Princeton, N.J. as well as in its many German locations. And with the U.S. dollar currently enjoying one of its strongest periods against the Euro, U.S. planners can see their dollars stretch even further.



11.08.2015

Nuremberg

One of the most disruptive technologies of the Internet age – the MP3 – originated in the region of Nuremberg.

The audio coding format emerged from the labs of the prestigious Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) and quickly became the world’s standard, ushering in a new era of digital music through MP3 players and paving the way for iPods, iTunes and music streaming. Fraunhofer IIS is highly regarded for its leading edge research and technology developments in audio, communications systems, energy management, IC design and design automation, imaging systems, medical technology, and more. Meeting planners can leverage Fraunhofer IIS’ experts, or those from universities such as Friedrich-Alexander-University, international businesses such as Siemens, and R&D organizations such as Medical Valley, to make their meetings a richer experience for both new and returning meeting attendees.

For more information, visit: https://www.nuernberg-convention.de/en/



11.08.2015

Stuttgart

The Stuttgart region, home to the world’s first automobile, still today can claim to be the world's leading center of the automobile industry.

Research and training facilities exist for almost all the relevant key and future-oriented fields of vehicle technology. Stuttgart University is home to leading research centers and faculties, and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) operates its own institute on the campus for innovative vehicle concepts. Stuttgart is the home of premium vehicle producers Daimler and Porsche, and Bosch, the largest automotive supplier. The Porsche Museum and the Mercedes-Benz Museum are prime venues for meetings and events, and factory visits and local speakers are always popular for meeting and conference groups. In 2017, Stuttgart will host 30th International Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS), a significant international event focused on electromobility and organized by the European Association for Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles.

For more information, visit: http://congress.stuttgart-tourist.de/en





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