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©Melia International
Düsseldorf: The elegant, life-affirming city on the Rhine stands for fashion, shopping, culture and incredible events. 26 museums, Schloss Benrath palace, more than 20 theatres, a variety of concert halls and more than 100 galleries make Düsseldorf an international metropolis of art and culture.

Meliá Düsseldorf is the perfect choice for your business or leisure trips to the city, thanks to its excellent location to the city centre next to the Hofgarten (oldest Public Park in Germany), near the famous 'Königsallee' (Kö) district with its luxurious boutiques and only few minutes from trendy restaurants.
The elegant and stylish business hotel provides 201 spacious rooms, 9 meeting rooms with daylight and maximum capacity of 250 people as well as WiFi Internet , inviting dining spaces (Aqua Restaurant); full gym for the exclusive use of guests and a fully equipped YHI Wellness Centre with 2 saunas, steam bath, ice fountain, sensations shower and relaxation area.

You are organizing an event in 2015? Do not hesitate to contact us! We will more than pleased to help you and advise you to ensure your meeting will be a complete success.

Special meeting package from 49 €/person/day:
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©Melia International

• 2 coffee breaks with snacks
• Lunch buffet or 2 course menu including one soft drink (0,2l)
• Unlimited soft drinks in the meeting room
• Audiovisual equipment (projector, screen, flipchart, pin board, moderator‘s kit )
• Meeting room rental
• Free Wi-Fi in the conference area
Double for single use room from 109€/night. Breakfast included.
The prices above are on request and subject to availability from 15 people per day.
Valid for new groups or meetings, not valid in conjunction with previously booked or held residential meetings, groups or any other promotion.
T. +49 211 52284-2203
F. +49 211 52284-2299

Your team at the Meliá Düsseldorf Hofgarten


Save the dates! - Educational Trips 2015

Save the dates for our exciting Educational Trips 2015 and get ready to discover Germany’s top event locations!

Hamburg & Bremen 11-14 June, 2015
Frankfurt & Darmstadt 9-11 July, 2015

The German Convention Bureau (GCB) and its regional partners are delighted to invite international meeting planners from Europe to explore these two innovative German regions.
Experience first-handedly the maritime charm and the monumental skyline of two of the country’s most sought-after conference destinations as well as the surrounding regions!
3-4 days packed with networking, site inspections, education, and of course fun! On top of this, you will gain fascinating insight into the local science and industry scene. Inspiration all along the line for ambitious meeting planners like you!
Sounds good? Then save the dates! You are welcome to register your interest by sending a quick note to streich@gcb.de.
More information will follow in due course.


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.

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