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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).



German Convention Bureau (GCB) to increase presence and focus on Asian market through new operations in China

Beginning in early 2015, the German Convention Bureau (GCB) will increase its presence in the Asian market through new operations in China.

In sync with the GCB’s charter to further the German meetings industry, the move into China emphasizes the importance of this market for Germany.

Chinese business trips account for 40 percent of the total number of journeys to Germany (e.g., 964,000) – a level not seen from any other individual source market.

Additionally, research data from organizations such as the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) predicts that China will overtake the USA as the largest nation of business travellers by 2016.

Matthias Schultze, Managing Director of the GCB, said, "China is a growing, important market for the German meetings industry and we look forward to working more closely with Asian buyers and planners.”

Operations in China will build on initial activities undertaken by the GCB in collaboration with the German National Tourist Office, including Chinese event planner visits to Munich and Nuremberg; press meetings in Shanghai and Beijing; and an online Germany meetings tutorial program (via http://germany-meetingexperts.com) which has drawn over 600 Chinese event planners since being launched in September 2014.

With the introduction of representatives in China, the GCB now has feet on the ground on three continents, with offices also in Frankfurt and New York City.


Join Us This May for our GCB Americas Educational Tour pre-IMEX to Dresden!

Located in the northeast of Germany, Dresden is a not only brimming with vibrant culture, gorgeous architecture and economic and political strength, but is also home to all types of meetings and conferences, particularly in the science, research and technology industries.

This May 14-18th, the GCB Americas team will be headed to Dresden with a small set of planners, giving them an in-depth look into what Dresden offers them, the meeting hosts and delegates.

The group will tour the Volkswagen “Transparent Factory” where the luxury Phaeton is assembled, visit the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, and get to know stunning event venues like castles, palaces and museums. A night walk to the top of the famous “Frauenkirche” (Church of our Lady) will be a unique experience, and traditional German food and music will also be enjoyed. At the conclusion of the tour everyone will continue on to IMEX in Frankfurt May 19-21 to attend the show as a hosted buyer.

Interested in coming? Contact Laura d’Elsa at gcb@germany-meetings.com for more information.


Deutsche Bahn is Recognized for Green Excellence With Respected CDP Climate Protection Rating

Deutsche Bahn (DB - German Railways) has scooped the title of the best unlisted company from non-profit organization CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) for its comprehensive climate protection activities.

After evaluating DB's climate-related reports for 2013, CDP awarded the company a score of 99 out of 100 points, securing the organization an A grade for climate protection. This is the best possible rating and gives the company a leading international position.

The CDP announced DB's score at its Climate Leadership Conference which was held in Munich on October 16. CDP is a one of the most highly respected ratings organizations active in the field of sustainability, it assesses almost 2,000 companies' climate protection activities.

Despite participating in the evaluation process for just the first time, DB still managed to secure an impressive position on the internationally recognized Climate Performance Leadership Index, a list of 187 major international companies compiled by CDP.

Dr. Karl-Friedrich Rausch, Chief Sustainability Officer at DB and member of the Management Board for Transport and Logistics, explains: “This accolade further validates our climate protection activities, proving that we are on the right path. We want to provide our customers with products and services that are climate-friendly, and the long-distance rail journeys of millions of customers are already powered by 100% renewable power for CO2 travel."

Since the German government's reform of the rail system in 1994, climate protection has been a core concern at DB and is now part of the Group's DB2020 strategy. The company aims to be an environmental pioneer and is constantly increasing its energy efficiency and the proportion of renewable energy used to power its trains: this figure recently reached 35.2%. The company's climate protection target of reducing CO2 emissions by 20% between 2006 and 2020 for all its international activities is now also within reach due to DB's green products and services in long-distance transport.

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