GCB Educational Trips 2014 – Düsseldorf/Cologne/Bonn and Potsdam/Berlin

Scientific innovation, cultural highlights & great hospitality

The German Convention Bureau (GCB) and its regional partners are delighted to invite international meeting planners from Europe to discover Germany’s top event locations. A selection of the country’s most sought-after conference destinations as well as the surrounding regions are waiting to be explored.

Visitors will see some of Germany’s leading congress centres and hotels, and take part in an exciting programme of activities and events. What’s more, they will gain fascinating insight into the local science and industry scene; for example, with a visit to the German Aerospace Center in Cologne or the campus of Berlin’s famous university hospital Charité. These new perspectives are sure to help planners choose the ideal location for their needs, in line with their industry-specific requirements.

More information on the agenda and the online registration form are available here:

26-28 or 29 June: Düsseldorf and Cologne (with optional trip to Bonn)

31 August-3 September: Potsdam and Berlin

Contact GCB: Nina Streich, streich@gcb.de, Phone +49 69 24293029.  


Summer MICE Special Radission Blu Berlin July - August 2014

Summer MICE Special Radission Blu Berlin
Summer MICE Special Radission Blu Berlin
Book now until 30th June 2014 your next meeting or event with minimum 50 delegates and 50 rooms per night for minimum two nights taking place at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin between July and August 2014.

Benefits of the Summer MICE Special

  • Accommodation from 129 EUR per hotel room, per night including Super Breakfast Buffet and VAT
  • Free ice tea as welcome drink for the group (1 glass per delegate)
  • For the speaker: free Daily Delegate Rate and free guest room with upgrade to our Business Class category
  • Wireless Internet access is included throughout the hotel during the meeting
  • Free airport transfer from and to Tegel Airport (for arrival on Sundays only)
  • Coffee break with summer items like ice cream
  • Lunch BBQ Buffet selected by our chef
  • As a corporate client you will receive double Gold Points for the meeting, if you are a registered „Club Carlson for Planners“ member. Please do not hesitate to ask our staff for further details.

Book now!
Contact Meetings & Events
Tel. +49 30 23828 3400
E-Mail info.berlin@radissonblu.com

Above promotion and rates are subject to availability and valid for new bookings only with a minimum stay of two nights. Berlin accommodation tax is not included.
Agencies receive 12% commission on the hotel room rate and 7% on the daily delegate rate as well as on pre-booked food and drinks. Commission is not paid for breakfast, VAT and external supplies.


Relaunch of website of Maritm Hotelgesselschaft: Informative, multilingual, richly illustrated and user-friendly

Maritim has launched its new website:   Now in seven languages and with many new search features, the website has a fresh new look, complete with a wealth of images.

The biggest innovation is the multilingual approach: Maritim has decided to address its main source markets in their own languages and now presents its attractions not only in German and English but also in Spanish, Italian, French, Chinese and Russian. “Through this initiative, we seek to achieve clear enhancement of our brand awareness abroad and increase direct sales in these markets, which are so important for Maritim,” is how CEO Gerd Prochaska explains this important move. "We also now offer an identical booking system on the desktop website, mobile website and – coming soon – the smartphone app, so that our guests can always make their bookings in a familiar environment," adds Prochaska. In addition, the direct link from the room descriptions to the booking system makes reserving the desired room easier.

From the moment visitors land on the home page, the greater clarity and user-friendliness is clear, enabling a direct choice between overnight stays, conference bookings and travel packages.

The conference area, in particular, features new search criteria that make it easier to find the right deal. This is especially true when it comes to identifying suitable meeting rooms and event locations outside the hotel, because, since the introduction of the Maritim Event & Catering Service (MECS), this sphere has become an important new business focus. It is now possible, among other things, to seek venues by region and proximity to the hotel or according to the type of location desired, from museums and castles to churches and historic buildings.

The new pages all provide a fresh appearance, with large, stimulating images and a great deal of information. Guests can also use the illustrated pages of the hotel restaurants to check the hotel menus and order breakfast vouchers.

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 www.maritim.com.


Lufthansa Meetings & Events

Lufthansa Meetings & Events
Lufthansa Meetings & Events
Whether you are planning an event in Frankfurt, Munich, Brussels, Vienna or Zurich or as far away as China or South America, the Lufthansa Group airlines are your ideal choice.
Lufthansa Meetings & Events can help to ensure that getting to and from your event is as cost-effective as possible. Alongside the range of fares, delegates can also benefit from free baggage allowance, online check-in and seat selection as well as meals and refreshments. Delegates who are part of the free customer loyalty programme, Miles & More, will also earn valuable miles on all flights.
Benefits for delegates and organisers with Lufthansa Meetings & Events include:

  • Worldwide destinations
    For individual travel to around 250 destinations in approximately 100 countries
  • A variety of options
    Book flights with Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines , Brussels Airlines ,SWISS as well as Germanwings and our North Atlantic partners Air Canada and United Airlines
  • Christina Pepper
    Christina Pepper
    Greater flexibility 
    Arrival and departure up to 7 days before and after the event
  • Attractive prices
    Always the lowest price offer : special events rates or the lowest published fare with online booking and e-ticketing via a dedicated event branded website or via your nominated travel agency

Please contact Christina Pepper (Christina.Pepper@dlh.de) for further information or visit the Lufthansa team at The GCB stand (F100) at IMEX in Frankfurt. Alternatively, submit your enquiry online at LH.com/veranstaltungen.


European Design Award comes to Cologne

European Design Award
European Design Award
One of the leading competitions in the European communication design sector has been successfully persuaded to come to Cologne COLOGNE. On 24 May 2014, the European Design Award will be presented for the first time in Cologne. In its bid for this top-class design event, Cologne successfully competed against cities such as Vienna, Prague and Hamburg.

Cologne’s application and support process was primarily managed by KölnTourismus GmbH’s Cologne Convention Bureau (CCB), which acted together with the head of the department for economic affairs and properties, Ute Berg.

“I’m very delighted that the European Design Awards 2014 will be presented here in Cologne in May,” says Berg. “It gives Cologne an advantage over other renowned cities that competed for the award, such as Prague, Vienna and Hamburg – and it demonstrates once again that Cologne is the centre of the creative industry. The design sector is well represented in our city and contributes greatly to its dynamism and appeal, as well as to the success of the Cologne

The European Design Award is one of the leading European competitions for communication design. It is presented annually to honour Europe’s best achievements in the fields of graphic design, illustration and digital design.

"We are thrilled to be hosting the 2014 European Design events in the great city of Cologne. We look forward to holding this unique gathering of talented design professionals in a city so full of history and life. Especially the open-minded and cheerful people we met during the site inspections helped us to make the decision for the destination easily,” says Demetrios Fakinos, Managing Director of European Design.

The awards are presented in a different European city every year. After having been held in Athens, Stockholm, Zurich, Rotterdam, Vilnius, Helsinki and Belgrade, the event will now take place in the Comedia in Cologne. The design event will begin in the afternoon with a conference at which major European design studios will present their works before the festive awards ceremony takes place in the evening. The event is jointly organized by 15 European communication design magazines.“In future bids, Cologne will focus even more strongly on linking the congress sector with the local areas of economic and scientific expertise,” explains Josef Sommer, CEO of KölnTourismus GmbH. “We’re proud that we were able to optimally draw the city’s various players together to bring the European Design Award to Cologne.”

Tickets for the conference and the evening event will soon be available in the webshop at www.europeandesign.org. Design students receive a discount.



Sustainability Advisor Seminars receive an Award from the German UNESCO Commission

UN-Dekade "Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung"
UN-Dekade "Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung"
Seminars organised by The GCB German Convention Bureau e.V. for sustainability advisors in the events sector have been awarded the title of project of the UN Decade in "Education for Sustainable Development". This outstanding award acknowledges the work of The GCB relating to green meetings.

"Seminars for sustainability advisors demonstrate in an impressive way what future-oriented education could look like. The jury voted for the project because it explains how people can operate on a sustainable basis in a way we can understand", says Professor Gerhard de Haan, Chairman of the National Committee and of the Jury for the UN Decade in Germany.

The distinction is awarded for initiatives that implement the objective of the United Nations' worldwide education campaign in an exemplary way: they explain the concept of sustainable thought and action to adults and children. The requirements for the award include, amongst other things, that the project must impart knowledge and expertise from the three dimensions of sustainability: economic, social and environmental, be of an innovative character and have a far-reaching impact.

Petra Hedorfer, CEO of the German National Tourist Board (DZT) says: "It is not only meetings and conferences but the whole German tourist industry and all sectors of science and the economy that use events as an instrument for communication and dissemination of knowledge that will benefit from this project."

Matthias Schultze, Managing Director of the GCB says: "The GCB team works in many ways to establish the subject of sustainability in the German events sector and we’re very pleased about this award. Feedback from participants has also encouraged us to continue to provide further training. The seminars give companies operating in the events sector a good opportunity to present themselves as exemplary operators in terms of sustainability".

The further training events are part of a GCB project, sponsored by the DBU (German Federal Environmental Foundation) and carried out in co-operation with the EVVC (European Association of Event Centres), to reduce carbon dioxide emissions at events.

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