30.10.2014

187,793 Square Metres Capacity for Green Events

The Congress Region of Stuttgart: Competence Centre for Sustainable

 ©Stuttgart Convention Bureau
©Stuttgart Convention Bureau
Certifications, awards and voluntary self-commitment are clear affirmations of a successful sustainablity model in the Stuttgart Region's congress sector. The Stuttgart Convention Bureau continues to pursue its activities in the field of environmental protection in order to establish Stuttgart as an eco-conscious congress destination in the long term.

For 20 years now the Stuttgart Convention Bureau has been the partner of the regional event sector, acting as the central point of contact for event planners. Besides the classic services which ensure the optimum planning and organisation of meetings in the Stuttgart Region, the involvement of all the congress partners and the congress destination itself with the issue of sustainability is of prime importance. The list of partners whose enterprises operate in conformance with CSR regulations is steadily growing and can be found under www.congress-stuttgart.de in the category "Green Meetings".

What does this represent in figures:
• 52 congress centres, conference hotels and locations currently provide sustainable infrastructures and services in the Stuttgart Region
• These have 504 meeting rooms on offer
• 138,333 participants in all can convene there
• 187,793 square metres of space are available at these venues

The staff of the SCB are trained by the German Convention Bureau as sustainability advisers and bundle the region's "green meeting" offers. The SCB's portfolio includes supplementary services and information to provide all-round sustainable solutions. Last year the 39th GTM Germany Travel Mart™ of the German National Tourist Board (GNTB/DZT) was held in Stuttgart as a "green meeting" with some 1,300 participants. And in June of the coming year the Region is to host the German Protestant Church Congress, one of the most environmentally friendly major events in Germany.

About the Stuttgart Region Convention Bureau
The Stuttgart Convention Bureau (SCB) – a department of the Stuttgart-Marketing GmbH and Regio Stuttgart Marketing- und Tourismus GmbH – is the central and impartial point of contact for the state capital of Stuttgart and the surrounding region for event organisers from companies, associations and institutions, as well as for event agencies. Event planners benefit from the team's extensive expertise and receive professional advice and support for the organisation of congresses and other events in the Stuttgart Region. The team markets the congress destination both in Germany and abroad. The SCB’s strategic partners are: the ICS International Congress Center Stuttgart/Messe Stuttgart (Trade Fair Centre), the Liederhalle Culture and Congress Centre, Stuttgart Airport, WRS (Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation), congress centres in the Stuttgart Region and the local hospitality sector.


29.10.2014

Mannheim is a Hotbed for Medical Conferences

 ©Stadtmarketing Mannheim GmbH
©Stadtmarketing Mannheim GmbH
Part of the BioRN region, Mannheim offers a healthy draw for conferences and meetings specialising 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 personalised medicine and cancer treatment to industrial maturity.

It’s no surprise then that Mannheim -  home to well-known organisations 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.



29.10.2014

Maritim focuses on sustainability in the events sector

 ©Maritim
©Maritim
The only German hotel company to do so, Maritim has trained employees in all its German hotels to become sustainability consultants. Maritim has launched a new initiative, under the name ProUmwelt (pro-environment), which focuses on environmental protection and sustainable economic development. A baseline study has therefore been conducted for all 36 hotels in Germany, covering energy, waste, water, purchasing, mobility and employees. This ambitious project is being led by the Green Team under the management of the sustainability consultants. One of their tasks, in addition to project coordination, is to offer events partners advice in all areas of sustainability.

In January 2013, Maritim signed a sustainability code for the German events sector, which was an initiative of the German Convention Bureau and the Europäischer Verband der Veranstaltungs-Centren e.V. (European Association of Events Centres). Its motto in relation to energy and resources is: avoid, reduce, recycle and use. The progress made in the project was documented and assessed in 2014 with positive results.

September 2012 saw Maritim's market launch of the Maritim Green Meeting conference package. Particular features of this sustainable package include fair-trade coffee, the use of regional products and the preparation of FSC-certified conference blocks, recycled flipchart paper and environmentally friendly biodegradable pens. In addition to the hiring of rooms, technical equipment and conference catering, the Green Meeting package also includes a three-course dinner menu or buffet lunch. As is the case with the other conference packages (Maritim Exclusive and Maritim à-la-carte), a range of additional services can also be added to the Green Meeting package. With 36 hotels in Germany, Maritim is represented in all the major cities.

For more Information visit: www.maritim.com


28.10.2014

German Christmas Markets Enchant During the Holiday Season

Meeting attendees and business travelers visiting Germany in late November–December 24th have the unique opportunity to visit the traditional “Christkindlmarkt” or Christmas Markets.

These outdoor, wonderlands of gifts, food, and music literally and figuratively light up historic squares of cities, villages and towns all across Germany.

Decorative stalls feature handmade items such as ornaments, nutcrackers and toys.  Food and drink is a focal point with mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, baked apples, and grilled sausages & bratwursts. Glowing, large Christmas trees bring cheer as do carousels and ferris wheels.

 

One of the most popular Christmas markets takes place in Nuremberg, featuring its famous gingerbread based on a recipe from the 17th century. Frankfurt’s holiday market is over 600 years old and spans scenic squares and quay areas; Hamburg brings in a charming maritime element, and Stuttgart/Esslingen puts on a magical market against the backdrop of the Old Palace. Most German towns and cities host their own Christmas Market, so the opportunities are endless.


22.10.2014

Munich – Hotspot for Innovation

 © Rudolf Sterflinger/Muenchen Tourismus
© Rudolf Sterflinger/Muenchen Tourismus
Bavarian hospitality, beautiful countryside and various cultural attractions have long earned Munich an outstanding reputation as a top incentives meeting destination. Recent accolades, however, show there’s much more to Munich than scenery and cultural charms, particularly for association and conference meeting planners. No matter the size of the event, Munich has something for everyone, particularly for planners who intend to closely link their conference agendas to local resources, talent and expertise.

While German companies are among the most innovative in the world (Source: World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report 2014), Munich itself is a centre of innovation in several industries. The high tech sector in particular is flourishing, with major global brands such as Siemens, IBM, Apple and Microsoft calling Munich their home office or European headquarters. The start-up scene is quite dynamic, especially since a recent study by the European Commission named Munich the #1 tech hot spot in Europe, edging out London and Paris.

Technology and science no longer are the “best kept secrets” of the Bavarian capital. Munich is home to four research institutes and 13 universities – two of them internationally lauded as “Universities of Excellence.” This means that more than 50,000 students and thousands of faculty staff are pushing the boundaries of education on a daily basis, whether in technology, humanities and cultural sciences, law, economics and sociology, or medicine and the sciences.
This hotbed of technology and science on both the business and academic level can mean unique experiences for conference attendees – site visits, guest speakers, museum trips of every kind and more.  With pressure mounting to get the most value out of a business conference or meeting, attendees are often selecting programmes that can bring this new level of expertise to a conference programme.

Two large, recent technology/science conferences Munich has hosted are the European Respiratory Society and the European Society of Cardiology, but the city can cater to groups as small as 60 people.  Another option for meeting planners is to embed their conference into one of the many international trade shows that Munich hosts each year; this is a great way for planners to leverage the access and expertise available through world-class events and integrate their meetings and conferences as co-resident programmes.


20.10.2014

LEIPZIG – SUSTAINABILITY IN THE AUTOMOBILE AND SUPPLIER INDUSTRY BUSINESS CLUSTER

 ©Dirk Brzoska
©Dirk Brzoska
Under the headline ‘Transport for a changing world’, ministers of transport and scientists from all over the world met for discussions with association representatives and general managers of important transport companies in May 2014. About 1,150 participants from 80 countries gathered during the ‘International Transport Forum’ in the CCL Congress Center Leipzig. For many years this meeting has been hosted in Leipzig.

The automobile and supplier industry is an important branch with a high degree of expertise in Leipzig. It is above all represented by Porsche and BMW.

The BMW Leipzig plant received the prestigious ‘Lean & Green Management Award 2014’. This prize is awarded in six categories every year, and the Leipzig BMW plant won in the category ‘Automotive OEM’.

The award acknowledges the exceptionally intensive and authentic commitment for sustainability by both management and staff. The resource-efficient production of the i3 and i8 e-vehicles as early as in the development phase is another important reason. The result is a completely new way of automobile manufacturing. Four wind turbines for power supply, put up on the plant estate last year, are part of the holistic concept, which is based on a consistently sustainable value chain. They annually generate 26 GWh of wind power – more than is needed for the e-vehicle production. This makes a power supply possible that is based on own, regenerative energy sources in order to keep the carbon footprint of the BMW i3 as small as possible. Since 2005 BMW have produced in Leipzig with own pressing plant, body construction, paint shop and assembling, and with about 4,000 employees. In guided factory tours, visitors can make themselves familiar with vehicle production. They can watch the car’s body being welded, painted and assembled.

The Porsche Leipzig GmbH have produced in Leipzig since 2002. In February 2014, a new plant section was inaugurated as a full-service unit for the production of the model Macan. 50,000 of these luxury SUVs are scheduled to roll off the production line this year. In the future, the Panamera will also be completely made in Leipzig.

Over the past two years the plant’s workforce has grown from an initial 900 to about 2,500 – a development with a positive effect on the city’s job market. Since suppliers and service providers have also moved here, an estimated 5,000 to 6,000 jobs have been created in the region.

 ©Joerg Lange
©Joerg Lange
For the Porsche Leipzig GmbH, environmental protection is a main issue, too. The reduction of the annual CO2 emission thanks to innovative technologies is part of this, just like the use of LED lamps in the outdoor areas of the plant, which annually reduces CO2 emission by 927 t. On an almost untouched terrain where 30 wild horses and 70 aurochs live in the direct vicinity of the plant, an area of about 74,000 m2 is being covered with green and 1,100 new trees are being planted.

The energy efficiency of the body construction will be optimised by a photo-voltaic system installed on the roof, which is to generate up to 800,000 kWh of power per year. Today, an innovative cooling of the robot welding tongs already reduces the annual power consumption in car body construction by more than 365,000 kWh.

Ground breaking developments have also taken place in the paint shop, where Porsche use the waste heat of a nearby biomass power plant. This way, 80% of the heat required in the paint shop are produced carbon neutrally, and the CO2 emission is reduced by more than 8,000 t per year.

The Leipzig Porsche plant also has several meeting rooms and large conference facilities. They are accommodated in the Porsche customers centre, which seen from a distance resembles a diamond: The large auditorium with all-around glazing and a stage provides more than 1,300 square metres of space. The surrounding gallery serves as an exhibition area for historical Porsche models.

During company events and incentive programmes the production facilities can be visited. Event packages on the off-road and on-road race courses, such as ‘Porsche Leipzig Co-Pilot’ or ‘Porsche Leipzig Pilot’, are the spectacular highlight of a visit.

More Information here




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