Stuttgart awarded certification as Sustainable Destination

Stuttgart-Marketing GmbH committed to sustainability in tourism

The issue of sustainability plays an increasingly important role in the tourism and meetings industry. With its successful participation in a certification concept the tourist and meetings destination of Stuttgart acknowledges this trend. Together with local service providers it sets itself ambitious goals for a sustainable future for the city of Stuttgart.

Sustainability in tourism is gaining in relevance all the time. It is an important locational advantage for tourist destinations and ensures their competitiveness on a national and international level. Recognising the significance of this issue, the destination of Stuttgart took part as a pretester in developing a unique, nationwide certification concept for tourist destinations. It underwent the entire sustainability check and completed it successfully: on 22nd October 2014 Stuttgart became the first city to receive the official "Sustainable Destination" signet from Alexander Bonde, Baden-Württemberg's Minister of Tourism. 

Initiator of the innovative certification concept for tourist destinations was Baden-Württemberg's Ministry of Rural Affairs and Consumer Protection (MLR). The purpose of the certification is to assess popular travel destinations in the state according to ecological, economic and social sustainability criteria and thus assist their sustainable future development. By initiating sustainability certification for tourist destinations, Baden-Württemberg takes the lead on both a national and international level. Stuttgart is one of the four pilot destinations whose sustainability was examined during this process. As the lead organisation, the Stuttgart-Marketing GmbH has committed itself to increasing the destination's sustainability on a continuous basis. 

For the Stuttgart-Marketing GmbH, participation in the sustainability check is the logical continuation of its previous achievements in the area of sustainability. For the Stuttgart-Marketing GmbH's Stuttgart Convention Bureau (SCB) in particular, the issue of sustainability has long been at the focus of its activities. Not only is the SCB committed to the "Right and Fair" codex, it also has at its disposal an attractive portfolio for so-called "green meetings", with some 50 sustainably oriented congress centres, conference hotels and locations in the Stuttgart Region. 

Sustainable services of the SCB:

Advice as to the general sustainability commitment of tourism service providers and services 

Procuring Deutsche Bahn (German Rail) event tickets

Free travel on the ÖPNV transport network for hotel reservations made through Stuttgart-Marketing

Paperless offer presentation and booking facilities (data bank) 

Data bank facilitates the selection of providers geared to "green meetings"

About the Stuttgart 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.

For further information visit: www.congress-stuttgart.de/en


Sustainable conferences in Düsseldorf

 ©Duesseldorf CSE
©Duesseldorf CSE
One of Europe’s large event companies, Düsseldorf Congress Sport & Event has firmly established the principle of sustainability in its philosophy and regards ecologically efficient and responsible action as a continuous process. The company is banking on sustainability in conjunction with facility management as well as planning and implementation of events and on social responsibility in the region.

It is possible to organise sustainable conferences particularly effectively at the CCD 
Congress Center Düsseldorf: The Congress Center has repeatedly been commended for its successful sustainability management with the “Green Globe” certificate. For larger corporate events, the portfolio of Düsseldorf Congress Sport & Event offers modern multifunctional halls which fulfil state-of the- art technical standards and have already incorporated sustainability standards into their construction. Furthermore, Düsseldorf Congress Sport & Event has also committed itself to the “rightandfair” (“fairpflichtet”) initiative and undertaken to comply with the sustainability code of the German speaking event industry.

When planning and implementing events, the company co-operates closely with partners 
that have been commended for ecologicallyvaluable work, such as the catering company Stockheim. However, for Düsseldorf Congress Sport & Event, social responsibility also means continuous vocational training and further education for its own staff as well as active commitment within the region. For example, the company encourages and supports young talents in the sport city of Düsseldorf.

For more information visit: www.d-cse.de/en


tekom Annual Meeting at the ICS a Successful Endeavour

World's largest convention for technical communication held at the ICS for the first time – A positive signal for the high-tech region in Stuttgart

Some 4,000 convention-goers and trade fair visitors learned about current trends and technical developments at the 2014 tekom annual meeting. ©tekom/KDBusch
Some 4,000 convention-goers and trade fair visitors learned about current trends and technical developments at the 2014 tekom annual meeting. ©tekom/KDBusch
From 11 to 13 November 2014, some 4,000 convention-goers and trade fair visitors attended the annual meeting of the European Association for Technical Communication – tekom Europe e.V. at the ICS International Congress Center Stuttgart. In so doing, the industry meeting place for technical editors and information developers from industrial, software and service companies got off to a perfect start. "Our high expectations were more than met", comments Dr. Michael Fritz, Managing Director of tekom, on the event's premiere at the ICS and the rise in visitor numbers in Stuttgart. "Our tekom annual meeting is perfectly situated in the centre of one of Europe's economically strongest regions that is also home to a German city renowned for its high-tech credentials, and profits still further from the English-language tcworld conference and tekom trade fair held at the same time."
tekom changed the location of its annual meeting from Wiesbaden to Stuttgart and plans to continue holding the event at the ICS through to 2017. The new location is attractive for several reasons. First, the professional association has its offices in Stuttgart and stays in close touch with the universities in Baden-Württemberg. Many members are also employed by industrial companies and service providers throughout the region. All target groups are addressed directly with the comprehensive three-day programme.

The combination of meeting, international convention and trade fair is widely regarded as the largest venue for technical communication worldwide. This year, the ICS provided a total of 7,800 square metres of floor space. Thanks to the versatile premises, the distances walked between the over 230 workshops and lecture areas as well as the stands of the 180 exhibiting companies remained as short as possible. Participants and exhibitors alike praised the close proximity to Stuttgart Airport and the ease with which people can arrive at and leave the grounds in particular.

For Stefan Lohnert, Division Director Guest Events, the tekom annual meeting is the optimal addition to the cluster strategy, which also focuses on events in the IT and automotive sectors. "A great deal of well-known industrial companies are headquartered in the Stuttgart region, and the need for intelligent IT solutions continues to grow, especially in the core sectors of automotive and mechanical engineering. Technical communication therefore plays a critical role in this context."


Deutsche Bahn takes top position in highly regarded climate protection rating

Member of the Management Board Dr. Karl-Friedrich Rausch: CDP vindicates DB's climate protection activities


Deutsche Bahn's comprehensive climate protection activities have won it the title of the best unlisted company in German-speaking Europe from non-profit organisation CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project). After evaluating DB's climate-related reports for 2013, CDP awarded the company a score of 99 out of 100 points, securing DB an A grade for climate protection, the best possible rating, and giving it a leading international position. CDP is a one of the most highly respected ratings organisations active in the field of sustainability, and it assesses almost 2,000 companies' climate protection activities. It announced DB's score at the CDP Climate Leadership Conference, which was held in Munich on 16 October. 

Despite taking part in the evaluation process only for the first time, DB still secured an impressive 
position on the internationally recognised 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 says, "This accolade vindicates 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, such as BahnCard holders and bahn.corporate clients, are already powered 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. With this in mind, DB 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 thanks to DB's green products and services in long-distance transport. 

You can read about these developments in DB's Key Facts and Figures for Sustainability 
2013 brochure. This 40-page brochure is available for downloading at www.deutschebahn.com/nachhaltigkeit2013. 

About CDP: CDP runs the world's largest independent network of institutional investors, companies 
and cities with the aim of creating transparency about efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In the name of 767 institutional investors with a net worth of EUR 92 trillion, CDP gathers and analyses a wide range of climate-related data.


EIBTM 2014: Internet presentation of the German joint participation is online

The internet presentation of the German joint participation at the EIBTM 2014 has officially been published

Please check your media entry in particular and send us your corrections directly via e-mail to id@wohlgemuth-team.de.

In order to let the German shared booth be found easily it is important to let as many links as pssible refer to it.
Therefore we would like to ask you kindly to put this link on a good visible spot on your website. Feel free to use one of the following banner: http://www.german-pavilion.com/banner/  

Thank you very much for the cooperation. We wish you a successful participation at the fair!


Europe Set to Strengthen Success in Meetings Industry Market as European National Convention Bureaus Form Strategic Alliance

Europe’s position as the number one destination for business events is set to be solidified further with the launch of a new initiative by European national convention bureaus. This strategic alliance is the first of its kind, and aims to strengthen the position of Europe across the globe as a meetings and event destination.

From an initial idea conceived over a year ago by Eric Bakermans of the Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions,  and Matthias Schultze from the German Convention Bureau, the initiative has rapidly expanded and welcomed 17 members. The aim of this informal group is knowledge sharing and cooperating to further enhance the position of each individual member as well as boost Europe’s standing as the leading continent for business events in the world.  

National convention bureaus across the continent have responded well to the creation of the strategic alliance which, to date, includes: Austrian Convention Bureau, Czech Convention Bureau, Estonian Convention Bureau, Finland Convention Bureau, GCB German Convention Bureau e.V., Hungarian Convention Bureau, Meet in Reykjavik, Montenegro National Tourist Board/National Convention Bureau, NBTC Holland Marketing, Norway Convention Bureau, Poland Convention Bureau, Serbia Convention Bureau, Slovakia Convention Bureau, Slovenian Convention Bureau, Switzerland Convention Bureau, and VisitDenmark. 

Eric Bakermans, Marketing Manager for the Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions, and Matthias Schultze, Managing Director of the German Convention Bureau, speaking on behalf of the group, said: “We’re aiming to have a constructive and active collaboration on issues to make us stronger as Europe, without compromising each country’s unique identity. Our partnership approach unites the individual and unique offerings of each member, to simplify and strengthen the approach towards key markets.” Schultze explained: "Europe is the number one meeting destination worldwide for association meetings, hosting nearly 2.5 million business visitors a year[i]. The number of meetings held is nearly three times as many as the second largest market. This is a compelling proposition, and we wanted to create an initiative which builds on this success and enables convention bureaus from across the continent to join together. Bakermans added: “Matthias and I started the initiative to address the need for knowledge sharing on specific issues which affect our daily work as national convention bureaus. We’re aware of the need to work towards combining our efforts to utilize these strengths and expertise to market throughout the world.”

The group has met three times over the past 18 months and has generated immense interest. The next step for the new initiative will be a meeting of members and other interested European national convention bureaus in Copenhagen in the New Year to further develop the alliance.

[i]Source: ICCA Statistics Report 2013

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