Düsseldorf: Conventions from medicine to technology – 2015: a strong year / good prospects for the next few years
Düsseldorf Congress Sport & Event GmbH recorded a strong year for conventions in 2015 and is expecting this development to continue in the near future. The thematic focus over the next few years will be on medicine and healthcare conventions. It has been estimated that, by the end of this year, over 43,000 delegates will have attended 21 events at the CCD Congress Center Düsseldorf in this sector. Healthcare issues will continue to form a focal area in the convention programme in the years to come. In addition, there will also be a number of international conventions on technology. Düsseldorf Congress Sport & Event thus confirms the findings of the Düsseldorf Convention Barometer.
“The convention business is in a good position in Düsseldorf. This positive development is due partly to ongoing sales and marketing activities and partly also to interaction within the entire event infrastructure in Düsseldorf. One unique feature of the venue, for instance, is our cooperation with hotels whereby major meeting planners receive advance room contingents on binding terms,” says Hilmar Guckert, CEO of Düsseldorf Congress Sport & Event.
Numerous references from the medical and healthcare sectors
2015 has so far been the strongest year for medical conventions in the history of Düsseldorf Congress Sport & Event. Events at the Congress Center Düsseldorf (CCD) included annual conferences of the German societies of anaesthetists (4,000 delegates), speech therapists (2,000 delegates) and neurologists (6,000 delegates) as well as the FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (3,000 delegates) which concluded only a few days ago. It will be followed in November by the autumn meeting of the German Diabetes Society (4,000 delegates) and, immediately afterwards, the public World Diabetes Day, held by diabetesDE – German Diabetes Aid (5,000 delegates).
Over the next few years Düsseldorf will continue to feature as one of Germany’s leading venues for conventions in medicine and healthcare. Firm bookings have already been received for a large number of regular events for the coming years, such as the German Ophthalmic Academy (AAD) and the continuous professional training convention of the Federal German Gynaecological Academy. The CCD programme also includes the AGM of the German ENT Society (May 2016), a meeting of the midwives of North Rhine-Westphalia (September 2016) and the convention of the German Society of Implantology (November 2017).
Increasing number of international technology conventions
In addition to events in medicine and healthcare, there has been a steady growth in the number of conventions on technology. At the same time Düsseldorf Congress Sport & Event has noted an increase in the proportion of international events from this sector. Examples include the European Conference on Optical Communication and the International Rotating Equipment Conference, which will both be hosted by Congress Center Düsseldorf (CCD) in autumn 2016. It underlines the results of the recently published Düsseldorf Conference Barometer, whereby the proportion of international meeting planners in Düsseldorf is 7.9 per cent and thus far above the German average of around three per cent.
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