Germany is the leading European destination for conferences
Press release
19 May 2015

For the 11th year running Germany earns number 1 spot in Europe & second worldwide in annual ICCA rankings

UK technology & innovation and medical & healthcare industries drawn to German expertise


Once again Germany has come out on top of the International Congress & Convention Association’s (ICCA) annual rankings. The 2014 report on the international meetings landscape and survey of the top international association meeting destinations ranks Germany first in Europe and second worldwide (only behind the U.S.) for the 11th consecutive year.
The report also shows that of the many international association conferences hosted in Germany last year, 8% are from the UK and 10% from the US.
More than 30 % of international conventions in Germany are in the sector of technology and innovation and 23 % in medicine and healthcare, matching Germany’s significant expertise and experience in industries such as Tech, Green Tech, Automotive, Pharma, Medical, R&D and more.

This industry know-how (and the German destinations, venues, companies, R&D facilities, in-country experts and universities that surrounds it) is a strong draw for many UK-based associations.  Munich is set to host an international conference for UK-based society MICCAI. The 18th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention takes place on 5 – 9 October 2015 with 1,000 international participants. Hamburg is set to welcome around 5,000 delegates to a major international logistics event organised by a UK events company - Intermodal Europe is held on 17 – 19 November 2015. Another major convention with around 5,000 participants is the 1st Congress of the European Academy of Neurology (EAN), taking place 20 – 23 June 2015 in Berlin.

Commenting on Germany’s long-standing leadership in the global meetings market Matthias Schultze, Managing Director of the German Convention Bureau, said, “It is a great achievement for Germany to be recognised at the top of ICCA’s ranking for over a decade now. We all work hard as an integrated, country-wide destination, service, venue, hotel, convention center and economic development community to deliver one-of-a-kind meeting experiences.

“We want delegates visiting Germany to depart with deeper knowledge and fresh ideas in their areas of study and work, to gain meaningful and lasting connections with other industry experts, and to enjoy great experiences in our dynamic and diverse cities and regions. All this adds up to leadership for Germany in ICCA and other rankings, but most importantly it adds up to true benefits and ROI for planners and delegates from around the globe.“


About the GCB
The German Convention Bureau (GCB) represents and markets Germany as a destination for conventions, meetings, events and incentives both on a national and international scale. It is the first point of contact for companies, associations and organisations around the world planning events in Germany.

Acting as a connector to the wide range of German event service providers, venues and host cities, the German Convention Bureau (GCB) provides hands-on advice and support to planners and executives in all industries and organisations. To bring maximum value, quality and customisation to each meeting and event hosted in Germany, the GCB also helps hosts and attendees leverage the country’s deep expertise in green meetings and key industries such as pharmaceuticals, financials, automotive, logistics & transportation, and technology.

The GCB’s about 170 members, representing more than 430 leading hotels, convention centers, destinations, event agencies and service providers of the German meetings and conventions industry. Congress Hall at Leipzig Zoo and Hamburg Convention Bureau are Preferred Partners of the GCB. As Strategic Partners, Lufthansa German Airlines, Deutsche Bahn (German Railways), and the German National Tourist Board (GNTB) support the work of the GCB.

The GCB website ( serves as a useful online tool to find detailed information on Germany, search venues and vendors, get tips for green meetings, catch up on the latest news, access travel guides, and much more.
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For further information, please contact:

Emma Ward, GCB UK
T: + 44 207 736 4022


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