Last year, 11.4 million participants came to conferences, congresses and incentives in the German capital. This represents a growth of four per cent. The number of events grew by three per cent to about 135,000 in the same time period. These are the results of the latest convention statistics 2015 from the Berlin Convention Office of visitBerlin.
“Berlin is one of the most successful convention and meeting destinations in the world,” said Heike Mahmoud, Director Conventions of the visitBerlin Convention Office. “The expansion of our marketing activities, including Asia, and the continued development of the services we offer our clients promote the long-term growth of Berlin’s meetings and convention business as part of a strategy to ensure our city’s continued success in the future.”
The hotel industry in particular benefited from the strong conference and convention business: In 2015, the event market generated 7.5 million overnight stays (+7 per cent), representing approximately a quarter of all hotel stays in Berlin.
Science and medicine meet in Berlin
The German capital has increasingly positioned itself as a location for events in science and medicine: 12 percent of the meetings and conventions can be assigned to the industry "Medicine, Science and Research”.
“Berlin can look back at a 300-year tradition in medical research. Today, the city is Germany’s largest location for science and research. This innovative environmentpositions Berlin as a popular destination for high-profile science events”, says Heike Mahmoud.
Among the congress highlights in the medical field this year will be the International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders from 19 to 26 June with more than 4,000 participants as well as Eurospine 2016, the annual general meeting of the Spine Society of Europe, bringing more than 2,500 experts to Berlin in early October. Also in October, 1,200 experts from about 80 nations, including Nobel Prize winners, international health ministers, and CEOs meet to discuss global health care in the 21stcentury at the World Health Summit.
Meet Berlin at IMEX Frankfurt
At the Germany stand at IMEX Frankfurt from 19 to 21 April, visitors can get a first impression of what makes Berlin such a unique place for meetings, congresses and incentives.
The revised digital compass for event planners will be launched in time for IMEX: the Meeting Guide Berlin will have a new streamlined design to help customers sort through the wide range of venues, hotels, and service providers. Whether planning a meeting, a conference, or a major convention, in just a few clicks users will find the right partner for every event. MeetingGuide.visitBerlin.com
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Establishedin 2001, the visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office (BCO) offers competent support at the organisation of conventions, meetings and incentives. Customers benefit from the experienced team, a broad network of contacts and the free-of-charge agency and reservation services for hotel allotments. The BCO website provides thorough information about Berlin as a meeting and convention destination. convention.visitBerlin.com
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