For the first time, Berlin has claimed the top spot in the current ranking of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). International organisations from around the world are increasingly choosing to meet in the German capital. They appreciate the modern hotel landscape, the numerous special venues, and also the city’s unique role as a magnet for science, culture, and innovation.
The new Meeting Guide Berlin provides all event planners with an indispensable tool. Accessible at www.meetingguide.berlin/en, the online tool with around 300 entries makes it possible to find the right hotel, venue, incentive, and service partner – such as PCOs, DMCs, catering and technology companies, suppliers, or mobility partners – for your event in the city of Berlin. The Meeting Guide Berlin includes newly opened hotels like the Riu Plaza near the famous Kurfürstendamm, the 4-star Hotel Titanic Chaussee Berlin as well as modern conference centres like the CityCube Berlin and Estrel Berlin, Germany’s biggest hotel.
The visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office is your first contact in the city. Established in 2001, the BCO offers comprehensive support for the organization of conventions, meetings, corporate events, and incentives in Berlin. Benefit from an experienced team, free-of-charge agency and reservation services for hotel allocations as well as a vast network of national and international contacts.
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Exciting news from Berlin!
There are now new major convention capacities for Estrel Berlin, Germany’s largest hotel, who opened its new Convention Hall early last month.
The Convention Hall II will now offer 10,000 m² of meeting space for conferences and congresses for up to 5,200 participants.
Together with its existing meeting space, the Estrel Berlin will offer more than 25,000 m² for conventions for up to11,200 participants.
Today, the hotel with the striking glass façade has 1,125 rooms ready for the night. Until 2017, Estrel Berlin will be adding 814 more rooms as construction of the 46-storey Estrel Tower is completed.
The tower will stand 716 m tall, about two and a half times higher than the current Estrel Hotel, and will thus become the tallest high-rise hotel in Germany!
Congratulations to Heike Mahmoud, CMP, of Visit Berlin, for being named as one of the Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry List by Meetings & Conventions Magazine!
In the July issue, M&C Magazine published a curated list of 25 high achieving women in the meetings industry who have helped shape and strengthen our business.
Since joining Visit Berlin in 2001, Heike Mahmoud has helped Berlin double its meeting business, and the German capital currently ranks fourth in the ICCA city rankings.
Mahmoud is also involved with the meetings industry on a broader scale, serving in several positions for European Cities Marketing and the BestCities Global Alliance.
As usual, mid-May finds your ConventionPlanit.com intrepid blogger arriving in Frankfurt, Germany for the IMEX 2015 show aka the “Olympic Games of the Meeting, Incentive, Convention and Exhibition Industry.”
The CP.com group of Hosted Buyers were geared up to take on a show floor comprised of 3,500 exhibiting companies representing over 150 countries. To say that the week was positioned for everyone to seize vast opportunities to learn, to meet and to do business is quite the understatement!
The Media Conferences held during IMEX week are a good way to keep up with the new developments being launched by our CP.com supplier partners. Here are a few:
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre has initiated a Professional Development Grant aimed at growing the next generation of local meetings industry leaders in Malaysia. The KLCC is also celebrating 10 enriching years of “Focusing on Perfection, Always!”
ACC Liverpool unveiled their Plus Liverpool initiative which provides support for clients looking to bring their global events to the city and ACC Liverpool. By packaging this partnership approach to working with organizers, they ensure that all events are as seamless as possible.
Heike Mahmood, Director of Conventions for the Berlin Convention Bureau chats with a new client.
Visit Berlin announces their city as now the 4th most popular convention destination in the world!
This week I have been traveling all around Las Vegas for the second ever IMEX America show. I have lots of information to share with you but I could not wait to share these impressive announcements!
Several ConventionPlanit.com supplier members had special news items released at the show.
The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre has launched a new website…leveraging the best of design technology to produce a content-rich site that is also visually stimulating. The site operates as a sales and information tool to serve a global clientel. And you can access it quickly through ConventionPlanit.com!
The Kuala Lumpur booth at IMEX. They were so busy with clients that I didn’t get to talk to them until the last few hours of the last day!
On another continent, the Berlin Convention Office has been in the business of offering competent support in the organization of conventions, meetings and incentives for more than 10 years. On a worldwide level, Berlin is amongst the four major locations for association meetings. The German capital continues to gain attention as a location for large-scale events.
ACC Liverpool had a special guest visiting with planners…John Lennon on the occasion of what would have been his 72nd birthday. He played some of the Beatle’s hits and had the aisles rocking.
They also announced that they are set to launch an online bidding tool. The goal is to streamline the process of securing international conferences for Liverpool. They were hoping that the announcement at IMEX America will continue to attract interest in the city as well as venues such as ACC Liverpool…home to the BT Convention Center which features more than 76,400 square feet of exhibition space and the 11,000-capacity Echo Arena.
And, much closer to home, the Memphis CVB booth introduces planners to a city that has been at the heart of turning points in U.S. history and culture. Planners who are music aficionados will also want to learn about the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul museum which showcases the history of musical pioneers who overcame racial and socio-economic barriers to create uniquely American sounds.
The Berlin Convention Office is the newest recipient of the Pinnacle Award for Convention Bureaus – congrats!
The award is based on a number of categories, including quality of information and diversity of services…
…if you’re planning an international meeting, the Berlin Convention Office will provide you the best information and the most expansive services.
Check out the Berlin Convention Office’s listing on ConventionPlanit.com to find out more about their services.