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Hamburg Convention Bureau with a brand new design concept at IMEX Frankfurt

May 11, 2017

A fresh breeze from the north: Hamburg Convention Bureau with a brand new design concept at IMEX Frankfurt

Hamburg, 11 May 2017The Hamburg Metropolitan Region will be creating a fresh breeze at this year’s IMEX in Frankfurt, one of the conference and convention industry’s major trade fairs. At IMEX, the Hamburg Convention Bureau (HCB) will be presenting the Hamburg Metropolitan Region with a brand new appearance and an innovative stand design. Hamburg’s broad portfolio will be showcased by the HCB’s 16 stand partners who reflect Hamburg’s strong performance as a prime destination for meetings and events.

The new stand design draws on the core concept of the wave. On a floor space of 104 m², the friendly, inviting and maritime-looking Hamburg stand exudes Northern German flair and provides the sub-exhibitors from the Hamburg Metropolitan Region as well as trade fair visitors with an authentic home.

Airy and open, the new stand design creates the ideal setting for communicating and networking. Large-scale pictures, balustrades planted with dune grass and the traditional “Heisse Ecke” booth with its original Hamburg-style Currywurst further add to the communicative atmosphere. What is more, the integration of 360° footage and virtual reality glasses allows visitors to immerse themselves in the Hamburg way of life and gain insights into the city’s contrasting faces, creating a one-of-a-kind Hamburg experience. The CCH – Congress Center Hamburg will also be onsite with virtual reality glasses. Paying tribute to digitilisation, sustainability and customer service, printed material will not be provided at the Hamburg stand. Instead, visitors will be able to select the desired information from the Hamburg partners via a digital messaging kiosk and have it sent to their own e-mail address.

Michael Otremba, managing director of the Hamburg Convention Bureau, explains the Hamburg Metropolitan Region’s new stand design: “With our new design concept we have made a number of changes to ensure a coherent picture of Hamburg, while at the same time providing an excellent business environment. Together with our partners we would like to create an atmosphere for dialogue that makes visitors feel just as comfortable as if they were directly in Hamburg. As well as offering a broad range of meeting facilities, Hamburg’s destination marketing is mainly aimed at highlighting the city’s strongest assets: its overall attractiveness, its cultural diversity, and, above all, its contrasting faces.

To raise Hamburg’s profile among international congress organisers, the Hamburg Convention Bureau has extended its corporate partnership agreement with the International Association of Professional Congress Organizers (IAPCO) by a further 18 months. With this partnership, the HCB aims to promote Hamburg as a congress destination among IAPCO members, i.e. 117 professional conference organisers – and to present Hamburg as a quality location for conventions and events. About 50 percent of IAPCO members operate globally, which will sustainably advance Hamburg’s popularity as an international destination and contribute to potential value creation for Hamburg as a location.

Discover the Hamburg Metropolitan Region:
from 16 to 18 May 2017 at IMEX Frankfurt,
German Stand, booth G100

Our partners at the Hamburg Metropolitan Region stand:
AMERON Hotel Speicherstadt, Atlantic Hotel Kempinski, CCH – Congress Center Hamburg, east Hotel & Restaurant, Empire Riverside Hotel, The Fontenay Hotel Hamburg, Gastwerk Hotel Hamburg, Grand Elysée Hamburg, Hapag Lloyd Kreuzfahrten GmbH, T&M Limousinen Service, lübeckongress, Marriott Hotel Hamburg, NORD EVENT, Radisson BLU Dammtor, Scandic Hamburg Emporio, TUI Cruises

The Hamburg Convention Bureau (HCB)
As a direct subsidiary of Hamburg Marketing GmbH, the HCB combines locational expertise with a broad spectrum of industry-specific knowledge, ranging from B2B meetings, conferences and conventions to large-scale public events. HCB is in charge of marketing Hamburg globally as a congress and conventions location and strengthening Hamburg’s profile internationally via highly visible public events.


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APCO AM&GA attendance at an all time high in Dubai

March 21, 2017

Professional Congress Organisers from across the globe came together in Dubai for the 2017 IAPCO Annual Meeting and General Assembly.

Hosted by Dubai-based IAPCO member company Meeting Minds Experts, and supported by Dubai Business Events (DBE), this landmark event celebrated the highest recorded attendance for an IAPCO Annual Meeting taking place outside of Europe, with 115 delegates from over 30 countries participating. The meeting took place from February 16-19, at Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights.

Dubai is the first city in the GCC region to host the IAPCO meeting and General Assembly, now in its 48th year. The successful event was themed around ‘Leading the Future, Creating Opportunities’, and over the course of three days, industry leading lights took to the stage to discuss both the opportunities and the challenges facing the modern conference and convention industry.

Issam Kazim, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM), said: “We are extremely honoured for the opportunity to host an event of such a calibre and welcome members of IAPCO to the city we fondly call home. This further strengthens Dubai’s profile as a premier international business event destination and highlights the emirate’s diversified offering-comprising global connectivity, state-of-the-art facilities, first-class infrastructure, and great hospitality-to key stakeholders who shape the business events industry.  As our reputation of being a dynamic host city for business events grows, we anticipate further growth in the number of visitors to the emirate in line with Dubai’s Tourism Vision for 2020 and the UAE Vision 2021.”

The IAPCO 2017 programme was packed with inspiring and informative keynotes, lively debate sessions, a destination teamwork challenge and the Driving Excellence Awards Ceremony celebrating the achievements of IAPCO members.  Of course, there were plenty of opportunities for networking, as well as treating guests to Arabia’s famous hospitality with a desert Bedouin experience and other social occasions with a local flavour.

Commenting on the meeting, Jan Tonkin, said: “This year’s annual meeting and general assembly offered a unique platform to discuss the all-important quality standards we strive to achieve globally, and to network with other like-minded partners in an environment that is more than collegial. Attendees were made privy to best practice in addition to witnessing outstanding presentations from experts who stimulated each to think differently.



Continual Growth for IAPCO members and the meetings they organise

June 24, 2015

Continual Growth for IAPCO members and the meetings they organise – key facts

Association Meetings continue to increase in numbers, throughout the economic difficulties, from 2153 meetings in 2010 to its current level of 3111.

Governmental Meetings have also risen consistently from 498 to 656 in the same period, although still not quite reaching the peak of 707 achieved in 2011.

The Number of Corporate Meetings are slowly returning to the peak of 2010 [3454 meetings] as opposed to 3308 in 2014.

Participants Managed follow the Association Meetings trend (having the larger share of the participant numbers) and have risen steadily from 2,245,994 in 2010 to its current level of 2,861,416 – a rise of 27.5% over five years v. a membership increase of 12% over the same period.

Exhibitions on the other hand rise and fall in alternate years, with 2014 showing a drop of 9% in the number of square meters managed.

Room nights however buck the “book on-line” trend with a rise in the number of nights managed of a staggering 45% over the previous year. It would appear that the participant is reverting to seeking a service level that was previously offered when managed by PCOs.

Full-time employees, having fallen sharply over the previous two years, have now turned the corner and are starting to rise again, albeit the levels are not as high as in 2011.

And what does this all add up to: an economic impact to the local economy of meetings organised by IAPCO of 4.63 billion euros!

Full survey details can be found on the IAPCO website:

IAPCO Annual Meeting in 2017

March 3, 2015

World’s most influential meeting planners to convene in Dubai for IAPCO Annual Meeting in 2017

Dubai, United Arab Emirates:
Dubai has won a bid to host the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) Annual Meeting & General Assembly in 2017. The annual event brings together approximately 100 of the world’s most influential conference organisers from 40 countries, who collectively manage approximately 7,000 meetings per year with a combined annual economic impact of over $5 billion US dollars.

Dubai’s hosting of the key meetings industry event was announced at the recently concluded IAPCO Annual Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal. The winning bid was spearheaded by Dubai Business Events (DBE), a division of Dubai Tourism which serves as the city’s official convention bureau, in close partnership with local IAPCO members Meeting Minds and MCI Dubai. Key tourism industry stakeholders Emirates and Madinat Jumeirah also played a key role in securing the AGM.

Commenting on the win, Steen Jakobsen, Director of Dubai Business Events, said:
“Part of our strategy to increase the number of visitors and business events hosted in Dubai every year centres on engaging with meeting planners and industry bodies from around the world to raise awareness about Dubai as a leading destination for international business events. By hosting the members of IAPCO, we are excited to be able to show what the city has to offer to a group of people who are highly influential in determining where major international meetings and association congresses take place every year.”

IAPCO, the leading authority on professional congress organisation worldwide, is the universally accepted benchmark for quality and excellence within the international meetings industry. By welcoming IAPCO members to Dubai in 2017, local tourism industry stakeholders will also have the opportunity to build relationships with key meetings decision-makers, and showcase their products and services first hand.

Commenting on Dubai’s bid, Michel Neijmann, current President of IAPCO, said:
“The quality of Dubai’s bid was outstanding and truly reflected the local co-operation of all stakeholders. The bid showed a great understanding and support of IAPCO’s quest for quality in the meetings industry, and there is no doubt that the spirit of Dubai will inspire the members of IAPCO to keep learning and developing their businesses.”

Medhat Nassar, CEO Meeting Minds Experts, the Dubai headquartered IAPCO member company, added: “IAPCO offers a unique quality assurance platform recognised by association, corporate and government clients, through applying a strict Quality Control process for its members. Winning the bid to host IAPCO 2017 is an excellent recognition of the Dubai meetings industry and a vote of confidence by highly influential Professional Conference Organizers in 40 countries.”

“We are truly delighted by the outstanding support extend by our bidding partners Dubai Business Events, MCI Dubai, Emirates and Madinat Jumeirah, which has been instrumental in putting forward this successful bid,” he added.


October 16, 2012

The IAPCO Council were treated to a 7-star hosting of their recent council meeting in Hong Kong. Not only were informative and memorable visits paid to the two main venues AsiaWorld-Expo and the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, but the Hosts, Meetings & Exhibitions Hong Kong, were at pains to show just why the city is so important in today’s meetings industry.

Andrew Davis, Associate Director-General of Invest Hong Kong, explained the advantages of how Hong Kong can help business tourism succeed in Asia, at a presentation to the IAPCO Council.

Mr Davis praised this robust economy, where the GDP grew by 5% in 2011 and is expected to grow by a further 1-3% in 2012, placing Hong Kong in an enviable position in today’s economic climate. And of course it is the Gateway to China, and an Asian crossroads. Hong Kong has a low and simple tax system, (no VAT!), on top of which there is the HK$150 million Mega Events Fund, to encourage more arts, cultural and sports events.

And with its strategic location, as well as being the third busiest international passenger airport in the world with connections to around 160 destinations and over 900 daily flights, together with a world class infrastructure, Hong Kong is set to remain “Asia’s Best City for Business Events”.

Meeting at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, the 12-strong board of IAPCO completed their busy schedule with Task Force meetings on Education and Strategy, reviews of the membership by the Quality Committee, followed by a 2-day council review of all IAPCO activities.

“We accepted an invitation from Hong Kong to host our council meetings, the first time that we have done so, and were excited by the programme the MEHK created for us” commented Gonzalo Perez Constanzó. “We think it is a two-way street from which we all benefit, as it gives us the opportunity to be in contact with convention bureaux, conference centres and other players in the meetings industry who might not be that well-known by us. With fifteen of IAPCO members in the Asia Pacific region it is also a learning experience for all of us. It is something we definitely want to repeat in the near future and already we have received invitations for next year. We were delighted with the success of the visit”.

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