Hamburg scores high in quality of life, skilled professionals and dynamic growth
With more than 60,000 events and more than two million participants annually, Hamburg confirms its relevance as a convention and congress location in Germany’s north. The Lions Clubs International Convention in the summer of 2013 was the biggest congress in the history of the city, with approximately 23,000 guests from around the world. The city on the River Elbe is now preparing for its next large-scale international event, as it will play host to the 2019 Rotary Convention.
An ever-increasing number of visitors, a dynamically growing tourism market and continued interest among investors clearly illustrate the attractiveness of this destination. Hamburg is one of the most popular destinations among German residents and scores high in international comparison thanks to the city’s high quality of life, its large potential for highly skilled workers and an excellent infrastructure suited to hosting congresses and meetings.
In addition to traditional business travellers, trade visitors and private travellers, about one-fifth of overnight stays in Hamburg are attributable to meetings, incentives, conventions and events in Hamburg. This corresponds to about 2.5 million overnight stays annually – and numbers are rising.
The new CCH – the world’s stage
The CCH – Congress Center Hamburg contributes to Hamburg’s role as a gateway for leading national and international conferences and events. Many world congresses and major innovative events from various industries have been at home in the heart of Hamburg for decades. With its multifunctional halls the CCH serves as a venue for all kinds of events – ranging from highly academic medical congresses and association meetings from various industry sectors, general meetings of DAX companies and corporate presentations to spectacular cultural and social events.
The central location of the CCH is unique as the exhibition grounds and the city centre are within a few minutes’ walking distance, and the Dammtor train station is but a few steps away. All those arriving by ICE long-distance trains literally arrive at the CCH’s front door. And even the airport is just ten kilometres away and is easily accessible by S-Bahn.
More than 8,000 hotel rooms across all categories are located in close proximity to the CCH. The CCH is surrounded by the lush greenery of Planten un Blomen, one of the city’s most beautiful parks and recreational areas. Its special attractions include the largest Japanese garden in Europe, a skating rink and, during the summer months, water light concerts.
From 2017 to 2019, the CCH and its foregrounds will be completely redesigned and modernised. The concept provides for e.g. an entrance hall the height of the building, 50 conference rooms comprising a total of 36,000 square metres, barrier-free access to the Dammtor railway station and an extension of the adjacent park area. Further information on the new CCH can be found here.
Sustainable opportunities for green meetings
As a green metropolis, Hamburg provides the perfect setting for planning events in an eco-friendly way. More and more hotels and service providers are embracing this approach and train their staff in the area of sustainability or acquire certification according to the international Green Globe environmental standard.
In Hamburg’s restaurant and catering industry, regional specialties are experiencing a true renaissance. Short distances between conference hotels, venues, points of interest and cultural hotspots and the city’s excellent public infrastructure have a positive impact on the city’s ecological balance sheet as CO2-intensive transfers are avoided. With the HVV-KombiTicket for conferences, meetings and seminars, participants can travel across Hamburg’s entire local public transport network at reasonable rates and in a climate-friendly way. Participants arriving in and departing from Hamburg as a group can make use of Deutsche Bahn’s Veranstaltungsticket.
A waterside metropolis with many facets and exceptional event locations
Whether you are planning a conference or a creative meeting, a client event or staff training – the Hamburg Metropolitan Region provides exceptional rooms for both large events and small meetings. The spectrum ranges from modern hotels with flexible meeting venues in a central location, and industrial lofts and historic warehouses to elegant mansions or conference hotels with adjoining golf resorts. What is more, Hamburg provides a dense network of professional services – from catering and event agencies to experts in state-of-the-art event technology.
Hamburg’s most beautiful spots are on the water, and you can choose from a broad range of opportunities for active, one-of-a-kind teambuilding events. Be inspired and explore new ideas for your event planning.