The ITS World Congress a success on all levels!

© ITS Hamburg 2021 GmbH / ERTICO
A record number of participants, hands-on projects and an exciting and forward-looking topic – the ITS World Congress was in Hamburg!
The ITS World Congress is the world’s largest and most important event dealing with intelligent mobility and the digitalisation of transport. And in Hamburg, this congress broke all records: Over 13,000 guests, around 4,000 visitors on Public Day, 400 exhibitors from all continents on almost 40,000 m² of exhibition space. With this congress, Hamburg ranks right at the top, because the ITS World Congress has never seen so many participants as in Hamburg in its 35-year history. As Hamburgers, this naturally makes us a little proud. Not only because of the excellent figures – but even more because our city is able to host such a congress after the severe pandemic phase!
Jacob Bangsgaard, CEO – ERTICO – ITS Europe, is pleased after the ITS: “It was an incredible week to meet again. And I really have to thank many people who made this event possible. All exhibitors, all sponsors, all participants in this event, everyone who believed in us and came to Hamburg!”
Of course, one of the reasons for the good figures is the exciting topic. One that is currently occupying many metropolises worldwide: Traffic and mobility. Dr Peter Tschentscher, First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, says: “The high number of visitors confirms the interest in the topics of the ITS World Congress. It has shown how mobility can become more efficient, more comfortable and more climate-friendly in the future. We aim to continue many of the projects started by Hamburg beyond the duration of the congress and, for example, to use the digitalisation of the S-Bahn permanently to improve public transport in Hamburg.”

Good words that promise to have positive repercussions. Because that is one of the other exciting points of the ITS World Congress: the congress leaves, but the projects, the knowledge and the ambitions remain in the city – and not least have a long-term effect on the quality of life and stay in Hamburg. Dr. Anjes Tjarks, Senator for Transport and Mobility Change, also emphasises this: “An ITS Congress that breaks all records in the middle of the pandemic and causes a sensation internationally – no one could have expected this and it is a great testimony to the many people who have worked on the congress over the years. Hamburg is now a fixed point on the map for digital and sustainable mobility. But it is also important to me that many of the things we can marvel at here at the ITS Congress will sustainably improve mobility and people’s lives for many years to come – be it the digital S-Bahn, autonomous shuttles or intelligent transport systems. That is why it was particularly important for us to offer a Public Day within the ITS Congress for the public. I think it’s great that the people of Hamburg accepted it so well and that a total of around 4,000 people from Hamburg and the surrounding area took advantage of this opportunity.”

By hosting the ITS World Congress, the Hanseatic City of Hamburg has once again shown what is possible in the MICE business in Hamburg. Large congress events can also be held again under the right, strong and secure framework conditions – in Hamburg. Harry Evers, Managing Director of ITS Hamburg 2021 GmbH, has the concluding words: “The interest has been enormous, both on the professional side and among the general public. The decision to offer an ITS World Congress for people to experience and touch was the right one, and above all to involve the younger generation in the development of ideas and communication. I would like to thank my team and everyone who was involved for the fact that all this worked so well under the most difficult conditions of a pandemic.

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