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German Convention Bureau e.V. (GCB)

German Convention Bureau (GCB)
The role of the GCB German Convention Bureau e.V. is to secure and further develop Germany's position as a leading and sustainable location for meetings and events. The organisation is perfectly placed to help anyone organising an event in Germany: the GCB represents German event organisers and markets Germany nationally and internationally as a location for meetings, incentives, congresses and events.

General Information
The GCB offers event planners a network of expert service suppliers across the whole of Germany as well as providing them with independent advice for the choice of an event location. Approximately 170 members represent over 430 enterprises. This includes top hotels, conference centres, regional marketing organisations, event agencies as well as service suppliers operating in the German meetings and conferences sector. The strategic partners are Germany´s national railway company (Deutsche Bahn AG), the German airline Lufthansa AG and the German National Tourism Board (GNTB).

With educational trips and site visits, the GCB gives national and international event planners the opportunity to look at services in the German meetings and conferences sector. This includes customer events in important source markets as well as a presence at IMEX in Frankfurt and other important trade fairs.

Our services

  • Independent advice on the choice of location for an event.
  • Provision of information on scientific and economic sectors in Germany, giving a specific reference to the individual sector for the choice of location.
  • Free referrals to expert service providers relevant to the event profile.
  • Online provider search to look for a suitable event location.
  • Organising educational trips and site visits.
  • Information on green meetings.
  • Further details on this services see



The GCB reports on the latest news of the German meetings industry using social media channels such as twitter and facebook. The GCB website features a newsroom with the latest press releases and the GCB blog. The monthly newsletter with a selection of the most interesting press releases can be ordered.

Newspaper “Meetings made in Germany”
Both modern and compact, the "Meetings made in Germany" magazine is published three times a year and presents new developments at the GCB and in the German meetings and conference sector.

The GCB also reports on new developments in the German meetings sector via online channels such as their news blog, various Twitter channels, Facebook and a monthly e- newsletter.
Register here and keep up-to-date:

Fairs and conferences

IMEX – incorporating Meetings made in Germany, the worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events 19-21 April 2016 in Frankfurt
IMEX is the world's leading trade fair for the conference, meeting, events and incentive sector. The GCB is a strategic partner of IMEX. It organises and co-ordinates the German-language seminar programme and the Germany stand with over 200 exhibitors. Further information is available at:


Germany as a country for conventions – number one in Europe
In a European country comparison, Germany tops the list: for the eleventh year in a row Germany ranks number one in Europe and second worldwide as a destination for meetings and conventions.

Good reasons for holding events in Germany
There are a number of reasons behind Germany's leading position on the international stage for meetings and conventions. In addition to the outstanding price/performance ratio and an exemplary infrastructure - approximately 40 airports, 12,850 kilometres of motorway and a rail network amounting to nearly 33,500 kilometres - Germany has comprehensive know-how in many areas of science and the economy as well as a position at the forefront in terms of sustainability.

Social Commitment / Green Travel

Green Meetings
Sustainability is a key issue in the meetings and events industry. The GCB works to reduce the use of resources and CO2 emissions in its activities and is environmentally driven, both within the organisation as well as in the German events sector. The GCB functions as a catalyst for the establishment of sustainable meetings as a standard practice. More than 43% of German meetings and events industry suppliers have already implemented a sustainability management system in their organisations.
Further information on sustainable suppliers and acticities in Germany see:


GCB Uses Key Industries to Market Germany as an Events Destination
As a point of contact for events planners the German Convention Bureau (GCB) is aware that a decision on the location for a meeting does not depend only on criteria such as accessibility, capacities, equipment and service, but also increasingly on whether the location is surrounded by relevant establishments – companies, associations, universities and research institutions. The advantages of such a network are obvious: it creates organisational synergies, gives participants at conventions valuable contacts and facilitates relevant programmes such as guided factory tours or visits to laboratories.

There are six areas of expertise in particular in which Germany's locations set the trend across the world and provide ideal contexts for meetings:

  • Medicine and healthcare
  • Chemicals and pharmaceuticals
  • Transport, logistics and traffic
  • Financial services
  • Energy and the environment
  • Technology and innovation

Event planners can find suitable locations for meetings and conventions:


German Convention Bureau (GCB)

Kaiserstraße 53
60329 Frankfurt

Phone: +49 69 2429300
Fax: +49 69 24293026


GCB New York City

122 East 42nd Street, Suite 2000
New York, NY 10168-0072

Phone.: 212-661 4582212-661 4582
Fax: 212-661 6192