Germany is the number one conference and congress destination in Europe and comes second worldwide behind the USA. To secure this position and improve on it, is among the GCB’s core tasks. Conferences, congresses and events are platforms for exchanging experiences and ideas. They promote innovation and know-how transfer and contribute to international understanding which is a key concern for the GCB. It is our aim to further the exchange of experiences and ideas as well as promote conferences and congresses with the forum that we provide for the industry.
GCB German Convention Bureau
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. The strategic partners are Germany's national railway company Deutsche Bahn AG, the national largest airline Deutsche Lufthansa AG and the German National Tourism Board (GNTB).
Apart from providing all the basic facts and contacts needed for planning events, such as information about infrastructure, congress centres, hotels, agencies and other service providers across Germany, the GCB is also very happy to provide advice on a variety of relevant industry topics and strive to support your projects as comprehensively as possible. More information can be find here.
Tying in your meetings and conferences with the business know-how and scientific expertise that exists in the chosen location enables organisers to create synergies with local partners. Your delegates will get valuable insights and added benefits from your event if you, for example, provide opportunities to network with local experts or organise site visits.
If you are looking for a destination that fits in with what your conference is about, we can provide you with comprehensive information about regional industry clusters. With our network of members and partners we can put you in touch with companies, institutions and research facilities and make sure that you find the right meeting environment for your sector and aims.
The GCB is committed to sustainability: It is our aim to change attitudes in the meetings industry and continue our work in this field. We are therefore not only a professional and experienced partner for all questions regarding sustainability but have also been organising training seminars since 2012 that qualify participants as sustainability advisors for the meetings industry.
Meetings and conventions of the future
How do major trends such as globalisation and technology influence the meetings industry? What are the challenges that need to be met? Which meeting formats are future-proof and what kind of new challenges do they create? These are some of the questions that the GCB explores and together with research partners, it is our aim to systematically anticipate relevant developments within the meetings sector in order to establish future challenges for organisational, technological and regional infrastructures. To that end, we have set up the “Future Meeting Space“ innovation network to design the meeting space of the future. Find out more about "Future Meeing Space".
Use our know-how and network – we’d love to support you!
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 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 16-18 May 2017 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: www.imex-frankfurt.com
Germany as a country for conventions – number one in Europe
In a European country comparison, Germany tops the list: for the twelth 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.
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.
Here you can find further information on sustainable suppliers and activities in Germany.
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:
Event planners can find suitable locations for meetings and conventions: www.germany-meetings.com
GCB German Convention Bureau
Phone: +49 69 2429300
Fax: +49 69 24293026
GCB New York City
122 East 42nd Street, Suite 2000
New York, NY 10168-0072
Phone: +1 212 661 4582
Fax: +1 212 661 6192
GCB German Convention Bureau
c/o German National Tourist Board
Landmark Tower 2, Unit 1417
8 North Dongsanhuan Road
Chaoyang District, Beijing 100004
Phone: +86 10 6590 6445