G20 summit to boost Hamburg’s profile as a meetings location

On 7 & 8 July, the Heads of State and Government of the world’s leading 20 industrialised and emerging economies are meeting in Hamburg, Germany. The G20 summit, a large-scale event attracting more than 10,000 delegates and journalists, is set to boost Hamburg’s global profile as an international events destination.

Michael Otremba, managing director of the Hamburg Convention Bureau, explains: “Events such as the G20 summit provide Hamburg with opportunities to demonstrate its capacity as a professional, well-versed host of high-level meetings and conferences. What’s more, such events add strong impetus to the development of economic power and the quality of life across the entire region.”

The locations for the G20 Event are the recently-opened concert hall “Elbphilharmonie Hamburg” and Hamburg Messe in the centre of the city. With more than 40 trade fairs and events, up to 15,000 exhibitors and approximately 700,000+ visitors per year, the Messe complex is a major meeting place for people from around the world.

In addition to the more short-term, financial value generated by the G20 summit, the city will also benefit from long-term gain as it is now paving the way for subsequent meetings and generating increased awareness within the meetings industry. 

The 2019 Rotary International Convention – the international annual meeting of the Rotary International Service Club – will be one of the upcoming highlights in Hamburg’s event agenda. About 25,000 participants are expected to attend the event.

As a successful host to high-profile business events, Hamburg has repeatedly demonstrated its capacity to handle such event formats professionally and reliably, while also meeting the highest security standards. Hamburg’s track record of successful large conferences and the city’s network of experienced, highly collaborative service providers are making an impact across the MICE industry.