Berlin tops 5 million visitors

Berlin hosted 57,800 events in the first six months of 2012, which attracted 4.6 million visitors.

Berlin’s convention hotels hosted 50,300 events in the first half of 2012
Berlin’s convention hotels hosted 50,300 events in the first half of 2012
The city has attracted 300,000 more participants in meetings and conventions than it had at this point last year – a rise of seven per cent. These visitors spent 3.1 million nights in Berlin (+3%).

"The stepping up of our convention acquisition efforts is paying off. Berlin is number four on the international level amongst the cities with the highest number of association congresses, and for medical congresses Berlin is even number one," says visitBerlin CEO Burkhard Kieker.

A central role is played by Berlin’s convention hotels: at the 50,300 events (+ 8%) staged there, 2.8 million participants (+ 3%) were recorded. The highest growth rate was accounted for by special locations, such as bcc, Tempodrom or Kalkscheune – 200,000 or 20 per cent more participants than last year were counted there.

Medical conventions and meetings (18%) top the list, followed by political events (16%) and events in the fields of 'banks, commerce and insurance' (14%).

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