"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%).