Berlin welcomes record 11m convention participants in 2014

Berlin 'can hardly keep up' after 11m participants attended 131,000 events in 2014, according to the visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office.

Berlin welcomed a record 11m convention participants in 2014
Berlin welcomed a record 11m convention participants in 2014

This was a three per cent rise in participants from 2013, and four per cent rise in events held. There was an average of 360 events held and 30,000 participants attending each day of the year.

The meetings and conference industry also brought a record 7m overnight stays to the city, with approximately a quarter of all hotel stays in Berlin in 2014 stemming from convention business.

Berlin's governing mayor, Michael Müller, said: "2014 was the best year yet for tourism and conventions in Berlin. The capital is one of the fastest growing destinations in the world and it has established itself as one of the top three most popular cities to visit in Europe. It’s also playing in the major leagues of the convention industry.

"It is particularly pleasing to note the growth in events in Berlin with fewer than 2,000 participants. One of the challenges will be more major events with over 3,000 participants. The world wants to hold their meetings here so much that we can hardly keep up with the capacities. Berlin is in a luxurious position in this situation."

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