GCB Newsletter 03 | 2020 
Keep up-to-date in times of crisis
Everyone in our team is currently working from home. Now it is about sticking together, supporting each other and developing new ideas. There will be a time after the crisis, when we will bring people together again with events and make a positive impact for society. Please stay safe and stay home. Take care everyone!
In this newsletter you will find news on the following topics:
•  New Infomation Platform www.eventcrisis.org (so far in German Only)
•  BOCOM is Postponed to September
•  The GCB Brought 14 Suppliers to Successful Meetings University in February
•  Virtual Reality is Transforming the Event Planning Industry
•  GCB FutureTalks #1 with René Proske
•  Future Meeting Space on Tour: Learning Through Knowledge Exchange in Barcelona
•  Lufthansa Group Achieves Top Position Among Airlines in CDP Climate Protection Ranking
Enjoy the read!
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New Infomation Platform www.eventcrisis.org (so far in German Only)
GCB & tw tagungswirtschaft are jointly launching the information platform www.eventcrisis.org. Aimed at business event professionals, it provides informative multimedia content for events during a crisis. Current news available in Englisch:
•  The GCB and the "Strategic Alliance of National Convention Bureaux of Europe" conduct a study with Oxford Economics on various coronavirus scenarios for Europe as a meeting destination. Results in April.
•  The European Commission has launched the "Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative"
•  PCMA offers a training to become a "Digital Event Strategist" (DES). The DES certification is designed to help you effectively plan, produce and measure the results of your live stream and digital engagement events.
•  MPI Webinar: How To Convert Your In-Person Event Into A Virtual Event on April 01, 2020
•  Virtual Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID), a full-day online summit on April 14, 2020
BOCOM is moved to 3 September 2020
On 23 April 2020, "BOCOM - Experience Borderless Communication" was to be held as an innovative test lab and spatially distributed congress. However, due to the dynamic spread of the coronavirus, we have now decided to postpone the event in close cooperation with our partners. The project is funded by the DBU and scientifically supported by the Fraunhofer IAO. The main objective of this research is to investigate a hybrid event, i.e. to compare aspects of an online event with live aspects and to derive recommendations. All this research would not be feasible with a pure online event and therefore we decided against this option. We are already looking forward to getting BOCOM rolling at its new date on September 3rd! We are convinced: Together we will overcome this crisis and rock the future of events with many fresh ideas.
 » Stay tuned: www.bocom.online.
The GCB Brought 14 Suppliers to Successful Meetings University in February
Last month, the German Convention Bureau collaborated with 14 German Suppliers to promote Europe’s leading MICE destination at this year’s Successful Meetings University New York City. We connected with pre-selected planners through one-on-one appointments, as well as during fabulous network opportunities. We would like to thank Maritim Hotels, Lufthansa, Frankfurt Convention Bureau, Munich Convention Bureau, Cornerstone Meetings, VisitBerlin, Time Change, Intercontinental Hotel Berlin, NuernbergConvention, Infinity Hotels Munich, Vienna House Andel's Berlin, DS Eventlobby, Munich Hotel Partners, and Grand Hyatt Berlin for joining us!
Meetings Hands On
Virtual Reality is Transforming the Event Planning Industry
Sandy Hammer, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of AllSeated, recently talked with Stephanie Senger, Manager Communications at the GCB, about the potential of virtual reality in the event industry.
Read more about how this technology is making an impact on the event industry and can help save time.
 » Watch the interview here.
GCB FutureTalks #1 with René Proske
Successfully overcoming crises such as the spread of the coronavirus requires new ideas and agility. In the coming weeks and months, Matthias Schultze, GCB’s Managing Director, will be talking to some of the leading heads of the event world about their future concepts and will present their ideas here: GCB FutureTalks. The kick-off is made by René Proske, Managing Director of the event agency of the same name. He is convinced that the industry can make it.
 » Read the first interview of GCB FutureTalks.
Future Meeting Space Hits the Road: Learning Through Knowledge Exchange in Barcelona
Now in its third research phase, the “Future Meeting Space” (FMS) innovation network is currently exploring the value of meetings and events in a time when technology is enabling new ways of interacting. Learn more about learning journey to Barcelona of the FMS team end of 2019.
 » Read more.
Next Stop Germany
Lufthansa Group achieves A Top Position Among Airlines in CDP Climate Protection Ranking 2019
The Lufthansa Group has achieved the Climate Scoring result "B" in the 2019 climate change reporting of the non-profit rating organisation CDP. As in the previous year, the airline group is thus once again listed in the second highest ranking band and thus occupies one of the top positions among the airlines. CDP conducts the world's largest annual climate ranking.
 » Read more.
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