GCB Newsletter 01 | 2020 
Kicking off a new decade: Let's get ready for 2020!
In the first newsletter this year you will find news on the following topics:
•  Hamburg attracts major medical events
•  Ask the Expert: Stuttgart in Sustainability
•  Event trends 2020
•  IMEX pre-trip for European Hosted Buyer
•  New GCB Members and Partners
•  IBTM 2019 facts and figures
•  How the meetings industry can be inspired by Beethoven
Enjoy the read!
Next Stop Germany
United by collaboration - Hamburg attracts major medical events
Networking and cooperation within the community: This was the focus of two international medical events that recently took place in Hamburg. The Annual Meeting of the European Society for Vascular Surgery (ESVS) and the BIO-Europe trade fair demonstrate the growing importance of the city of Hamburg as a meeting destination for the life science sector.
 » Read more here.
Munich Has Plenty to Offer For Meeting Planners in 2020
The opening of several new innovative meeting facilities, new travel-themed venues, and prestigious sporting and cultural events are just a few highlights Munich has to offer in 2020. Read more about the reasons to be excited about visiting Munich in 2020.
 » Read more.
Ask the Expert: Stuttgart on Sustainability with Karina Grützner, Director, Stuttgart Convention Bureau
U.S. planners are finding that Germany has a lot of best practices on facilitating sustainable meetings. Karina Grützner, Director at the Stuttgart Convention Bureau, has advice for U.S. planners looking to increase the sustainability of their meetings. Read more about why you should consider a sustainable event and how to find sustainable venues in Stuttgart.
 » Full interview here.
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New GCB Members and Partners
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the Creative dots
Kicking off the new decade: Event trends 2020
Staying up to date with the event industry’s future topics will be as important in 2020 as it was last year. In this context, the use of new technologies alone does not guarantee success. Instead, an integrated approach that involves using tech to support the overall attendee experience in a meaningful way is key. Among the trend topics, sustainability will continue to gain in importance. Read on for current trends in meetings and conferences to be best prepared for the new year and decade.
 » Read more.
For all the European Planners: Join us at IMEX Frankfurt in May 2020 and become a Hosted Buyer!
The German Convention Bureau invites you to join our European Hosted Buyer group at IMEX Frankfurt in May 2020. Be part of the most important trade show in our industry plus visit Dresden and Leipzig before the show! The 3-night pre-trip includes three hotel nights, meals, participation at the annual GCB Hosted Buyer dinner in Frankfurt and 1st class train tickets between Dresden-Leipzig and Leipzig-Frankfurt (your flights/trains and hotel in Frankfurt are covered by IMEX).
When? May 9 – 14, 2020
We are excited to welcome you to Germany and look forward to receiving your application!
 » For more information and the registration click here!
IBTM World 2019 - Facts and figures
The GCB was once again represented with the German Pavilion at IBTM world 2019 in Barcelona in November. Together with almost 50 stand partners, Germany presented itself as a conference and congress destination to an international audience. The German exhibitors recorded an average of 23 qualified customer contacts and can look back on a successful trade fair.
 » For detailed stats of the German booth click here.
Visionary, humanist, citizen of the world – Be inspired by Beethoven
One of the greatest composers in the world is celebrating his 250th birthday this year: Ludwig van Beethoven. As varied as his oeuvre is, particularly the character and radiance of his last completed symphony - the 9th - can still inspire us today to overcome boundaries and explore new paths. Our Managing director Matthias Schultze explains how the meetings industry can be inspired by Beethoven.
 » Read more.
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