GCB German Convention Bureau

Seamless mobility

Germanyis a global infrastructure leader, according to the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) recently-published Global Competitiveness Report 2012-2013. In a global comparison of productivity and development among 144 nations, the report ranks Germany third in respect of the quality of its infrastructure, particularly highlighting its first-rate facilities across all modes of transport. “This very good performance in the WEF study confirms yet again Germany’s prime position as a destination for conventions, meetings and events,” says a delighted Matthias Schultze, Managing Director of the GCB German Convention Bureau.

The nexus between Germany’s outstanding infrastructure and its success in international competition for major events is documented by the Meeting & EventBarometer 2012: for the organisers interviewed from Germany,Europe and overseas the infrastructure is second only to value for money as a factor determining the choice of event location. On a scale of 1 (important) to 4 (unimportant) “good transport links” are given a score of 1.4. And for European organisers transport connections are even ranked top of the list, with a score of 1.3. This is one reason why Germany maintains its position as the most popular meetings and event destination among the international event organisers polled. Once again, they ranked theFederal Republic first among their preferred meeting destinations. In 2011 the Meeting & EventBarometer encompassed a total of 2.72 million events with altogether 338 million participants – 4.5 percent more than in the previous year.

Some 40 airports, 12,850 kilometres of motorway and a rail network extending across almost 33,500 kilometres guarantee uncomplicated travel to and from events in Germany, plus seamless mobility within the country itself. Meeting planners and participants benefit from a high level of engineering and professionalism, as the WEF research underscores.

Special, intermeshing facilities offered by the big mobility service providers help event organisers and participants save a great deal of time and guarantee a wide range of options. The special solutions offered by Lufthansa for conferences and meetings under the “Lufthansa Meetings & Events” label, for example, include reduced rates that can be booked individually and conveniently through the respective organisers’ websites and the possibility of chartering a complete scheduled flight for a particular event. Railway operator Deutsche Bahn offers a raft of environmentally friendly mobility solutions for events – from “event tickets” to fixed rates Germany-wide, through car sharing offers, shuttle and chauffeur services, and “Call a Bike” cycles to “show trains”. And with the so-called “Environment-Plus Event Ticket”) participants can even travel entirely carbon-free throughout Germany.