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Congress Metropolis Berlin visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office During the past ten years the visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office (BCO) of Berlin Tourismus & Kongress GmbH has offered competent support at the organisation of conventions, meetings and incentives. Customers benefit from the experienced team, a broad network of contacts and the free-of-charge agency and reservation services for hotel allotments. Since the beginning of this year BCO informs with a completely revamped Internet presence on Berlin as an event metropolis. On www.convention.visitBerlin.de Germany's leading congress destination is presented in a comprehensive, structured and interactive manner. Event planners are provided, for instance, with ideas for framework programmes, participants get information on the tourism offering of Germany´s capital. The congress metropolis Berlin in numbers The visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office is the initiator of the congress statistics launched in 2001 as a pilot project which have since provided sound data on the development of the meeting and convention market Berlin. On a half-yearly basis the data are collected and evaluated by an independent market research company and serve as a basis for future planning. The specialised collection of all Berlin convention and meeting business data shows excellent event and participant numbers for 2010. 113,100 events took place in the metropolis on the River Spree (2009: 108,500). They attracted 9.11 million guests to Berlin (2009: 8.26 million). The share of international visitors amounted to 20%. The Berlin meeting and convention market generated sales revenues of EUR 1.65 billion in 2010. This corresponds to a 10 percent increase compared to 2009. Berlin´s hotel landscape convinces through an excellent service quality and high quality standards with a very good value-for-money ratio. This is particularly appreciated by meeting and convention participants. 5.55 million room nights from this group of Berlin guests were counted in 2010; this corresponds to an 11% increase versus the comparable prior year period. The role of the 170 meeting hotels of the German capital remains strong. Apart from their accommodation capacities, they represent 53% of all providers of event spaces. In 2010 a total of 95,000 events was staged (+5%) and a total of 5.5 million participants were catered for (+11%). On a worldwide level Germany´s capital is amongst the four major locations for association meetings. This is confirmed by the statistics of the International Congress & Convention Association (ICCA) for 2010. With 138 events of international associations, the German capital reached as last year rank 4 and left metropolises like Singapore (136) and Buenos Aires (98) behind. The leading destinations in the ranking are Vienna (154), Barcelona (148) and Paris (147). Berlin: Future-proof event location The German capital continues to gain in attractiveness as a location for large-scale events. By the beginning of 2014 a new congress and trade fair centre will be built on the site of the former Deutschland Halle. Between 2014 and 2016 it will replace the International Congress Centrum ICC Berlin, which will be completely closed and refurbished during that time. With the re-opening of the ICC Berlin, Messe Berlin will then have almost the double convention capacities. At present more than 530 events with around 240,000 participants per year take place in the congress area of Messe Berlin. A decisive share in the future development of the flight services to and from Berlin will be accounted for by the new capital airport Berlin Brandenburg International BBI. It is currently built on the site of Schönefeld Airport. The latter will be replaced by the BBI Airport in the same way as Tegel Airport and the already closed Tempelhof Airport. The opening of the new airport is scheduled for 3 June 2012. In addition, a shuttle service will be provided between BBI and the Berlin main station. It will take passengers every 20 minutes to the airport and/or the city centre. Event highlights 2011 The convention destination Berlin attracts many international guests. Those who have not yet had an opportunity to visit Berlin, get to know the German capital during events throughout the world: The AIBTM – The Americas Meetings & Events Exhibition will be staged for the first time. Around 2,000 buyers are expected from 21 to 23 June 2011 in Baltimore. 50 local providers, around 150 buyers from all over the world and a congress destination with a myriad of possibilities – that's the success concept of Meeting Place Berlin. It will again secure the enthusiasm of decision-makers of the convention industry for the diverse event location Berlin from 7 to 11 July 2011. Germany première for the "World Routes" – the leading international Aviation Forum which will take place in Berlin from 2 to 4 October 2011. A topic of the industry meeting will be the future major airport BBI. The doers of the Frankfurter IMEX have exported their successful concept to the USA. IMEX America will take place in Las Vegas for three days from 11 October. Approximately 2,000 international buyers of associations, companies and agencies are invited. Some 1,200 representatives of the worldwide meeting and convention industry will meet for the 50th ICCA Congress in Leipzig from 22 to 26 October. The internationally renowned specialist event for Meetings & Incentives, EIBTM, will take place from 29 November to 1 December 2011. More than 3,000 providers from some 100 countries will travel to Barcelona for this event.