The Cologne Convention Bureau (CCB), which is part of the Cologne Tourist Board, got a new leader at the turn of the year, with Filiz Ük (pictured) appointed to head the unit.
The full CCB team now comprises of Sandra Aufschnaiter, who has been supporting the CCB since the summer of 2019, Lea Scholtysik and Britta Hartmann.
Filiz Ük has been working for the Cologne Tourist Board since 2005 and moved over to the CCB when it was founded in 2008.
The previous head of the CCB, Jan-Philipp Schäfer, left in summer 2019. After he left the Cologne Tourist Board Ms. Ük had been heading the CCB in the interim, a position now made permanent.
She is enjoying her new business responsibility. “For me as a native of Cologne, working to help promote Cologne as a meeting destination is a labour of love,” she says. “Among other things, I’d like to focus on expanding our services related to bids for congresses. I also want to devote more attention to the important theme of sustainability in this sector.”
Aufschnaiter will take up the range of tasks vacated by Ük.
In 2020 the Cologne Convention Bureau will continue to expand its event planning services. Its checklists for event planning will be supplemented with additional categories, and it will launch a series of “tips and tricks” presented by Cologne-based experts from the sector.
The area of services related to bids for congresses will be expanded in the long-run. In addition to drawing up bid books, the CCB says it wants to establish a network of congress ambassadors for Cologne.
The CCB, supported by 175 partners, estimates Cologne meeting market’s total turnover in Germany amounts to €1.3bn, €720.1m of which remains in Cologne.