EUROPE – Congress Center Leipzig (CCL), which took over management of the reconstructed Kongresshalle am Zoo in May, has welcomed its first delegates – from the German Convention Bureau for its AGM this summer.
The newly refurbished venue features 15 halls and rooms and can seat between 10 and 1,200 people. There is also 800sqm of exhibition space.
The new turn-of-the-century edifice opens up new opportunities for Leipzig as a growing meeting destination and this autumn the venue will host the International Congress of Zookeepers.
The CCL’s expertise and networks should benefit planners contemplating using the Zoo’s Kongresshalle.
The first six months were busy for business for the CCL team. Large international meetings have included the Leipzig Interventional Course (LINC), which attracted4,800 participants from 70 countries; the Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID), organised by Kenes and which brought 2,200 delegates in May, while the International Transport Forum attracted a thousand delegates, also in May.
June saw 6,000 delegates attend the Annual Meeting of the German Federation of Eye Surgeons and also the 80th German Welfare Congress. The Congress drew 2,150 participants and keynote speakers included the President of the Federal Republic of Germany Joachim Gauck, Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, and the Federal Minister for Family Affairs Manuela Schwesig.
In late June, 3,000 experts attended the 35th Annual Meeting of the German Society for Breast Diseases.
In September, the venue will again host the Visceral Medicine Congress which is expected to attract 4,500 delegates. That will be followed by the ver.di Trade Union’s Federal Congress.
In October, 2,500 delegates are expected to attend the German Congress for Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine and December’s diary features the Congress of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine DIVI, involving some 2,000 participants at the CCL.