Germany’s Gateway

With Hamburg’s Congress Centre (CCH) closing for a major two-year €197m (US$206m) renovation project set to make it Germany’s biggest convention centre by 2019, the city is not breaking its conference stride and has plenty else to offer international planners. This exciting city on the Elbe is opening up on many other meeting fronts, providing…


Dreaming Big at the Madrid Marriott

To celebrate its relaunch after its extensive refurbishment, the Madrid Marriott Auditorium Hotel & Conference Center rolled out the red carpet in November, hosting a lavish party with a cinematic theme, including gala dinner for 700 people. Graced by an all-star cast from some of Hollywood’s most iconic films including Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Pirates of…

ElbPhil strikes up its opening note

Hamburg’s new €789m ElbPhilharmonie philharmonic hall officially opened in Germany’s second city on 11 January. The architecture is designed as a ‘rolling wave’ in homage to Hamburg’s world-famous harbor and the new venue on the the River Elbe now provides a unique meeting venue for planners and delegates. The Elbphilharmonie is also home to a…


ICC Sydney’s paradigm shift

he big story in Sydney at the end of 2016 was the official opening of the new International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney). It seems the market can’t wait and management reports 400 events are already booked in. The centre has been built on a 10GB optical fibre backbone and has the ability to hold…


‘We haven’t played our cards yet’: Brexit

James Heappey, MP, and chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for UK Events identifies three big Brexit-related issues for the UK events industry. Originally published in CMW‘s sister title EN. Speaking at a Meetings Industry Association EU roundtable discussion (sponsored by EN’s sister title Conference News) at Church House in London last night (11 October), Heappey recognised…


In the White City: Lisbon profile

It’s attractive, it’s cosmopolitan, it’s friendly, it’s well connected in terms of flights, it represents value for money, and it’s growing in popularity – what’s not to like about Lisbon as a MICE destination? These attributes have not gone unnoticed by the industry: in 2014 Portugal’s capital hosted 109 congresses and conventions and was ranked…


Hamburg renaissance

New venue Elbphilharmonie (Elbe Philharmonic Hall) is a waterside wave of a venue opening in January and stands in homage to Hamburg’s famous harbour and symbol also of a MICE renaissance in the northern German city. Elbphilharmonie offers a variety of spaces for congresses, small meetings and receptions. There’s also a Westin Hotel on site…

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