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Germany wins EU clearance for €642m support scheme for tradefair and congress sector

Germany has received clearance from the European Commission to roll out its proposed Federal umbrella scheme for damage compensation of tradefairs and congresses in the country. The scheme is reportedly worth €642m and was first put to the Commission on 4 December last year. While some of Germany’s Lander (States) were able to partially lift restrictions for a certain period prior to the second wa...

Hamburg named ‘Germany’s strongest city brand’ in agency survey

The city of Hamburg has been named ‘Germany’s strongest city brand’ in a survey by Brandmeyer agency. The agency conducted a survey of 10,000 people and found that across all age groups, Hamburg was perceived as the strongest city brand. Hamburg claimed the top spot, followed by Munich and Freiburg, in a number of categories: attractiveness, future development, city break destination, likeability,...

Berlin government and Lufthansa pursue rescue deal, sources say

Germany’s national airline Lufthansa and the Berlin government are pursuing a €9bn ($9.7bn) rescue package, company and government sources said, 28 April, but gave no timing for an agreement after a report overnight said the deal was complete. Lufthansa declined to comment and a spokeswoman for the economy ministry had no immediate comment. A government source said talks would continue. Sources cl...

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 a northern European gateway for organisers looking for...