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Record Congress Balance For Berlin

According to statistics published today by the Berlin Convention Office of visitBerlin, Berlin is the front runner of the German convention industry. The statistics reveal that:

  • 9.1 million professional visitors came to Berlin last year; which amounts to a ten percent increase.
  • 113,100 events took place; which is four percent more than in 2009.
  • The room nights of convention hotels rose by 11 percent to 5.5 million.
  • Total sales revenues amounted to EUR 1.65 billion; which corresponds to a ten percent rise.

visitBerlin's CEO Burkhard Kieker commented: “Berlin has proven itself as a crisis-resistant leader and has been able to further expand its position as Germany’s most important meeting location. On the international level, we have been among the top five congress destinations in the world for many years.”

A significant contribution to the positive 2010 balance was made by the convention centres of the city, such as the ICC Berlin. The large-scale events staged at the centre were attended by 1.2 million participants, 30 percent more than in 2009.

A trend towards the staging of longer events can also be discerned in the German capital. At present, 35 percent of all events are multi-day events. The average duration of meetings and conventions rose by 0.2 percent to 1.9 days.

Meanwhile, the BCO will also celebrate its tenth anniversary this summer. During its existence, the number of congress participants grew from 4.2 million in 2001 to around 9.1 million in 2010 – a development essentially driven by the BCO.

 

The complete results of the updated convention statistics can be found here.