Meeting Place Berlin. Meeting and convention planners have the opportunity to get to know the German capital in the summer of 2013, at the 7th Meeting Place Berlin from 4–8 July 2013. This biennial gathering is hosted by the visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office and its partners. Participants will experience a dynamic, evolving convention destination, where old gas tanks become new venues and former department stores become clubs. They will have the chance to speak with representatives from Berlin's hospitality industry, convention centres and unusual venues. They will discover the CityCube Berlin, a multi-functional congress and congression centre opening in early 2014. And they will get to follow the traces of the Berlin Wall...
Meeting Place Berlin has been a hit with guests in past years. “You have charmed me and seduced me over the two last days, so I am now deeply in love with Berlin! In my head I constantly hear the words: Ich bin ein Berliner!" an event organizer from Norway raved. An Italian participant added: “I would like to be a poet, a sage of the last century and a teenager in order to express the mix of emotions caused by this magnificent, extraordinary and unique city. “Berlin – it's a beautiful city and your organization was excellent”, a French colleague summarised the experience, "I met exactly the suppliers I needed and discovering new venues was very good!"
Berlin is a truly unique city. People from all over the world converge year-round on a once-divided city for conferences and conventions. They stay in one of the approximately 600 modern hotels and attend events in the ICC Berlin, the Orangerie or other special locations. There are many and varied opportunities, including highlights such as the Museum Island, three opera houses and a neighbourhood culture unparalleled in the world.
These strengths make Berlin a leading destination for meetings, conventions and corporate incentive trips. In the first half of 2012 alone, 57,800 events were held in the German capital, eight per cent more than the comparable prior year period. 4.6 million visitors attended these gatherings, a seven per cent increase. Berlin is one of the four most important convention locations in the world, as shown in the most recent statistics (2011) from the International Congress & Convention Association (ICCA). With 147 events organised by international organisations, the German capital ranked fourth among the world's leading convention cities.