On May 18th 2016 an agreement was reached by the Supervisory Board of KölnKongress GmbH and by the Supervisory Board of Koelnmesse, on the foundation of KölnKongress Gastronomie GmbH. As of April 1st 2017, KölnKongress Gastronomie will be taking over the catering services of the Gürzenich in Cologne and replacing Jochen Blatzheim’s catering business. The management of the company will be taken over by Bernhard Conin for five years. His contract as CEO of KölnKongress was also extended for a further five years. "Through the acquisition of the catering in the Gürzenich, KölnKongress has gained a further foothold in the events business. Continuity, individuality and a high degree of professionalism will in future be offered to the organizers and guests of the Gürzenich as well as to the people of Cologne", says Bernd Petelkau, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of KölnKongress.
Following 60 years of successful management, Jochen Blatzheim
will end his time at the Gürzenich Köln as of March 31st 2017. Since its reopening in 1997, over 4,500 events with more than 3.2 million visitors have been held under the management of KölnKongress. Around 70,000 visitors each year are present at around 50 Carnival sessions in the Gürzenich. Over 200 events in total with around 140,000 visitors take place annually. These include congresses, annual general meetings, concerts, markets and balls.