GCB 2016 Educational Trip – Hamburg

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Think Summer! Think Germany!

The German Convention Bureau and Hamburg Convention Bureau invite you to experience Hamburg!

It’s that time of year again. Time to invite a select group of leading meeting planners to join us for the annual German Convention Bureau Americas education trip. This year we’re hosting it in the summer and have a great program in store for you designed to showcase how Germany’s industry expertise, sustainability and innovation make it a world leading meeting spot.


This Educational Trip is aimed at conference and event organizers from the US and Canada.



Thursday, July 21

  • Individual Transfer to the Le Meridien Hotel with Interline
    Le Méridien Hamburg is situated in St. Georg – Hamburg’s trendy district at the Alster River – a chic hotel in the heart of Hamburg close by the central station. Hamburg's historic districts, the city centre, trade fair grounds, the harbour, the UNESCO world heritage sites Speicherstadt and Kontorhausviertelor the music halls are within easy reach.
  • Citysightseeing by bus
    Explore the city centre and Alster by bus 
  • Site visit: Kempinski Hotel Atlantic
    In its own unique way, five-star Hotel Atlantic Kempinski unites the traditional and the modern, representing exquisite grand-hotel style with European flair.
  • Welcome Drinks at CARLS Restaurant
    CARLS Brasserie stands for North-German cuisine with a French touch. Attractive pictures on the tiles over the open-plan kitchen and the aubergine-coloured leather benches convey a French flair. The view over the harbour adds a flavour of Hamburg.
  • Boat Ride on the River Elbe to Dinner Safari at Louis C. Jacob
    Boat ride on the River Elbe, Germany’s 2nd largest  river, through the port of Hamburg. Spectacular views onto the city etc…..Also it’s the hotels brand-new boat MS Jacob

Friday, July 22

  • Networking breakfast with Interplan 
    It is the combination of 47 years of experience, dedicated and qualified staff members as well as the international exchange of knowledge which qualify INTERPLAN as one of the preferred partners for personalised solutions in the business of congress and meeting management.
  • Walk along the harbor to the Elbphilharmonie (Elbe Philharmonic Hall) 
    The Elbphilharmonie with its impressive glass facade and wave-like rooftop rises up from the former Kaispeicher building on the western tip of the HafenCity. Accommodated inside are two concert halls, a hotel and residential apartments. Between the old warehouse and the glass structure is the Plaza - a public viewing area that extends around the whole building.
  • Site visit: The Westin Hamburg
    A new highlight in the HafenCity quarter - as of NOVEMBER 4, 2016. The Hotel  is located within the Elbphilharmonie and offers top-notch dining, lodging and meeting spaces.
  • Lunch at Coast by East
    The coast introduces elements of the east, the award-winning design hotel and restaurant near the Reeperbahn, to the HafenCity. Enjoy balanced and healthy Asian food in an exceptional atmosphere with a view at the "Elbphilharmonie" at coast by east HafenCity. 
  • Tour of the historic Warehouse district "Speicherstadt" with Conference & Touring 
    The Speicherstadt is the world's largest historic Warehouse District; it captivates with 125 year old Gothic brick façades, wrought-iron walking bridges and lovely canals. Recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Speicherstadt has retained its historic charm and yet offers a variety of renovated, new and interesting venues and activities
  • Site visit and Aperitif at The East Hotel Hamburg
    This 4-Star superior design hotel features 128 rooms and suites forming a truly unique synthesis of dining, lounging and luxury accommodation. The American architect and designer Jordan Mozer transformed a former iron foundry into a splendid masterpiece with a striking colourful yet serene design. 
  • Dinner at Dips n Stix
  • Experience the Reeperbahn with CPO Hanser
    Let’s hit the funky St. Pauli City District of Hamburg and visit the infamous Reeperbahn Street. Once solely the red light district of Hamburg, St. Pauli and the Reeperbahn are now the places to be – to visit, to party, and to live. This hopping area offers music and professional theatre productions. Hip restaurants, swanky bars, and happening clubs. Sure, there is still an edginess and sexiness here, but it’s being used to the advantage of an increasing number of meetings and business groups to provide a truly unique experience for visitors. 

Saturday, July 23

  • Site Visit: Hafencity
    Learn more about sustainability projects in the Hafencity at Osaka9, HafenCity Sustainability Pavilion. Enjoy a walk through the HafenCity and learn more about this project in the Kesselhaus, a historic red-brick listed building dating from 1886, which once supplied power to the Speicherstadt.                   Hamburg is growing here: HafenCity – currently Europe’s largest inner-city development project – is a blueprint for the development of a European city on the waterfront   
  • Site Visit: Ballinstadt
    On an area of 2,500 square meters, experience the fascinating migration history of over four time periods at the BallinStadt – Emigration Museum Hamburg. Follow the footsteps of people striving to fulfill their hopes and dreams on their journey to a new homeland while visiting the exhibition.   
  • Site Visit and lunch at Grand Elysee Hotel
    The Grand Elysée is Hamburg’s largest 5 star hotel. It has 511 rooms and suites. The lively Boulevard and wide range of restaurants make it a hotel where you can enjoy life to the full. 
  • Site Visit and appetizer at Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten
    The Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten is the essence of what is understood to be a Grand Hotel in the European tradition and offers an experience rich in spectacular historic charm and great luxury. It is prominently located on the western side of the Inner Alster Lake shore in the heart of the city. 
  • Boat ride with the historic “St. Georg” plus iPad Challenge with Geo Bound  
    This cruise along the Alster canals and lakes reveals the mysterious side of Hamburg: Beautifully-kept villas with hidden parkland and luxurious penthouse apartments as well as other interesting sights along unspoilt riverbanks – so close you can almost reach out and touch them. Although so near to the city centre, you will find yourself in the midst of the idyllic greenery that graces residential areas bordering the Alster. 
  • End the Educational tour with a casual dinner at the Rooftop Terrace of the Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten
  • Individual transfer to airport/ train station after breakfast on Sunday, July 24
Jennifer Oettel

Jennifer Oettel
Management Trainee

+1 212 661 4582
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Meetings and more in Hamburg

One of Hamburg’s most striking advantages is the variety of meeting options in the inner city and the fact that their number continues to rise. Over the past years, accommodation capacity has increased to 58,541 beds in Hamburg and to 244,000 beds in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region.

Hamburg offers exceptional venues for major events as well as smaller meetings – ranging from modern, centrally located hotels with flexible meeting facilities to industrial lofts and historic warehouses, and from elegant manors to conference hotels with adjacent golf resorts.

What is more, the Hamburg Metropolitan Region offers a strong network of professional services such as catering and event management as well as state-of-the-art event technology. 

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