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KONGRESSHALLE am Zoo Leipzig completes successful first year

Leipziger Messe
In terms of convention business, 2016 proved to be the strongest year in two decades, with the Congress Center Leipzig (CCL) and the KONGRESSHALLE am Zoo Leipzig generating turnover of approximately 9 million euros. Numerous large-scale medical conferences for an international audience, high calibre corporate business events and new space arrangements for event organisers through the official opening of the KONGRESSHALLE early in the year all contributed to the record performance.

In 2016, more than 120,000 visitors in total attended 76 events at the CCL. Highlights included major medical conferences for several thousand participants devoted to the fields of urology, anaesthesia, autoimmunity, haematology and oncology as well as ultrasound and echocardiography. Attracting an international audience as well as media interest, the events served to underpin Leipzig’s reputation as a centre of medicine. By working closely with relevant players locally, the CCL has emerged as a highly attractive conference venue offering a flexible space concept. In the case of a large-scale conference with specialist supporting programme and extensive industry exhibition, for example, the CCL can be combined with Hall 2 while the adjacent Glass Hall will be used to host a range of prestigious events.

Conferences regularly hosted at the CCL (including leading German and European medical congresses) played a part in the economic success story of 2016. The traditional kick-off was provided by the Leipzig Interventional Course (LINC), which expanded once again to accommodate some 5,000 participants; with its forward-looking format, the event is a model for the medical sector and the conference sector alike.

Having made a successful premiere in Leipzig, the German Radiology Conference, which attracts some 7,000 participants, will be held at the CCL every year until 2020. Meanwhile the International Transport Forum (ITF) took place at the CCL for the ninth time - and the organisers of the most important gathering of the global transport sector have opted for Leipzig again in 2017. Other high profile events in 2016 included the Deutscher StiftungsTag in May and the Deutscher Marketing Tag in November.

CCL to welcome World Communion of Reformed Churches in 2017 
The year 2017 will also provide a number of high points. The DIVI Conference (German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine) is scheduled to be held at the CCL, with around 6,000 participants expected. The conference alternates between Hamburg and Leipzig every other year, but because of renovation work at the Hamburg site, the conference will also return to Leipzig in 2018. The German Neurological Society will come to the CCL for the first time in September 2017; with as many as 6,000 participants, the event ranks as one of the world’s top three neurological conferences in terms of visitor numbers.

To mark the anniversary of the Reformation in 2017, the World Communion of Reformed Churches will hold its 26th general meeting at the CCL in July, using Hall 2 and the Messehaus. Some 1,200 delegates, observers and visitors are expected to arrive from more than 100 countries. Leipzig was chosen as the conference venue because of its proximity to the sites of the German Reformation and its importance to the Peaceful Revolution in the GDR in 1989.

Successful first year for the KONGRESSHALLE am Zoo Leipzig
In its first year of official operation by the CCL, the KONGRESSHALLE hosted a total of 122 events attracting almost 64,000 visitors. The building provides a venue for major German and international academic conventions, and serves as a cultural beacon for the city. The Leipziger Messe itself uses the new premises for events such as the ‘protekt’ conference and trade show and Designers’ Open.

By providing 15 different auditoriums for up to a thousand guests, the KONGRESSHALLE is also attractive to event organisers (including scientific organisations around the region) in search of suitable capacity in Leipzig to meet their requirements. With the hotel sector and retail trade benefiting from the growing number of events as well, the KONGRESSHALLE is helping to drive the positive development of the city. Demand levels will support the new venue beyond the year 2021.

As for next year, conferences are already scheduled in the fields of healthcare, cardiodiagnostics, clinical neurophysiology and echocardiography. While the range of events 2017 will be broadly equivalent to that of 2016, the number of more complex conference formats is set to rise from 2018; the trend is based on lead times for scientific organisations that will use the whole building for several days at a time after the reopening.

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