It’s happening in Hamburg: city previews landmark new venues at IMEX America

Planners at IMEX America can preview the latest landmark venues scheduled to open in Hamburg next year. 2017 will be a bumper year for Germany’s second biggest city with a wide range of new venues, hotels and updated congress facilities set to make their mark. Moreover, the city will attract international attention when it hosts the G20 summit 7-8 July 2017.

Due to ‘set sail’ on 11 January next year, the Elbphilharmonie philharmonic hall is designed to resemble a rolling wave in homage to Hamburg’s world-famous harbour. This innovative venue on the edge of the River Elbe will provide a truly unique meeting venue for planners and delegates as well as a 250 room 5-Star Westin Hotel offering further meeting space and a 360-degree panoramic view of the city and harbour. The hotel and plaza opens on 4 November this year.  

Offering breathtaking views of the city’s famous Alster Lake, the Fontenay hotel is a new 5-star hotel due to open at the start of 2017. Located in its own private park in the city, the hotel’s conference facilities are across four rooms equipped with the latest in audio and visual technology. Designed by Hamburg-born star architect Jan Störmer, the hotel has a modern and innovative sculptural design featuring 131 rooms and suites.  

Twenty-nine other new hotels are scheduled to open in Hamburg over the next three years and the Congress Center Hamburg (CCH) is in the midst of a major renovation and expansion which will make it one of Europe’s largest and most modern convention centres when it fully reopens in 2019.  

Florian Gerdes, Marketing Manager Conventions at Hamburg Convention Bureau, explains: “These major launches are set to change the landscape of the city and add to the wide range of options for meetings and events. Combined with our significant expertise in sectors such as Life Science, Media & IT, Aviation and Renewable Energies, this creates a compelling offering for planners, enabling them to create events that are truly tailored to their needs. Hamburg has a great track record in hosting successful meetings and we’re set to showcase this again next year when the G20 summit and other major global events are hosted in Hamburg.”

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