Donnerstag, 19 April 2018
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UK, Wales: Wales leading the way to world class events at IMEX in Frankfurt

The UK country of Wales will be represented with its own stand for the first time at IMEX in Frankfurt this year (F350).

Crucial to Wales’s increased visibility at the show is the development of the purpose-built International Convention Centre Wales (ICC Wales), part of the Celtic Manor Collection, which will be the only completely new UK venue to open in 2019.

Ian Edwards, Chief Executive of ICC Wales commented: “We are delighted to be helping to bring Wales to the forefront of the business tourism industry at IMEX in Frankfurt. It’s the first time Wales has exhibited as a country separate from Great Britain, and having hosted major events in the country, including the Ryder Cup, the NATO Summit and the recent Champions League Final at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales has proved its worth and continues to be a key player in the events industry.”

“ICC Wales’s design and facilities are truly world class and its location – adjacent to the M4 motorway, just over two hours from London and close to the international airports at Cardiff and Bristol – makes ICC Wales an accessible and attractive proposition for international and national association conferences, corporate conferences and exhibitions.”

Two large scale conferences have already been booked at the venue, years before its opening – Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference in March 2020 and the venue’s inaugural event – The Hospitality and Catering Expo in July 2019.

Building work began on the site in June 2017 and once complete in 2019, ICC Wales will provide total floor space for meetings, conferences, exhibitions and events of 26,000sqm – the equivalent size to nearly four international rugby pitches.

ICC Wales is located within the grounds of Celtic Manor in Newport, Wales. The new-build venue will accommodate 5,000 delegates and includes a 4,000sqm, pillar-free main hall.

The ICC Wales is an £83.7m joint venture between the owners of Celtic Manor and Welsh Government and is managed by Celtic Manor’s expert leadership team.

Wales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and the island of Great Britain. It is bordered by England to the east, the Irish Sea to the west and north and the Bristol Channel to the south. It had a population in 2011 of around 3 million and covers a total area of 20,779 km2 (8,023 sq mi).

Wales has over 1,680 miles (2,700 km) of coastline and is largely mountainous, with its higher peaks in the north and central areas, including Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa), its highest summit.

Find ICC Wales at stand number F350.


UK, Leeds: ConferenceLeeds celebrates over £16million of venue investment across the city

ConferenceLeeds is celebrating several recent venue investments, which has seen a total of over £16 million going towards improving the city’s facilities. The investments include the introduction of a learning centre at Leeds Trinity University, a brand new, high-end spa at Rudding Park and significant bedroom refurbishments at the Holiday Inn Express.

Leeds’ conferencing venues have seen investment, enhancing the city’s appeal as a business destination. The studio has undergone an expansion worth more than £170,000, which includes four new state-of-the-art event spaces, doubling its capacity and offering an alternative conferencing venue to a traditional hotel. The Malmaison Leeds has launched its new meetings and events space, Work + Play, offering four meeting rooms and two soundproof glass pods, giving delegates the flexibility to work individually or that can be combined to create a larger space. Horizon has also invested in the reconfiguration of their meeting and event space. They have maximised the potential occupancy by adding in a retractable wall to the main plenary room which now provides two fully equipped conference rooms with the latest AV technology.

Leeds’ academic venues also continue to develop and thrive. Leeds Trinity University has invested £5.7million in a new learning centre; a building that offers first class and modern facilities ideal for not only teaching and learning, but also conferencing. Leeds College of Music has revamped its main performance space, The Venue, by adding a striking rooftop extension right in the heart of Leeds’ cultural quarter, offering increased capacity for more break-out facilities and catering provision.

Alongside this, further venues that have benefitted are some of Leeds’ most popular delegate accommodation destinations. One of the most significant additions has been the launch of a new spa at Rudding Park. Costing £9.5million, the new Rudding Park Spa has been recognised as the Best New Spa in the UK by the Good Spa Guide 2017 and features the UK’s first genuine Roof Top Spa and Garden, offering an extensive range of thermotherapy and hydrotherapy experiences. The Holiday Inn Express has also invested £1 million into refurbishing its bedroom facilities, with works due to be completed in March of this year.

Jennifer Young, Head of ConferenceLeeds, commented: “With Leeds as a top 10 UK conferencing city and the 2nd most popular in the North of England according the 2017 BMEIS report, it is extremely important that our venues offer the highest quality facilities. We aim to not only provide world-class conferencing venues, but to also provide exceptional accommodation and experiences to delegates to make a conferencing visit to Leeds truly remarkable in every way."

For more information, visit or follow ConferenceLeeds on Twitter @conferenceleeds.


Germany, Hamburg to take planners behind the scenes at one of Europe's largest convention centres – at IMEX in Frankfurt

Visitors to Hamburg Convention Bureau’s stand at IMEX in Frankfurt can step inside one of Europe's largest convention centres and virtually explore the redeveloped venue’s 50 halls in advance of its official opening.

Specially developed VR headsets using new ‘unreal engine’ technology enable planners at the show to move through the Congress Center Hamburg (CCH) and interact with the space. The new CCH will be the largest of its kind in Germany when it reopens in 2020 with a 12,000 sqm exhibition area and 12,000 seats in up to 50 halls. The redeveloped centre will be able to accommodate several concurrent events and the entrance hall, rising as tall as the main building, provides an additional multi-purpose space.

Joining the CCH team at Hamburg Convention Bureau’s stand at IMEX are a vast range of hotels and venues. This includes three 5* hotels - the largest privately owned 5* conference hotel in Germany, the Grand Elysee; the Hotel Atlantic Kempinski and the recently-opened The Fontenay, which offers breath-taking views over the Alster Lake from its 131 rooms and suites.

Other hotels on the stand include the greenest hotel in Germany - the Scandic; hip design hotel Gastwerk and Jufa Hotel Hamburg HafenCity – a new four-star, 200 room hotel located in the heart of Europe's largest inner-city development project. It has five workshop and seminar rooms, hosting up to 500 participants.

TUI Cruises, one of the leading catering and event suppliers Nord Event and UNESCO World Heritage Site Lübeck, ensure there is a wide range of venues, destinations and suppliers from across the Germany’s celebrated maritime region for planners to meet.

Florian Gerdes, Marketing Manager Conventions at Hamburg Convention Bureau, explains: “We’re looking forward to showing planners a new way to experience the city’s show stopping venues. The use of innovative technology at our stand – combined with traditional Hamburg hospitality with curry sausage and tea cocktails – brings to life the city’s top credentials as a formidable location for meetings and events. Hamburg offers an ever-growing choice of venue and accommodation options - with 19 hotels scheduled to open this year alone.”

Hamburg Convention Bureau is at stand number G100 at IMEX in Frankfurt, taking place 15 – 17 May 2018. |


Switzerland Updates

Group lugage made easy

The service “Express Door-to-Door Group Luggage” was successfully launched on 1 January 2017 in the course of a market test and will be continued in 2018. This innovative, comfortable solution offered by Swiss public transport is available for groups from 10 to 50 persons who travel through Switzerland by train, bus and boat. The service is provided at an attractive flat rate for a price of CHF 200.00 per transport and can be booked for roughly 400 service points in Switzerland, including Zurich and Geneva.

New opening: largest freshwater aquarium-vivarium in Europe.

The largest freshwater aquarium-vivarium in Europe opened its doors in October 2017 in the city of Lausanne. This unique concept makes it possible to have cocktail receptions set against the backdrop of an amazing water world. The experience can also be combined with a seminar or event in the hotel facilities of the Conference Hotel Aquatis next door.

The conference centre, which is unique in terms of its capacity, consists of an auditorium that can accommodate 300 people and several modular seminar and meeting rooms.

The aquarium is not only an exceptional journey through our planet’s most fascinating freshwater environments, but is also the very first cultural and tourist destination in Switzerland dedicated to ecosystems and sustainable development.

Visitors can enjoy leisure activities, go on a voyage of discovery and become completely immersed in the different innovative and interactive technologies that create the unique scenography found there.

World’s steepest mountainside railway – Stoos

A technical wonder awaits visitors in Switzerland: the steepest funicular railway in the world. Connecting the town of Schwyz with the Alpine village of Stoos, the mile-long funicular climbs 2,440 feet along gradients as steep as 110%. Thanks to innovative technology, though, guests stay upright. Fourteen years in the making, the newly opened StoosBahn has a barrel design with an automatic levelling system that allows the cylinders to rotate while keeping passengers in place. A total of 136 passengers can fit in each car to enjoy the quick four-minute ride. At the top, magnificent views of Lake Lucerne and the inspiring Seminar- und Wellnesshotel Stoos with different meeting capacities await guests.

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France, Strassbourg: The latest innovations in Strasbourg

Award for Les Jardins de Gaïa

Les Jardins de Gaia won the 2017 CSR Social Responsibility Trophy for their creation of "militant" teas and rooibos.

Renewable energies

Fonroche and ES are launching three geothermal energy projects in Vendenheim, Illkirch-Graffenstaden and, soon, Eckbolsheim.

Automotive growth

The automatic gearbox manufacture Punch Powerglide Strasbourg is investing 70 million euros to diversify its production.

Health and research

Strasbourg's University Hospital Institute, IHU, received 3.5 million euros in European funding for the period 2014-2020, added to the regional budget of 15 million euros.

Innovation trophies

Eight local Alsace project-generating companies have been given awards, in particular for their involvement in such innovative fields as the digital and healthcare.

Fibres Energivie Cluster

The European Commission Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry has awarded the "Golden Label" to the Fibres-Energivie Competitiveness Cluster.

New urban adventures in Strasbourg

The design and activity production agency Insolit' Pro is offering new urban adventures entitled "Last Call", "Insiders" and "Escape Gaming" for groups of 6 to 600 people.

Contact Strasburg Convention Bureau for more information or visit