The first annual meeting in Germany was also the largest in the history of the Lions: more than 23,000 members from 132 countries enjoyed the 96th Lions Clubs International Convention 2013 (LCIC 2013) in the Elbe metropolis Hamburg.
The showgrounds of Hamburg Messe and the adjacent CCH-Congress Center Hamburg were at the centre of activities as central location for the convention service center, the exhibition and the Lions seminars. 1,200 Lions volunteers supported the organisation of the major event that flew the flag in the very sense of the word.
At the colourful Lions parade, 18,000 Lions in traditional costumes or Lions attire waved their country‘s flags when marching around the Inner Alster Lake in bright sunshine. The Lions market on Jungfernstieg provided insights into local, regional, and international aid projects funded by the Lions. Plenary sessions, seminars, training courses and receptions complemented the programme.
The LCIC 2013 was the largest conference that ever took place in Hamburg. The Elbe metropolis supported the largest world gathering of a non-governmental organisation with three million euro, of which1.5 million euro were taken directly from the current budget.In return, the Lions from around the world spent more than 40 million euro in the Elbe metropolis, with the catering and hospitality industry, retail and cultural institutions particularly benefiting from the visitors.
The city‘s 72 congress hotels reported a record utilisation of 100 per cent. Home to nearly 100 consulates, Hamburg is a truly cosmopolitan place, where excellent international ties are a deeply-rooted tradition.