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5,000 Visitors Enjoyed Open Day at the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce

Hamburg's Chamber of Commerce opened its premises to visitors for two days on occasion of the chamber's 350-year jubilee

On Saturday and Sunday, more than 5,000 visitors gained insights into the function and duties of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce at chamber’s open days on 20-21 June 2015. “The positive response to our first Open Day has encouraged us to invite the general public from now on a regular basis”, said Prof. Hans-Jörg Schmidt-Trenz, CEO of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce.

Under the motto “Join in and join the discussion”, a large and varied range of information and entertainment around the key activities of the board – to advise companies, pool interests, and educate people – was offered by more than 200 employees in the historic stock exchange building at Adolphsplatz.

Hands-On Activities

On an eight-meter high climbing wall, guests were able to “climb up” the career ladder by following different paths of professional education. When “fishing” for balloons, they learned about the many training opportunities offered by the Chamber of Commerce to young skilled workers. The topic of “workplace health promotion” also asked visitors to be active. At the “Sports Station”,, visitors experienced at first hand how to incorporate fitness and health programme for the benefit of employees into everyday work.

Fresh Ideas

Who felt like exchanging experiences and opinions, sought the dialogue with young entrepreneurs at the “Founder’s Lounge”, where they presented their own success story along with innovative products and services. Chamber members volunteered to answer questions asked by visitors.

In the three halls of the former stock exchange, the the chamber’s lobbying work in politics and administration was also on the agenda next to the presentation of the chamber’s businesses and training services. How lobbying truly worked, old and young guests were able to experience in the hands-on game “Build Your City!”, where they were able to turn wishes and ideas for urban planning and transport policy into reality. Representatives of the chamber working in Mumbai and Dubai used Skype to showcase their activities.

Hamburg’s Olympic bid

Highlight of the Olympia Cafe was Hamburg’s Olympic Stadium displayed by Miniatur Wunderland to support Hamburg’s application as host of the 2024 Summer Games.

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About the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce

Founded in 1665, the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce is the political lobbyist, mediator and advocate for Hamburg’s economy for 350 years. It represents the interests its 167,000 members in politics and administration, offer customer-oriented services for its member companies, and acts as an independent advocate of markets, competition, and fair play.Some 700 entrepreneurs serve as elected representatives in the Chamber’s more than 30 committees. In addition, some 4,100 volunteer examiners support Hamburg’s vocational education system. At the Chamber’s headquarters. 250 staff are being employed. In all their efforts, they are being guided by the chamber’s claim: “serving Hamburg”.

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