The privilege of holding trade fairs was granted to Hamburg by Holy Roman Emperor Emperor Charles IV on 29 January 1365. That makes Hamburg the oldest trade fair city in Germany. With a series of events, Hamburg’s municipal trade fair organiser Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH (HMC) will be celebrating the Hanseatic city’s role as an important global market place with 650 years of history in the jubilee year. On the actual day of the anniversary, a public episcopal ecumenical worship service will be held at St Michael’s church on 29 January 2015. Hamburg’s First Mayor Olaf Scholz will hold a speech. “We are looking forward to celebrating this unique jubilee with all Hamburg citizens and their guests”, says Bernd Aufderheide, CEO of Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH.
Following a series of lectures at the University of Hamburg held in autumn, the service marks the official start of the jubilee year, which will feature numerous event reflecting the impact of fairs on the city’s development. An exhibition on the history of Hamburg’s trade fairs and conferences will be held in the entrance hall of the Hamburg City Hall in June 2015.
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Frank Horch, Hamburg Minister of the Economy, Transport, and Innovation: “I am very pleased with the series of event planed for the jubilee, because it is a good opportunity to showcase the importance of the exhibition and convention industry for the economic development of a city, and brings it back to our consciousness (...) We pursue the strategic objective to position Hamburg in the growing market of trade shows, conferences and conventions, and to increase its international awareness.” With more than 40 trade shows, and more than 250 conference and events held at CCH; Hamburg Messe und Congress annually attracts more than one million visitors. Together with the exhibitors, they spend up to 700 million euro per year in the shops, hotels, restaurants, and cultural venues of the Hanseatic city.
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