Hamburg is gearing up to host the Rotary International Convention from June 1-5, 2019 with over 25,000 Rotarians from 170 countries expected at the event in the Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH (HMC).
Hamburg’s long Rotary tradition
“As an economic and cultural centre that connects Germany with the world, Hamburg is perfect for our congress,” said Barry Rassin, President of Rotary International. Hamburg’s decades long Rotary tradition dates back to 1927 when Germany’s first Rotary Club was founded in the city. Michael Otremba, Managing Director of the Hamburg Convention Bureau GmbH (HCB), said: “The Rotary International Convention is akin to a Champions League event that will focus on Hamburg as a city and a meeting place.” According to the organisation, the congress is expected to generate around EUR 24 million for the local economy.
Top-class speakers and diverse agenda
Rotarians and their guests will attend workshops and be addressed by several high-profile speakers including Dr. Peter Tschentscher, Mayor of Hamburg, and Timotheus Höttges, CEO of Deutsche Telekom AG. The Host Organization Committee (HOC) consists of local Rotarians and Rotaractors i.e. Rotary Youth Organization, and has drafted a supporting event programme. The agenda includes a welcoming event in the Chamber of Commerce, concerts in the Elbphilharmonie and a walk against polio – an infectious disease that affects the central nervous system and can cause paralysis.