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HMC to organise German pavilion at at Expo 2017 in Kazakhstan

HMC selected as organiser for the third time in succession

Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH (HMC) will organise and run the German Pavilion at Expo 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan, on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. This is the third time in succession that HMC has been awarded the contract to organise preparation and conduct of Germany’s participation at a thematic global expo.

“We are delighted that we have once again been entrusted by the Ministry with this assignment,” says Bernd Aufderheide, President and CEO Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH. “It is a great honour for us to represent Germany and Hamburg in the world. And it is pleasing recognition of the good work of our teams, who also did this important work at previous global expos.”

Future Energy as Focal Theme

Expo 2017 will be held from 10 June to 10 September in Astana, with its focus on the theme “Future Energy”. That is a subject which is also reflected at many HMC events, such as WindEnergy Hamburg; gmec, the leading environmental summit of the maritime industries; and GET Nord, a leading trade fair for energy efficiency, building system engineering and facilities. The previous expo assignments of HMC addressed similar themes – for example Expo 2008 in Zaragoza, Spain focused on “Water and Sustainable Development”; and Expo 2012 in Yeoso, South Korea, addressed “The Living Ocean and Coast”. These are also subjects which are becoming more and more important at SMM, the leading international maritime trade fair in Hamburg. The German Pavilions run by HMC in Spain and Korea each received the Gold Award for the best realisation of the Expo theme.

Fourth Expo Particpation of HMC

Alongside the German Pavilions in 2008 and 2012, HMC also organised the Hamburg House at Expo 2010 in Shanghai. So Expo 2017 Astana will now be the fourth international expo with a German Pavilion organised and run by a team from Hamburg Messe und Congress.

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About Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH

Hamburg Messe (& Congress GmbH is the official civic body responsible for the operation of more than 87,000 square metres of exhibition space in eleven halls, and 10,000 square metres of outdoor exhibition space. It is located at the heart of the city of Hamburg, and CCH – Congress Center Hamburg is just a few minutes’ walk from the exhibition site. It enjoys outstanding transport connections, close to Dammtor main-line railway station, and not far from Hamburg Airport; it has three S-Bahn and U-Bahn stations (rapid transit and metro trains) nearby, and provides good access to the motorway network. It is likewise only a few minutes’ walk from the Port of Hamburg (the celebrated “Gateway to the World”), the city centre with its popular shopping areas, the world-famous Reeperbahn nightlife district, a wide range of hotels, and some exciting trend districts of the city. Each year HMC holds about 40 events here, taking own events and guest events together. Several events can be held simultaneously

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