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Interpreters association meets in Hamburg

BDÜ mulls opportunities and challenges on language market. Forward-looking sector in Hamburg also

Around 50 delegates are expected to meet during the German Federal Association of Interpreters and Translators (BDÜ) congress in Hamburg from October 15-16, 2016 in Hotel Panaroma in Hamburg-Harburg to discuss challenges facing a rapidly growing sector. Turnover for the current year is likely to come to USD 40 billion, according to the Common Sense Advisory market research company.

Trade hub and life science city

Hamburg is an international trade hub for north, central and Eastern Europe as well as North America and Asia especially China. It is also a life science metropolis and is thus the ideal backdrop for the congress, according to BDÜ. The association says it has 7,500 members and is the biggest German professional association in the sector. It represents around 80 per cent of all organised interpreters and translators in Germany.

Growing sector in Hamburg

Around 100 nations have consulates in Hamburg, the “Gate to the World”. A good command of the English language is crucial as more and more foreign companies are opening branches in the Hanseatic city. And the need for languages is growing given the importance of tourism for Hamburg’s economy

Further education offers

The BDÜ meets every six months to discuss political and organisational issues effecting the association as well as its strategic direction. The main focus is on further education and qualifications for BDÜ’s members, but also to raise awareness of the importance of languages to success among international firms and organisations.

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