CCH Immobilien GmbH & Co. KG sealed a contract with Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH Wednesday (October 11, 2017) to operate the revitalized CCH. The agreement ends a pan European tendering process begun in April 2017. From 2019, the refurbished CCH will offer new dimensions for future event formats merging its successful 40-year history with future requirements. Hamburg will soon boast a top, international convention centre with 12,000 square metres of foyer space and 12,000 seats in up to 50 halls putting the CCH among Europe’s largest convention centres.
Frank Horch, Senator for Economics, said: “The decision by the senate and the state parliament to revitalize CCH has set clear objectives for the future use of the building.” The aim is to reach a 50 per cent increase in the number of delegates at economic and scientific meetings and congresses, which are key to Hamburg’s economy. “I’m delighted that HMC and its experienced employees have received the nod for this important task. Hamburg needs an attractive congress centre as a platform for diverse meetings and international exchanges in science and commerce. That is the only way to further expand our metropolitan position in international competition,“ he added.
All requirements met by HMC
The EU Commission had made the invitation to tender a condition for approving CCH’s revitalisation. The HMC met the requirements especially with qualified personnel, top class media technology and a convincing concept on the building’s future use and how it would be marketed. The 25-year concession contract regulates both the partners’ tasks and duties during the construction phase and the operating phase later on. The operator will pay concession fees of EUR 2.7 million annually.
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