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Rotary World Congress 2019 to be held in Hamburg

Hamburg chosen as host city. 22,000 Rotarians from 180 countries and regions to attend the meeting 1-5 June 2019

Hamburg will be hosting the 2019 Rotary International Convention. From 1-5 June 2019, some 22,000 Rotary Club members will be travelling to the Hanseatic city to attend the annual meeting of the world’s oldest service club. Together with the Rotary District 1890 Germany, the Hamburg Convention Bureau GmbH (HCB) successfully placed the bid to host the event.

Guests from more than 180 Countries and Regions

The annually rotating Rotary International Convention (RIC) will be staged in Hamburg for the very first time, making the city a networking platform for 22,000 Rotarians from 180 countries and regions. Desite different origins and religious beliefs, they all share the same values and actively support services and projects hat will improve life on earth. Thus, the mission of the Rotary International Convention it to inspire, inform and involve Rotarians.

Conference to be held at Hamburg’s Fair Grounds

This year, theannual event of Rotary International will take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In 2019, the convention will take place on the grounds of Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH (HMC). The inner-city exhibition and congress centre is one of the most modern in Europe. Hamburg thus joins a list of well-known venues such as Barcelona (2002), Salt Lake City (2007), Lisbon (2013), and Sydney (2014).

Good Co-operation

The HCB and the representatives of the Rotary District 1890 intensively co-operated in prepartingthe inspection tour of the six-member international Rotary delegation, which laid the foundation for choosing Hamburg.

“To host such a high-profile international event is a great honour for us and shows how interesting, attractive and international Hamburg has become. For Hamburg, the appointment offers great chances, with the convention enhancing the international awareness of Hamburg as a leading MICE destinations, and networking experts, decision-makers and and leading personalities coming to Hambur”, said Thorsten Kausch, managing director of the Hamburg Convention Bureau GmbH and Hamburg Marketing GmbH . Beyond the monetary value of the convention estimated at 21 million euro, this also is significant for Hamburg’s perception in the world.

First Reactions

Frank Horch, Hamburg Minister of Economy, Transport, and Innovation, is looking forward to welcoming the Rotarians from around the world: “Hamburg winning the contract is yet another evidence of the growing international appeal of our city. We are pleased about the 20,000 guests from around the world coming to Hamburg and to provide them a warm and cordial welcome as professional host.”

Bernd Aufderheide, CEO of Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH and a Rotarian himself, added: “We are pleased that – after the Lions Clubs International Convention 2013 – we will once again be hosting such an important international meeting.”

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About Rotary International

Rotary International is the world’s oldest international service organisation whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. It is a secular organisation open to all people regardless of race, colour, creed, religion, gender, or political preference. There are 34,282 clubs and over 1.2 million members worldwide, with 53,000 members being active in Germany.

About the Hamburg Convention Bureau

The Hamburg Convention Bureau (HCB) is a 100 per cent subsidiary of the Hamburg Marketing GmbH (HCB). Headed by managing director Thorsten Kausch, aims to promote networking in the fields of B2B (Business to Business) and B2C (Business to Consumer) and to provide support to new events.

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