Date: Wednesday 9 October
Time: Event starts at 4.30pm
Location: The Crystal, Siemens Urban Sustainability Centre
Royal Victoria Docks, London

Frankfurt am Main, 24th July 2013.

Future trends in the meeting and event industry will be explored at a networking event hosted by the German Convention Bureau (GCB) on Wednesday 9 October in London.

The keynote speech will be delivered by Dr Thomas Girst, Head of BMW Group Cultural Engagement, who is set to provide a fascinating glimpse of city life 20 years from now.

Matthias Schultze, Managing Director of the GCB, will present the headline results of the extensive study the organisation has undertaken, in his address entitled “Future Trends and Changes in the Meeting and Events Industry – A Study for International Event Managers”.

Alongside the speeches exploring key industry issues, the event also offers outstanding networking opportunities. Senior meeting and events professionals from across London and the wider area will be able to meet and exchange ideas with major industry players from all over Germany.

This event takes place at the Crystal, one of London’s newest and most innovative venues. The Crystal is a sustainable cities initiative by Siemens and home to the world’s largest exhibition focused on urban sustainability.

Matthias Schultze, Managing Director of GCB, comments: “Meeting face to face with peers is essential for any professional, particularly those in the events and meetings sector. Our event promises valuable networking opportunities with a wide range of industry experts as well as interesting updates on the future of the industry.”

The GCB has joined with its partners to host this event. These are Lufthansa, Accor Hotels, Maritim Hotels, Leonardo Hotels / Holiday Inn, Hamburg Convention Bureau, Leipzig Tourism and Marketing, Munich Convention Bureau, Stuttgart Convention Bureau, CCH Congress Centre Hamburg, darmstadtium congress centre, DüsseldorfCongress, Messe München Locations and the IMEX Group.

The event takes place on Wednesday 9 October at The Crystal, London.

For more information and to register, please see

Notes to Editors:

GCB German Convention Bureau e.V.
The German Convention Bureau (GCB) represents and markets Germany as a destination for conventions, meetings, events and incentives both on a national and international scale. It is the first point of contact for companies, associations and organizations around the world planning events in Germany.

Acting as a connector to the wide range of German event service providers, venues and host cities, the German Convention Bureau (GCB) provides hands-on advice and support to planners and executives in all industries and organizations. To bring maximum value, quality and customization to each meeting and event hosted in Germany, the GCB also helps hosts and attendees leverage the country’s deep expertise in green meetings and key industries such as pharmaceuticals, financials, automotive, logistics transportation, and technology.   

The GCB’s more than 200 members represent 450 suppliers including leading hotels, convention centers, destinations, event agencies and service providers of the German meetings and conventions industry. Accor Hotels, DüsseldorfCongress, and Stuttgart Convention Bureau are Preferred Partners of the GCB. As Strategic Partners, Lufthansa German Airlines, Deutsche Bahn AG (German Railways), and the German National Tourist Board (GNTB) support the work of the GCB.   

The GCB website ( serves as a useful online tool to find detailed information on Germany, search venues and vendors, get tips for green meetings, catch up on the latest news, access travel guides, and much more. Follow the German Convention Bureau in the U.S. on Twitter:  

GCB German Convention Bureau e.V.
Kaiserstr. 53
60329 Frankfurt/Main
Tel.:+49 (0)69 – 24 29 30 0
Fax: +49 (0)69 – 24 29 30 26

Press contact: Ms Ute Stegmann, Tel: +49 69 – 24 29 30 13, E-Mail:

For more details, contact: Emma Ward, GCB Press Office UK, Clareville
T: 0207 736 4022, E: