64 / CONFERENCE & MEETINGS WORLD / ISSUE 67GermanyNuremburgNuremberg was a centre of trade and commerce in medieval times. Today there are 20 universities, 22 research institutions and more than 150,000 companies in the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region. The city of Nuremberg has a population of half a million while the wider Metropolitan Region has 3.5m.Playmobil, the Federal Employment Agency, Novartis Pharma, Puma, Siemens are some of the organisations and big names at home in the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region. Bavaria's second largest city markets its conference and meetings facilities under the NurmbergConvention banner.The Nuremberg Convention Center (NCC) doubled its revenues from ?5.4m in 2004 to ?11m in 2010. The three congress centres that make up the NCC (West, Mitte and Ost) have a total capacity of 11,000.Nuremberg offers meetings organisers 8,750 rooms, from luxurious fi ve-star hotels to a hostel in the medieval imperial castle.There is a fast underground link to the airport from Nuremberg Messe, one of the fastest-growing trade fair locations in Europe. Over 1.2m visitors attend 100 major events and 50 specialist trade fairs and conferences annually, including the world's largest specialist trade fair for toys. The trade fair grounds offer more than 150,000sqm of exhibition space.The strengths of the Nuremberg economic region lie in the fi elds of communication and multimedia, traffi c engineering and logistics, energy and environment, power electronics and service industry. All are fertile sectors for meetings and conferences.delegates expected to attend the 2012 European Society of Cardiology MUNICH TOURIST OFFICE30,000HamburgHamburg is built on an area covering 291.5sqm and 1.7m people live in Germany's second-largest city. Brands such as Beiersdorf, Airbus, Hapag Lloyd, Helm, Montblanc, Olympus and Tchibo are the defi ning feature of Hamburg's business world. In the fi rst half year of 2012 alone, Hamburg's main conference space Congress Center Hamburg (CCH) will welcome three fi rst-time events, with an expected attendance of 16,500 delegates. At the beginning of May the 10th German Senior Citizens' Convention, will bring an expected attendance of 10,000 delegates. The CCH has 23 conference rooms seating 12,500 people, plus 10,000sqm of exhibition space and sits adjacent to exhibition space Hamburg Messe, which welcomes12,000 exhibitors a year, presenting their wares to 900,000 international visitors.The second half-year at CCH is characterised by 11 medical conferences with a total of 26,000 participants. Fifty-fi ve major events are already booked in the period up to 2016, including the World Lions Convention in 2013.The owner and operator of CCH, Hamburg Messe und Congress, has increased its revenues to ?58.5m in the lower yield year of its biannual convention cycle by focusing on third-party events. The fi gure is up 7.5 per cent on the comparative year 2009.MunichThe city of Munich is synonymous with its annual gathering in celebration of beer, Octoberfest. However, the city is also famous for its hosting of the 1972 Olympics. On 26 August, the Munich Olympic Park, which can be used for large-scale events, will celebrate its 40th anniversary with an open house.In terms of conference spaces, the Dolce Munich-Unterschleissheim hotel is one of the largest in Munich, offering more than 4,000sqm of space. The Bayerischer Hof has 1,700sqm of event space with a capacity of 2,150 delegates, reception-style. The Kempinski Hotel Airport Munich has 1,400sqm of event space and a maximum capacity of 1,000 delegates reception-style. After successfully hosting the cardiologists' European congress in 2004 and 2008, Munich will again be welcoming the 2012 European Society of Cardiology (ESC) with over 30,000 delegates in August.Due to the co-operation and joint promotion efforts of Munich Tourist Offi ce and Messe München, International Congress Centre (ICC) Munich, the Bavarian capital was able once more to attract this highly regarded international congress highlight of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), winning through against competition from a number of other European destinations.