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27.01.2017 Frankfurt/Main – The ideal location for international science congresses

Delegates of the AC Forum Annual Meeting 2017 were inspired by Frankfurt

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Frankfurt’s mayor, Uwe Becker (l) with Ms Iris Allebrandi, president of the AC Forums and Mathias Münch of the Hessian Broadcasting Company (r) at Associations & Conference Forum (AC Forum), January 2017 © Photo: Holger Ullmann, Tourismus+Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main

The Associations & Conference Forum (AC Forum) is Europe’s only alliance of scientific associations that organise their conferences on their own, most of these events being medical congresses. The associations hold altogether more than 100 scientific conferences a year, attracting over 250,000 participants.

The event was held on the grounds of Messe Frankfurt from 19th to 21st January. It offered the city the unique opportunity of presenting itself to its target groups as a cosmopolitan, dynamic and highly professional congress destination. A well-conceived concept featuring a variety of conference locations and event formats combined to offer congress participants plenty of space for new experiences and an exchange of information and ideas. It also enabled delegates to become better acquainted with a number of Frankfurt locations. They got to know the congress city on the River Main as a surprisingly diversified and multifaceted destination.

The event’s official dinner function took place at the time-honoured Gesellschaftshaus Palmengarten. Frankfurt’s mayor, Uwe Becker, was on hand to welcome Europe’s congress elite by way of an informal interview with Mathias Münch of the Hessian Broadcasting Company. “The meeting of the AC Forum 2017 in Frankfurt was a milestone for our city as an international congress destination,” said Thomas Feda, managing director of the Frankfurt Tourist+Congress Board. Uwe Behm, CEO of Messe Frankfurt, was of a similar opinion: “The international congress business is very important to Messe Frankfurt, with the fair’s two congress centres and vast spatial offerings being readily available to event organisers from around the globe. We hope that we will be able to welcome the association’s members and their functions here in Frankfurt in the near future.”

The Frankfurt Convention Bureau and Messe Frankfurt collaborated closely in realising the event, also receiving support from a highly commited group of sponsors. “The project’s participants have shown once again that they are very willing to work together to promote the conference destination of Frankfurt,” added Jutta Heinrich, Director of the Frankfurt Convention Bureau, and Claudia Delius-Fisher, Director of Congress Frankfurt, the responsible event department of Messe Frankfurt.

Ms Iris Allebrandi, president of the AC Forums, couldn’t agree more: “Our 18th General Assembly and 2017 Annual Meeting have been a great success. Thanks to the support of Messe Frankfurt and the City of Frankfurt am Main, we have experienced a flawless meeting. Our hosts have given us an excellent taste of the hospitality of the city and the professionalism of the congress venues.”


Background information on Congress Frankfurt

Congress Frankfurt is part of Messe Frankfurt Venue GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Messe Frankfurt GmbH. Its activities include marketing Messe Frankfurt’s exhibition grounds for conferences and congresses. Congress Frankfurt offers event organisers customised venue solutions. The venues available to congress organisers on the Messe Frankfurt exhibition grounds include the Congress Center, Festhalle, Forum and Portalhaus, as well as the exhibition halls. In total, there are 80 congress and conference rooms with a capacity of 22,000, as well as additional exhibition areas. The largest room holds 9,500 people, while the large congress hall can accommodate up to 2,200 people with maximum flexibility. The offer is supplemented by Kap Europa another congress building in the neighbouring Europaviertel district.


Background information on the Frankfurt Convention Bureau

The Frankfurt Convention Bureau is a business unit belonging to the Frankfurt Tourist+Congress Board. Its staff are specialised in offering comprehensive advice and a wide variety of services for planning and realising congresses, conferences, seminars, incentives and other types of special events in Frankfurt and the Rhine-Main region. An experienced team of industry experts is ready to support event organisers from beginning to end, whether the task at hand is promoting a congress, finding a suitable location for an evening event or securing reduced-price public transport tickets for conference and congress participants. One of the Convention Bureau’s key business areas is its free room reservation service, which arranges special room allotments for events of every size and variety. The service basically consists of the Frankfurt Convention Bureau pre-booking guest-rooms at hotels of diverse categories, both in Frankfurt and the surrounding region, which are then booked by congress and conference participants individually.

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