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28.07.2016 Frankfurt Exhibition Grounds: Home of the International Motor Show, the Frankfurt Book Fair, IMEX and ACHEMA and a leading venue for congresses, conferences, concerts and many other kinds of events

Located at the heart of a major European business centre, the Frankfurt exhibition grounds meet all the key requirements for trade fairs as well as offering extensive facilities for special events, conferences and congresses.

Many prominent international guest events have been held in Frankfurt for decades, for example the International Motor Show (IAA), the Frankfurt Book Fair, IMEX and ACHEMA. At the same time, these are being joined by a constant stream of new events such as international pharmaceutical industry fair CPhI Worldwide and the World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, with over 4,000 specialists from 141 countries, which was held in Germany for the second time in 2014.

The international character and broad scope of these events make them a valuable addition to the city’s trade fair portfolio, reflecting the wide variety of themes and the diverse requirements involved in hosting events.

The Frankfurt exhibition grounds are also ideal for congresses and conferences. Congress Frankfurt offers organisers three highly flexible venues for their events: the Congress Centre, the Forum and the Festhalle. With over 500 rooms, the four-star plus Maritim Hotel adjoins the Congress Centre, allowing organisers to hold congresses and exhibitions and to accommodate guests – all under one roof.

In this way, the congress business has established itself as a key component of Messe Frankfurt’s business. Since June 2014, a further congress centre – Kap Europa – has been in operation in the neighbouring Europaviertel district, right next to the Skyline Plaza shopping centre. This has allowed Messe Frankfurt to expand its facilities for congresses, conferences and other events with up to 2,400 participants. On a total of four event levels, it has a hall for 1,000 people, a divisible hall for 600 people and twelve further conference rooms. Whereas the Congress Center located on the exhibition grounds is ideal for large events requiring a great deal of space, Kap Europa is perfect for smaller gatherings and events with its plenary halls and large number of smaller rooms. This will secure the new venue a place in the upper echelons of the congress and conference business.

Messe Frankfurt’s event portfolio ranges from concerts and shows to company, sporting and gala events and from exhibitions to exchange marts. A historically significant venue for all major events is the Festhalle, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2009. In its centennial year, the Festhalle played host not only to traditional events such as the Festhalle Riding Tournament, the final stage of the Frankfurt Marathon and concerts by international pop and rock stars, but also to the German Gymnastics Festival for the fifth time ever.

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Background information on Messe Frankfurt

Messe Frankfurt is one of the world’s leading trade fair organisers, generating around €648 million in sales and employing 2,244 people. The Messe Frankfurt Group has a global network of 30 subsidiaries and 55 international Sales Partners, allowing it to serve its customers on location in 175 countries. Messe Frankfurt events take place at approx. 50 locations around the globe. In 2015, Messe Frankfurt organised a total of 133 trade fairs, of which more than half took place outside Germany.
Comprising an area of 592,127 square metres, Messe Frankfurt’s exhibition grounds are home to ten exhibition halls. The company also operates two congress centres.The historic Festhalle, one of the most popular venues in Germany, plays host to events of all kinds.Messe Frankfurt is publicly owned, with the City of Frankfurt holding 60 percent and the State of Hesse 40 percent.
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