Though MPI headquarters is located in Dallas, we are constantly connecting with different countries and customs to bring world-class content to our more than 23,000 members. Needless to say, we get to meet some extremely interesting individuals and learn more about cities that we never get to visit as individuals. For me, one of those locations is Düsseldorf, Germany.
Düsseldorf has been a pleasure to work with over the past couple of months and I decided to learn a little more about our next host city via Edita Blaha, Director of Marketing and Communications for the DüsseldorfCongress.
What was the first major event planned in the city?
Well that’s a difficult question as Düsseldorf was appointed a city in 1288 and has since become a centre of commerce, services and communications renowned all over the world. Since the mid-19th century important industrial exhibitions have taken place in Düsseldorf on a regular basis.
Every year Düsseldorf hosts a constant stream of first-class events. Be it the carnival celebrations that are traditional to the Rhine region, the largest fun-fair on the banks of the River Rhein, the Japan Day, the Christmas Market or concerts, shows, sports events and international conferences.
Our city is very unique. Düsseldorf is the capital of the most populous of the sixteen German states and marries considerable economic prominence and excellent infrastructure with the flair of an extremely diverse, experience-packed lifestyle city.
What is the coolest feature of the conference center?
Since 2009, the CCD Congress Center Düsseldorf passed through a comprehensive programme of modernisation and alteration. We now boast a variety of new features resulting from this refurbishment. We have two ultra-modern charging stations for mobile phones, a business lounge and a garden lounge. The business lounge offers meeting facilities, eight fully equipped PC workplaces, further Internet connections and a fixed plasma screen. Combined with the garden lounge, this provides visitors with an agreeable balance between efficient work and relaxing recreation.
And what are you looking forward to experiencing during EMEC?
For us, the conference is an outstanding platform to highlight Düsseldorf’s merits as a destination for all the event planners participating, and indeed all the members organised in the global association, and hence to generate further conventions, meetings and events for our city. We are confident that MPI guests will feel very much at home here. We invite all meeting professionals most cordially to join us in Düsseldorf at EMEC 2011 and experience the Rhinelanders’ proverbial hospitality live for themselves.
Looking forward to learning more about our host city in 2011? Looking to register? Find more information here.