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Berlin in ‘careful opening’ of indoor and outdoor business events

The Berlin business events industry is resuscitating the meetings and conferences industry, allowing outdoor events of up to 500 participants from 16 June.

Commercial and private indoor events with up to 150 participants were allowed from the beginning of June. At the end of the month, events with up to 300 participants can take place.

Events with more than 1,000 participants will remain prohibited until the 31 August 2020. Larger events with more than 5,000 participants are prohibited until the 24 October 2020.

“The congress business and hospitality are important for Berlin – economically and culturally. I am pleased that we can take further steps to open up the event and hospitality industry. They give planning certainty to the industries. Careful opening is important for those entrepreneurs who have been hard hit by the corona pandemic in the long term. The crisis is not over yet. I am counting on the shared responsibility of all actors to do justice to health protection,” Ramona Pop , senator for economics, energy and business said.

According to Burkhard Kieker , managing director of visitBerlin, events with up to 100 people are the decisive lever for the Berlin industry. “The decision is an important impetus for the city and gives the congress industry in Berlin a perspective again.”

To ensure that hygiene and safety protocols are a top priority, visitBerlin is working with visitBerlin Convention Partner e.V. and the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises to develop a guide to safe events during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Berlin currently ranks third in the worldwide congress ranking of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). In 2018, they were in fifth place, so the city is keen to maintain this upward momentum in the business events arena.

With 2.63 billion sales in 2018 and more than 44,000 full-time jobs guaranteed, the market for conferences, meetings and congresses is an important economic factor for Berlin. In 2018, around 12 million participants attended around 143,390 events in Berlin. More than 75 per cent of the events are small conferences and meetings with fewer than 100 participants.

Online seminar

An online seminar to discuss hygiene and safety protocols at Berlin business events is set for 16 June at 10am – 11am (BST) and 16 June at 9.30am – 10.30am (EST).

Registration: Please send an e-mail to convention@visitBerlin.de, stating which event you would like to participate in. After your registration you will receive the link to the event. Please note that the number of participants is limited.