Welcome back to On Location! This time we turn our attention to Germany and our friends at [time change].
With seven offices spread across Germany, Austria, Denmark and Switzerland, this boutique agency has showcased the best of the region to the world since 2013. While they offer classic meetings and events services, this unconventional DMC goes above and beyond for clients by providing the most state of the art event technology, designing events to achieve specific Return-On-Investment goals and offering communications and research services as well.
The team’s international meetings and events practice is lead by Maika Mardini, 15 year veteran of the meetings and events industry who combines her experience, connections and knowhow with the fresh and unorthodox approach of [time change] to provide exceptional results for clients.
In the article below, we take a look at just a few of the destinations located within Germany and highlight some examples of work the talented team at [time change] does within them.
Known as the maritime capital of the north, life in Hamburg revolves around the Elbe river and is filled with waterside promenades, beautiful architecture, authentic German ambiance and a cosmopolitan spirit. The bustling port is the heart of the city, where boat tours are the primary attraction for visitors. Past the port is Old Town, where 17th century townhouses, trademark angular buildings and generational restaurants and bars can be found. Meanwhile, the nearby Speicherstadt district is a UNESCO World Heritige site right next to the city’s most iconic structure- the Elbe Philharmonic Hall, the striking concert hall overlooking the river.
A recent German association client that chose Hamburg for their meeting had the pleasure of experiencing both classic and exclusive experiences in the city. In addition to social programs that included a guided tour of the harbor and visit to the Elbphilharmonic, the group conducted their gala dinner inside of the impressive Hamburg City Hall.
In many ways, Munich is Germany’s lifestyle capital. From chic shopping destinations to the picturesque beer gardens that dot the city, it pairs an energized and fun-loving spirit with a captivating scene at every turn. Iconic sites like Marienplatz, the Town Hall Glockenspiel, and the various museums throughout the city add to the sense of history felt in Munich, while the hometown team Bayern Munich keeps the city buzzing at all times.
Last year, a South African bank and their agency The Winners Group contracted [time change] to organize a incentive trip that treated their top performers with a visit to the city for Oktoberfest, with all transportation, excursions and tours for the 130 attendees handled by the DMC and the festival the ultimate highlight of the trip.
While the history of and the famous landmarks within the German capital speak for itself, there are plenty of surprises for groups to find in Berlin too. The Brandenburg Gate remains the city’s most recognizable attraction, but visitors would be remiss to miss the sophisticated art galleries, museum island, Charlottenburg palace, Reichstag building, Gerndarmenmarkt Square, as well as, Berlin’s newest landmark, The Humboldt Forum in the rebuilt Berlin Palace. Meanwhile, areas like the Hackesche Hofe complex offer a taste of Berlins social scene with art galleries, cinemas, theatres, restaurants, bars, cabaret, boutique shops and more. Last but certainly not least, the brand new international airport in Berlin, BER, promises to increase the international popularity of this destination post-pandemic.
Most recently, a pharmaceutical company had their entire group trip to a large medical convention organized by [time change], with side meetings, dinners, transportation and conference registration for all 700 attendees handled by the DMC.
The western region of Germany, which is home to city’s such as Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Frankfurt, is a hot spot for conventions, thanks to Germany’s main international airport in Frankfurt, as well as, unique venues like the World Conference Center in Bonn. However, that is far from the only draw in the region for groups. From the festive and joyous atmosphere of Cologne, to the fashion capital of Germany in Düsseldorf, and the urban modernity of Frankfurt, the sites and sounds to be found along the Rhine and Main rivers are diverse and plentiful.
Last year, a German home improvement company was able to hold their conference within the former German Parliament in Bonn, now known as the World Conference Center, conduct a large gala dinner at the Maritim Hotel Bonn and enjoy many breakout sessions for the 450 employees, upper management and shareholders in attendance for its major announcement thanks to [time change].