Hamburg - a hub for maritime eventsHamburg - a hub for maritime events

Germany’s largest seaport, Hamburg, will become the hub of the international maritime industry when it hosts Europe’s leading congress and trade show for the cruise industry.

Seatrade Europe, takes place at Hamburg Messe, 6-8 September.

Hamburg Cruise Days, the biggest public cruise festival in the world, will be held in conjunction with the trade show, making the city the biggest international stage for the cruise industry.

Around 5,000 visitors are expected at the trade show, which will bring together senior buyers, planners and key decision-makers from Europe’s ocean and river cruise lines.

The biennial event has 250 exhibitors from more than 50 nations, including shipbuilders, tour organisers, interior outfitters and entertainment specialists.

Other cruise events are also being held in conjunction with Seatrade Europe including the Cruise Lines International Association‘s Port & Destination Summit.

Florian Gerdes, marketing manager Conventions at Hamburg Convention Bureau, said: “The combination of these cruise industry mega events ensures Hamburg will, once again, be the biggest global stage for the cruise industry. Germany’s second largest city is the ideal venue for maritime events – many global players from the industry have their European headquarters in the city. Hamburg‘s long-established links with Asia, notably China, and the Baltic states make the city an international meeting point for decision-makers.“

Shipbuilding, the marine equipment industry, marine engineering, port management, shipping, marine research and offshore wind energy form a key economic cluster in Hamburg which, along with leading associations, universities and institutions, attract meetings and events to the city.

Last year the city hosted the Annual conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists and the International Conference on Ships and Offshore Structures, amongst others.

A record 200 cruise ships are expected in Hamburg this year, carrying around 800,000 passengers.