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German Convention Bureau opens China office

As a key part of the German Convention Bureau’s (GCB) plans to step up its efforts in the international meetings market and specifically in China, the GCB has appointed Henghong Yang to head its new Beijing office, which opened Sept. 1.

This new China office joins as the second international location of the GCB (headquartered in Frankfurt), along with its New York City office that covers the U.S. and Canadian meetings markets.
Yang will offer his extensive experience in marketing European destinations in the China market through his previous work for the Austrian National Tourist Office and Switzerland Tourism. He also worked in the MICE practice, and other areas, at tour operator China CYTS.

This latest development with the GCB in China builds on initial marketing and outreach work done with its strategic partner, the German National Tourist Board (GNTB) in 2014, including media interviews, education tours and an online training class, which has been completed by more than 1,000 Chinese planners and meetings professionals to date.

With Yang’s joining the GCB, Chinese planners and partners will now be able to fully enjoy all of the benefits that a local GCB office provides including knowledgeable and extensive support that addresses the specific needs, requirements and guidelines of local meetings markets. For example, more and more companies and associations in China are looking to place events in locations that correspond with their fields of interest such as automotive, pharmaceutical & health, technology, energy and much more, which lines up with the GCB’s industries expertise strategy. This synergy can lead to even more meetings potential for Germany, as the two countries have strong business ties and Chinese meetings in Germany are on the rise.

“Approximately 16 percent of all outbound trips taken by Chinese travelers in 2014 were business trips. Of the Chinese travelers who visited Germany, 32 percent came on business. A long-term marketing strategy is required to tap into this huge and ever-growing potential,” explained Petra Hedorfer, CEO of the GNTB and chair of the Board of Directors of the GCB.

“Our new team member Mr. Yang brings just the experience we need to solidify our marketing and relationship development work in China. The Chinese market holds great promise, and we are delighted to have the office up and running under Mr. Yang’s leadership,” added Matthias Schultze, managing director, GCB.

Further information is available at www.germany-meetings.com.

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