The trade fair with a big boost

The hallmark of a successful trade fair is its ability to bring markets and people together in an efficient and highly professional manner. Whether you’re an exhibitor, a visitor or an organizer of trade fairs or other events, we’ve got all the expertise you need. Our about 80 trade fairs in Germany and all over the world are trade fairs for your business success. The current trade fair program presents leading global trade fairs for 25 sectors. Take advantage of our inspiring and efficient communication platforms at trade fairs, conferences, meetings or events – and give your business a big boost. Events “made by Koelnmesse” are a promise of top quality. We consistently invest in enhancing our quality in all the areas that are important for you.

The Foundation of the Trade Fair

In the early 1920s, Cologne’s Lord Mayor Konrad Adenauer was the driving force behind the foundation of a trade fair company in Cologne. The construction of the fairgrounds was estimated to cost 150 million German marks. It took another two years before the first spring fair opened its gates on May 11, 1924 at the new Köln-Deutz fairgrounds in the presence of then President of the Reich, Friedrich Ebert, and Chancellor of the Reich, Wilhelm Marx. This first fair event in Cologne was not just a complete success, it also established the reputation of the new fair as a top fair location.

Cologne as a business location

Germany’s fourth-largest city is also the centre of Europe’s biggest economic cluster and a hub of the European transport network. It offers you unique global connections: around 180 million Europeans are only an hour away by plane and they generate about 40 per-cent of Europe’s entire GDP. The Cologne region is home to companies from the insurance and financial sectors as well as the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. In addition to being the leading centre of the automotive industry, it has nine TV stations, 100 TV studios, production firms, newspaper companies and book publishers – making it the top location for media and the games industry.

Exciting and cosmopolitan

Cologne’s real hallmark is the people who live here. Tolerant, cosmopolitan and hospitable, they give this cathedral city its special flair. And this metropolis of one million inhabitants also fascinates visitors with its cultural offerings. There’s a wealth of museums, theatres and art galleries. And you can sample the “Cologne way of life” in the city’s many restaurants, pubs and breweries. Whichever part of the world you’re coming from, Cologne offers you an attractive business environment and many ways to relax after a busy and successful day at the fair.

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