The Stuttgart Region – Number One in Sustainability, Culture and Conferences
Fascinating and beautiful, cosmopolitan and charming, traditional and future-oriented – the diversity of the Stuttgart Region makes it worth visiting more than once. Its economy and its culture are equally thriving, and one is often interlinked with the other, as in the case with the world-famous automobile brands that are synonymous with the Stuttgart Region (think Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, among others).
There’s something to gratify all the senses here. Brilliant achievements are evident at every turn. Castles and palaces bear witness to a great past, and bold, futuristic architecture showcases an equally great present. The fine arts have always been given ample room to flourish, and many visitors are astonished at the wealth of outstanding gems that the Stuttgart Region has to offer. The regional cuisine also has much to delight, and the famous Württemberg wines are the ideal accompaniment to its specialities.
This wealth of culture has a significant influence on the success of the conference and congress sector, presenting an endless range of possibilities for exceptional event programmes or incentives.
With its 2012 City of Culture rankings, the Hamburg Institute of International Economics, on behalf of Berenberg Bank, chose Stuttgart from among Germany’s 30 largest metropolises as the top city of culture. The award acknowledges the state capital’s wide range of first-class cultural options, including its art museums, orchestras, music festivals, architecture, theatres, the world-famous Stuttgart Ballet, and the award-winning Stuttgart Opera. This wealth of culture has a significant influence on the success of the conference and congress sector, presenting an endless range of possibilities for exceptional event programmes or incentives.
Consequently, Stuttgart is becoming increasingly competitive and attractive as a conference and congress destination. Events organised around the theme of sustainability are particularly popular. Event organisers have access to countless congress venues and hotels that have implemented sustainability strategies. These include the International Congress Center Stuttgart / Messe Stuttgart, the Kultur und Kongresszentrum Liederhalle (Culture & Congress Centre), and the congress centres Filderhalle, Filharmonie, Neckar Forum, CC Stadtgarten, the Parkhotel Stuttgart Messe-Airport, Mövenpick Hotel Stuttgart-Airport, Pullman Stuttgart Fontana, Maritim Hotel, Steigenberger Hotel, and Le Méridien Stuttgart. >
A survey conducted by the magazine Wirtschaftswoche in June 2012 confirmed Stuttgart’s leading position as Germany’s most sustainable city and therefore also the congress destination with the highest degree of sustainability. Stuttgart achieves higher-than-average results among Germany’s 50 largest cities in every category: economic strength, environment, human capital, social affairs, energy and transport, and transparency and commitment.
The Stuttgart Convention Bureau, a department of Stuttgart Marketing GmbH and the Regional Stuttgart Marketing- und Tourismus GmbH, is the most important impartial point of contact for event organisers from companies, associations and institutions as well as for event agencies. It provides a wealth of free services, and thanks to its close cooperation with the Wirtschaftsförderung Region Stuttgart GmbH (Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation), the Stuttgart Convention Bureau has excellent contacts with regional networks.