Activities of the KONGRESSINITIATIVE MS
Münster Congress Award 2014
Premiere for the Münster Congress Award
The KONGRESSINITIATIVE MS gives award to two Münster scientists
There will be a little bit of an Oscars atmosphere on 15th May in Erbdrostenhof, when the red carpet is rolled out for the premiere of the Münster Congress Award. With the awarding of the prize, the KONGRESSINITIATIVE MS will for the first time be honouring stakeholders who have brought outstanding conventions and conferences to Münster and have rendered outstanding services as ambassadors of the city, locally, nationally and internationally. "With the Congress Award we are thanking the organisers, who have, with great dedication, contributed to increasing Münster’s profile as a site for congresses. The prize is also intended, however, to be an incentive for all stakeholders in the industry to bring congresses and conventions to Münster," said Mayor Markus Lewe. In the KONGRESSINITIATIVE MS, ten members have been championing Münster as a congress site since 2001. These are: DEHOGA Westfalen (Westphalia branch of the German Hotel and Restaurant Association), Münster University of Applied Sciences, Münster/Osnabrück International Airport, Messe und Congress Centrum Halle Münsterland, North Westphalia Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Münsterland e.V., Stadtwerke Münster, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Wirtschaftsförderung Münster and Münster Marketing. The initiative is managed by the congress office of Münster Marketing.
This year, two professors from Münster can rejoice over the award, which is accompanied by 1,500 Euro of prize money:
Prof. Christian Fischer, Chairman of the International Centre for the Study of Giftedness (ICBF) of the WWU, the Radboud University Nijmegen and the University of Osnabrück, will be receiving the prize for his education congresses and symposia, which he has been organising regularly in Münster since 2003 and especially for the "13th International ECHA (European Council for High Ability) Conference" held in 2012. He successfully brought this international conference with over 1,000 experts from 43 countries to Münster, after venues such as Prague and Paris. He has thus increased Münster’s profile as a conference city and drawn attention to Münster as a city of science and education.
Prof. Dr. Joachim Gardemann, Director of the Centre of Excellence for Humanitarian Aid at the Münster University of Applied Sciences, will be honoured for his "Münster Congress on Humanitarian Aid". Since 2011 he has been bringing practitioners of international aid organisations such as the German Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders and THW together with representatives from politics and society to the city of the Peace of Westphalia. The congress has established itself as a central platform for the dialogue between science and practice in the field of humanitarian aid, with a national profile and which has the support of the Foreign Office as a cooperation partner.
A panel of representatives of the ten congress initiative members has chosen the prize-winners, reported Bernadette Spinnen, Director of Münster Marketing and Spokeswoman of the KONGRESSINITIATIVE MS. Criteria for the choice included, among other things, the aspects of internationality, sustainability and the profile of Münster as a city of science and lifestyle. The basis was the congresses of 2012 and 2013 that the congress office of Münster Marketing had supported. From these roughly 400 congresses, twelve made it onto a shortlist, from which two prize-winners then came out on top. "Although the award can only be awarded to two winners, the focus should be upon the dedication of all of those involved, who bring congresses and conventions to Münster and hold them here," emphasises Bernadette Spinnen. She is particularly happy that two scientists have been honoured at the premiere, "after all, two thirds of all congresses in Münster are generated by science. This makes a substantial contribution towards increasing our profile as regards science and lifestyle."
Convention and business travellers make a substantial contribution to the good tourism results and account for more than half of guest arrivals. “It is estimated that approx. 60 percent of the arrivals and nights stayed are from the convention and business travel segment. This applies in particular to international guests,” says the Director of Münster Marketing. An example calculation shows how worthwhile a thriving congress industry is for the whole site of Münster. According to the German Economic Institute for Tourism (dwif), an overnight guest in Münster, during a two-day stay, spends an average of 166 Euros per day, whereas the average daily visitor spends 38 Euros. Based upon these figures, the congresses looked after by the congress office of Münster Marketing in 2013 generated a turnover of approx. 12.3 million Euro for Münster.