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June 24, 2015

Messe Berlin takes a stand against homophobia and transphobia

Berlin, 24 June 2015 - To mark the holding of Pride Week, seven days of events against homophobia and transphobia and the upcoming 37th Christopher Street Day, Messe Berlin is sending out a clear message in support of respect and tolerance. For the first time the capital’s trade fair company will be raising the rainbow flag above Messedamm in a symbolic display of what has long become corporate practice.

Dr Christian Göke, CEO Messe Berlin GmbH: “As a company on the global stage we receive business partners, customers, exhibitors and visitors from around the world. Messe Berlin is a cosmopolitan marketplace and represents the German capital. It is only natural that everyone in the company should be respected regardless of their gender, nationality, ethnic background, faith, ideology, disabilities, age, sexuality or identity.

Messe Berlin is represented with a wide range of products and services on many markets, and it is this diversity that is mirrored by the company itself. Messe Berlin is a signatory to the Diversity Charter and a member of the Alliance against Homophobia. With its Gay & Lesbian Travel segment at ITB Berlin, the world’s largest travel trade show, Messe Berlin has for many years organised the world’s largest exhibition and conference platform for LGBT tourism.

About Messe Berlin

In 2014, achieved a new turnover record of more than 269 million euros, Messe Berlin concluded its most successful financial year in the company's entire history. Based on turnover and growth, Messe Berlin is one of the world’s ten leading trade fair companies operating their own exhibition grounds. The company’s wide-ranging portfolio includes five global brands: the International Green Week Berlin, ITB Berlin/ITB Asia, IFA, InnoTrans and Fruit Logistica Berlin/Hong Kong. In addition to its in-house workforce of more than 700, through its activities Messe Berlin secures employment for around 25,000 people. As such, Berlin and Brandenburg are among the largest employers as well as a driving force of the local economy and tourism. Every year 30,000 media representatives from Germany and abroad report on events in Berlin. In terms of the media coverage it attracts Messe Berlin is one of the capital’s most important ambassadors.