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January 28, 2011

Messe Berlin at a glance

Based on a turnover of approximately 217 million euros in 2010 Messe Berlin is among the world’s ten leading trade fair companies operating their own exhibition grounds. The halls on its inner-city Exhibition Grounds cover 160,000 square metres, with an additional outdoor area measuring 100,000 square metres, making this the fifth largest trade fair company in Germany. In 2010 foreign visitors to the trade fairs and congresses organized by Messe Berlin spent approximately two billion euros in the capital and its surrounding region.

Structurally and in terms of organization the Exhibition Grounds are directly linked with Europe’s largest congress centre, the ICC Berlin. This arrangement is ideal for combining congresses and trade fairs. The international conferences held in the ICC Berlin have resulted in the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) ranking Berlin fourth among the world’s leading congress venues.

Together with its specialist subsidiaries Messe Berlin GmbH is able to ensure a comprehensive range of services for everyone involved in trade fairs:

The fully owned subsidiary MB Capital Services GmbH provides all the services required by exhibitors, visitors, congress organizers and participants. Its main business activities include stand construction services, technical services for exhibitors, ticket sales, registration, incoming services, sponsorship, event management and all the organizational arrangements for congresses (www.mb-capital-services.de). The Virtual Market Place, a unique virtual communication and information platform open to customers and business partners the whole year round, is also managed by MB Capital Services GmbH. The Virtual Market Place is easy to find by logging on to the Messe Berlin website at www.messe-berlin.com.

Capital Facility GmbH und Co. KG provides technical services for trade fairs and congresses in Berlin (email: neumann@capital-facility.de).

Capital Catering GmbH operates the many different catering facilities on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds, such as the Palais am Funkturm and the Funkturm Restaurant, as well as supplying everyone attending conferences at the ICC Berlin with everything from snacks to sumptuous gala dinners. If required, CCG can organize and hold elegant gala dinners, buffets and balls and can arrange comprehensive catering services (www.capital-catering.com).

Turnover of the Messe Berlin

group of companies in 2010:          217 million euros

Employees:                                       500

Trade fairs / exhibitions in 2010:    66 events, including 27 in-house events attended by approx. 31,000 exhibitors and 2.54 million visitors

Congresses and    530 conferences and shows, with guest entertainment      attendance totalling approximately 240,000. events:                 According to the ICCA Berlin ranks fourth among the    world’s congress venues; World Travel Award awarded to ICC for the sixth time.                                                    

Leading international trade fairs: ITB Berlin – International Tourism Exchange; IFA CONSUMER ELECTRONICS UNLIMITED; IGW – International Green Week Berlin; FRUIT LOGISTICA – the World of Fresh Produce; bautec – International Trade Fair for Building and Construction Technology; ILA – International Aerospace Exhibition and Conferences in Berlin/Brandenburg; InnoTrans – International Trade Fair for Transport Technology

New trade fairs: FRESHCONEX – International Trade Fair for Fresh Produce Convenience; conhIT, Connecting Healthcare IT; 2011 – premiere of Public Transport / Interiors and VELOBerlin.

Additional information on Messe Berlin is available on the web at www.messe-berlin.com.

11.1.2011