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Hamburg to host international IATA aviation convention

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The fifth World Passenger Symposium (WPS) of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) – the international umbrella organisation for airlines – will be held in Hamburg from 20 to 22 October 2015. The upcoming event once again demonstrates Hamburg’s relevance within the international aviation industry.

The IATA World Passenger Symposium is an event that is unparalleled in the world: it aims to strengthen and represent the needs of passengers in cooperation with industry representatives along the international aviation industry's entire value chain. The WPS is considered to be one of the leading events for airlines, airports, travel agencies and air cargo handling services. It is the only aviation industry event that addresses industrial standards and features pioneers from the aviation industry. Last year, around 650 international delegates attended the IATA conference in San Diego, California.

Taking place for the fifth time, the symposium will focus on cooperation in the entire aviation industry. This includes, among other things, recent changes in the areas of sales, customer experience and airport design. The event aims to support networking, knowledge transfer and mutual exchange within the aviation industry.

The Hamburg Convention Bureau GmbH (HCB) has played a major role in the successful acquisition of this convention: the HCB initiated successful talks between IATA and the WorldTEK agency, checked availability of venues and hotels, and established contacts with local partners and service providers. Furthermore, the HCB served as the clients' first port of call and also organised site inspections in Hamburg.

Thorsten Kausch, managing director of the Hamburg Convention Bureau GmbH (HCB) and the Hamburg Marketing GmbH (HMG) commented: "By hosting such a prestigious conference, Hamburg demonstrates its relevance for the international aviation industry. With the IATA World Passenger Symposium, Hamburg hosts an event that will hugely benefit the city's economic clusters and create immediate value for the location. The decision in favour of Hamburg confirms our acquisition approach of placing a firm focus on clusters."

Franz Josef Kirschfink, managing director of Hamburg Aviation, stated: "Hamburg's aviation cluster is pleased to host a conference of the IATA confederation in our city. This event fits perfectly to Hamburg: the city is the world's third largest centre for the civil aviation industry, and its core competencies include cabin and air transport systems. The successful acquisition of the event is also the result of excellent collaboration between Hamburg Aviation, the Hamburg Convention Bureau and Hamburg Airport."