Association and Conference Forum 2017 in Frankfurt am Main

Frankfurt Convention Bureau and Messe Frankfurt welcome European congress decision-makers

Congress Center Frankfurt Outside View
Congress Center Frankfurt Outside View - © Ingo_Bach

After Barcelona in 2015 and Copenhagen in 2016, Frankfurt am Main is the chosen destination for AC Forum’s next annual general assembly, which runs from 19 to 21 January 2017. AC Forum is Europe’s only networking platform for scientific associations with in-house congress staff.


The hundred or so participants of the AC Forum 2017 organize annually around 100 congresses with over 250,000 participants. The majority are medical congresses, but membership is open to other disciplines, too.This annual meeting provides an opportunity for the members, drawn primarily from senior management or else conference managers, to exchange experiences and information.


The Frankfurt Convention Bureau and Congress Frankfurt, the department of Messe Frankfurt that markets the exhibition grounds for meetings and conventions, acquired the event jointly. The close working relationship and mutual trust of the two partners were decisive factors in the success of the application. “For Frankfurt, this represents a wonderful opportunity to allow congress decision-makers to experience first-hand the advantages of our destination,” says Jutta Heinrich, Director of the Frankfurt Convention Bureau. Adds Claudia Delius-Fischer, the Director of Congress Frankfurt: “The additive possibilities for congresses on the premises of Messe Frankfurt, with the Congress Center, the Festhalle and the exhibition halls offer the big association congresses the ideal playing field for their complex requirements.” Both are convinced that the event will contribute towards pushing Frankfurt am Main still further up the European rankings as a congress destination.

Background information on Congress Frankfurt

Congress Frankfurt is part of Messe Frankfurt Venue GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Messe Frankfurt GmbH. Its activities include marketing Messe Frankfurt’s exhibition grounds for conferences and congresses. Congress Frankfurt offers event organisers customised venue solutions. The venues available to congress organisers on the Messe Frankfurt exhibition grounds include the Congress Center, Festhalle, Forum and Portalhaus, as well as the exhibition halls. In total, there are 80 congress and conference rooms with a capacity of 22,000, as well as additional exhibition areas. The largest room holds 9,500 people, while the large congress hall can accommodate up to 2,200 people with maximum flexibility. The offer is supplemented by Kap Europa another congress building in the neighbouring Europaviertel district.


Background information on the Frankfurt Convention Bureau

The Frankfurt Convention Bureau is a business unit belonging to the Frankfurt Tourist+Congress Board. Its staff are specialised in offering comprehensive advice and a wide variety of services for planning and realising congresses, conferences, seminars, incentives and other types of special events in Frankfurt and the Rhine-Main region. An experienced team of industry experts is ready to support event organisers from beginning to end, whether the task at hand is promoting a congress, finding a suitable location for an evening event or securing reduced-price public transport tickets for conference and congress participants. One of the Convention Bureau’s key business areas is its free room reservation service, which arranges special room allotments for events of every size and variety. The service basically consists of the Frankfurt Convention Bureau pre-booking guest-rooms at hotels of diverse categories, both in Frankfurt and the surrounding region, which are then booked by congress and conference participants individually.