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The German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) has voted in March in favour of Hamburg as the official German nominee for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The north German city of Hamburg prevailed over Berlin and aims to present games with short distances, on the water and in the heart of Europe's second largest port.

In recent years, Hamburg / Germany has become an international hotspot for the cruise industry. This September the north German port city will bundle its cruise-themed events: based on the motto "Hamburg welcomes you on board", both the general public and professionals from the cruise sector are invited to join the ten-day programme of events in Hamburg from 04 September to 13 September 2015.

When jazz meets the north German waterfront, this results in a unique crossover experience in the breathtaking setting of Hamburg’s port. At the 2015 ELBJAZZ Festival on 29 & 30 May 2015, more than 50 artists from around the world will be jazzing it up in ten exceptional venues with a distinctive maritime flair – ranging from cargo vessels to the Blohm + Voss shipyard.

From 13 to 17 March 2015, some of the world's toughest startup competitions will take place at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. Only a few entrepreneurs have the potential to be successful in this major league of digital business ideas. The biggest single contingent of European startups will come from Hamburg.

With the launch of the new website www.healthcare-hamburg.com, the north German city of Hamburg is presenting a comprehensive information and service portal directed at health tourists from the Arab countries. The “Hamburg Healthcare” campaign is being launched during the “Arab Health” in Dubai, the world’s largest healthcare exhibition.

Construction works on the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg’s spectacular new concert hall, are proceeding swiftly. The public Plaza will be opened in November 2016, and the remaining cranes are in the process of being dismantled. The amazing architecture of this new concert hall is now fully visible for the first time.

Today the German port city of Hamburg launched its 2014 CHINA TIME programme. The opening ceremony was attended by Hamburg's First Mayor, Olaf Scholz, and Chinese Consul General, Yang Huiqun. Up until 23 November, the city is showcasing its strong ties with China. More than 200 events will convey a diverse picture of traditional and contemporary China, highlighting the close relationship between Hamburg and China.

Taking place on 10 and 11 October 2014 at the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, this year’s “Hamburg Summit: China meets Europe” especially stands out for its high-ranking participants: China’s premier Li Keqiang will be meeting leading EU officials and will be holding the main keynote speech at this major Sino-European economic summit. With the Hamburg Summit, the city is consolidating its position as China’s gateway to European trade. 

“Innovative drive and a pioneering spirit are indispensable in an industry like the renewable energies industry – and these are our strengths in Hamburg and throughout Germany. The German Renewables Award is a particularly good reflection of the inspiration and passion with which smart people in our country devote themselves to a clean and sustainable future,” said Frank Horch, Hamburg’s Minister for Economics, Transport and Innovation

Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy and Vice-Chancellor of Germany is to open WindEnergy Hamburg on Monday evening, 22 September. The leading wind industry fair will be held in Hamburg for the first time from 23 to 26 September.