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The Media Relations Team of Hamburg Marketing GmbH offers comprehensive information and content for media representatives, journalists and bloggers. Our media services include texts, features, listicles, story ideas, photos, videos, television footage,  as well as related links. What is more, we establish relevant contact, organise press trips and provide comprehensive research services relating to core topics from the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. Our press section is updated on a regular basis, supplying you with latest news and interesting stories from Hamburg.

Upon consultation, our press articles, features and dossiers from the fields of tourism, business, culture and city life can be used free of charge for press purposes. Photos and videos available on our Media Server can be used free of charge for the purpose of editorial coverage .

If you have questions regarding any of the core topics, please do not hesitate to contact our team - we look forward to your ideas and projects.

Latest press releases

Hamburg presents highlights of 2017 cruise season at ITB trade fair in Berlin

In addition to the opening of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg almost two months ago, cruise lining certainly plays a central role for Hamburg’s 2017 tourism year. In September, highlights will include the Hamburg Cruise Days, Europe’s biggest public cruise festival, and Seatrade Europe, which will be held shortly prior to the festival. In the forerun to these events, there will be various other occasions for visiting Hamburg – the cruise hotspot in Northern Germany. These include the traditional HAFENGEBURTSTAG port festival as well as several premiering ship arrivals and ship launching ceremonies, e.g. with TUI Cruise’s “Mein Schiff 6”. Hamburg is expecting more than 200 cruise ship arrivals with around 800,000 passengers in 2017.

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Hamburg’s tourism sector is booming and offers opportunities for hotel investment

Hamburg to present itself as a real estate location at MIPIM Cannes. About two months ago, the opening of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg – the spectacular concert hall in the heart of the port that also includes a Westin hotel – brought Hamburg to the front pages of the world's leading media. Hamburg, the port city in Northern Germany, thus became one of the world's must-see tourist destinations of the year. Booming tourism, a pent-up demand in the convention and congress market, ongoing economic momentum and major investments in research and development make Hamburg one of the most attractive European locations for hotel investment.

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Hamburg hugely popular among German and international guests

A major boost for Hamburg: in 2016, Hamburg recorded a total of 6.6 million visitors and 13.3 million overnight stays. Compared with the previous year, this result corresponds to an increase of 5.5 percent or 692,000 overnight stays, respectively. For the 15th consecutive time, Hamburg has exceeded its previous year’s results. The average occupancy rate for the year 2016 amounted to 79.6 percent.

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Culture at its finest: Deichtorhallen Hamburg to present “Elbphilharmonie Revisited”

Hamburg is packed with cultural highlights: the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg was officially opened on 11 and 12 January 2017 to great celebration and now forms the new heart of Hamburg, the music hub in Northern Germany. And from 10 February 2017, the Deichtorhallen Hamburg will be presenting their exhibition “Elbphilharmonie Revisited”, with renowned international artists engaging in their relationship with architecture in general and the Elbphilharmonie building in particular.

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Opening ceremonies for the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

Today, a ceremony and the inaugural concert marked the official opening of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. The concert hall is the new musical heart of the northern German metropolis. The spectacular venue uses its architecture and its programme to combine artistic excellence with the utmost in openness and accessibility. Designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron and perched between the city and the harbour, the Elbphilharmonie unites the former Kaispeicher warehouse with a new glass structure featuring wave-like peaks and valleys on top.

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Europe gets together in Hamburg: meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council

Today and on Friday, over 50 foreign ministers and 1,300 representatives of 57 delegations of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) member states are meeting at the Hamburg exhibition grounds for their Ministerial Council. The event is being hosted by Germany’s Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Due to its international character, Hamburg is the ideal location and will be in the international limelight for two days.

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Sino-European summit with Vice Premier Liu Yandong and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier: Europe and China continue to be strong partners

Today, the “Hamburg Summit – China meets Europe”, the leading Sino-European economic conference, was concluded in Hamburg with a closing lunch and keynote speeches by Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The Hamburg Summit was hosted by the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce. During the two-day conference, some 550 participants – among them 110 Chinese delegates – discussed topics such as economic change in China, collaborations between the EU and China in the area of investments, as well as Brexit’s effects on relations with Europe and Germany.

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Hamburg’s Christmas markets 2016: traditional and nostalgic or colourful and cool

On Monday, 21 November, the 16 Christmas markets in Hamburg’s city centre are opening their gates to the public – contributing to Hamburg’s fame as the north German Christmas capital. No other German Christmas destination offers more variety, ranging from sophisticated and nostalgic markets such as that on the Rathausmarkt, or cool and erotic like the Reeperbahn market to the exclusive market on the Jungfernstieg located directly on the Alster Lake.

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#Jul i Hamburg: coolt, kreativt och digitalt

Tack vare 15 julmarknader, från historiska via digitala till fräcka/oanständiga förvandlas metropolen Hamburg vid Elbe till den tyska julhuvudstaden från den 21 november till den 30 december.

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#Jul i Hamborg: Cool, kreativ – og digital

Med sine 15 julemarkeder med bl.a. historisk, digitalt og frivolt præg forvandles Hamborg til Tysklands julehovedstad nummer et fra 21. november til 30. december.

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Elbphilharmonie: Ode to Joy - Grand Opening Light Show