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Welcome to Berlin
President's Invitation
Board of Directors
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Keynote Speakers
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Owner Orientation
Additional Activities
Social Program
Saturday, June 28
Sunday, June 29
Monday, June 30
Tuesday, July 1
Golf in Berlin
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Getting to Berlin
Welcome to Berlin!
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Social Program

Saturday, June 28: Pre-conference day

Optional: Golf

A Saturday morning of Golf at Stolper Heide

Optional: Berlin City Tours


From 10:00

Experience all of Berlin's main sights in this two hour traditional Berlin City Tour, including “musts” like Brandenburg Gate, KaDeWe, Checkpoint Charlie and the TV Tower. You can hop-on and off the busses from 10:00-18:00 with 16 bus stops all around the city and multi-language guide information on board.

Price: € 15 per person; go to the VisitBerlin website for more information or to pre-purchase your tickets.

The ultimate Berlin ticket: the Berlin WelcomeCard. Find out where you can get discounts and read all about Berlin tours.

Optional: Discover Berlin from the Water


From 10:00

Take a break and relax during a one hour city cruise on the waterways of Berlin with “Reederei Winkler” from station Friedrichstrasse / Am Weidendamm direct to Berlin Cathedral, Museum Island, Seat of the German Government, Government Quarter and House of World Cultures and return. Relax on the sunny upper deck or through one of the large picture windows on the steamer.

Price: € 11,50 per person; go to the VisitBerlin website for more information or to pre-purchase your tickets.


Informal Welcome Reception with Drinks and Cocktail Snacks

17:00–19:00 Meliá Lounge & Bar 

Get into conference mode at an informal get-together with colleagues at the Meliá Lounge & Bar at the Meliá Berlin hotel. Casual dress; drinks and cocktail snacks will be provided.


Sunday June 29: Welcome day

Optional: Berlin Experience!

There’s so much to see and do in Berlin that our hosts have prepared 4 different Berlin Experience programs. Each program will accommodate a limited number of participants so it’s important to indicate the tour of your choice in your conference registration:

World Heritage Site Museum Island – From Ancient History to the 19th Century

Guided walking tour
Departure from the Meliá Hotel: 13:00
Return to the Meliá Hotel: 16:00
Get to know the five museums by walking museum island, an UNESCO world heritage site since 1999:
the Pergamon museum, the Old Museum (Altes Museum), the Old National Gallery (Alte Nationalgalerie), the Bode Museum (former Emperor-Friedrich-Museum) and the New Museum (Neues Museum).

At the same time you will learn more about the constructional development of this unique building complex – the so-called “masterplan” for the area (which will be finished in 2025) connecting the dots between ancient history and 19th century.

Link to Museum Island

Architecture and Lifestyle in the City West

Guided walking tour
Departure by bus from the Meliá Hotel: 13:00
Return to the Meliá Hotel: 16:00

From the stars and writers of the 1920’s to contemporary art, architecture and fashion design of the 21st century – a cultural-historical walking tour from the Kurfürstendamm, known locally as the Ku'damm, is one of the most famous avenues in Berlin, with its large bourgeois mansions and avant-garde buildings done by star architects such as Mäckler, who built the recently opened Waldorf Astoria, Jahn, Gerkan or Kleihues to Kantstraße and Savignyplatz with its Italian flair, where Otto Dix used to live. Then and now, you can find cafés and bistros, antique stores and fashion labels in the area.

Link to City West

Urban Art – Part of the Art Scene!

Guided bicycle tour
Departure by bicycle from the Meliá Hotel: 13:00
Return to the Meliá Hotel: 16:00

Berlin is one of the most vivid centers for young street art in Europe, and you can experience trendy new neighbourhoods such as Prenzlauer Berg, Mitte, Kreuzberg or Friedrichshain by bike as you take a close look at works by Alias, XOOOOX or Vhils and visit galleries where experts can explain techniques and how urban art attracts young collectors.

A Guided Bike Tour Along the Berlin Wall

Departure by bicycle from the Meliá Hotel: 13:00
Return to the Meliá Hotel: 16:00

A symbol for the misery and the struggle between two systems, this 160-kilometer-long, so-called “death strip” cut through the city and the lives of its people for almost 30 years.

The 15 km bike tour follows the obvious as well as the hidden remnants of the “Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart” including Checkpoint Charlie, Mauer Park, now a vibrant part of the new Berlin, and the official Berlin Wall Memorial Museum area where the last intact portion of the Berlin Wall and a guard tower can be seen.

16:30-17:30 First Time Attendees and New Members Welcome and Orientation: Sevilla Room (1st floor of Meliá Hotel)

Come and meet the AIPC Board of Directors and management team; get a quick orientation to AIPC and its programs and find out how to make the most of your Annual Conference experience.

18:00-21:00 Welcome Reception and Dinner at Beach Mitte Hosted by the visitBerlin Convention Office

Busses will be waiting for you in front of the Meliá Hotel

Blue sky flanked green spaces, and golden sand as far as your eyes can see situated in the heart of Berlin where you’ll
grab a cool drink and enjoy the great view from Mount Mitte.

At the base of Mount Mitte you’ll find the exclusive Kalawao Lounge with its panorama terrace and the rustically cosy Hawaii Bar. With Caribbean BBQ buffets and a camp fire ambiance it’s a great start in to the exiting conference ahead.

Dress is casual and shuttle busses will take you back to the hotel from 21:00 onwards.

After Dinner Drinks at the "Meliá tapas" bar.


Monday, June 30: Conference Day I

Evening at Leisure: Explore Berlin with Colleagues and AIPC Partners

Free evening to enjoy the City of Berlin with colleagues or on your own!

Tuesday, July 1: Conference day II

19:30-22:30 AIPC Award Dinner at the AXICA
Co-hosted by AIPC member: AXICA

The AIPC Award Dinner, a traditional high point of the Annual Conference, is where we will announce the winner of the 2014 AIPC Apex Award in recognition of the highest client rating received by a convention centre.

This year’s dinner will be an exclusive buffet-style dining experience at the AXICA, a unique conference and convention centre in the DZ BANK and an architectural masterpiece by the renowned architect Frank O. Gehry. The Pariser Platz dates back to 1734, and situated in the heart of the revitalized government quarter. For centuries, it has been the city's historic hub, straddling the divide between Eastern and Western Europe next to the Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag. Here, you can experience Berlin's lively past, present and future at once.

Dress code: business suit and cocktail dress

Axica is a 15 minute walk away from the Meliá Hotel; a self-guided walking tour map will be available for those who wish to walk to the venue.

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