‘Light, transparency and magnitude’

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Interview with Martin Buhl-Wagner, spokesperson for the executive board of Leipzig Trade Fair:


Martin Buhl-Wagner

The JCI World Congress will give visitors the opportunity to visit the Leipzig Trade Fair and exhibition grounds every day for a week to attend lectures, international exhibitions and evening events. Which amenities are you going to offer visitors? 

Light, transparency and magnitude set the atmosphere at the CCL. Here ideas can develop and be expressed freely. The Glass Hall, which was designed by the famous English architect Ian Ritchie, will oversee the weeks’ events as a magnificent glass sky and provide an atmospheric setting for the evening events.  The park landscape surrounding the building invites guests to relax in this impressive setting. Furthermore, with its state-of-the-art multimedia and telecommunication equipment, the CCL can fulfil the highest technical requirements of any event. Our catering sister company fairgourmet has the best recipes to combat hunger and thirst and the CCL team will work together to ensure the congress runs smoothly. Thanks to an atmosphere of trust, great hospitality and warmth, visitors to the JCI World Congress will feel comfortable and happy at every occasion.

The JCI World Congress 2014 in Leipzig will be the first without a carbon footprint. As the main event location how are you going to contribute?  

The Leipzig Trade Fair and the CCL are dedicated to the principles of responsible business management. Under the motto Grow in Balance, the Leipzig Trade Fair has developed transparent and measurable sustainability management.  This includes the implementation of numerous measures ranging from the conscious and minimum possible consumption of energy and resources, the use of fair trade products for our catering services to the numerous social offers for our coworkers. Our goal is to create a new balance between economic growth and environmental and social responsibility.

As the first German trade fair organisation, Leipzig has been certified with the internationally recognized Green Globe Certification, the certificate for sustainable event organisation and tourism recognised worldwide.  The awarding of this certification is reviewed by independent experts every two years. In 2013 the Leipzig Trade Fair passed its third evaluation by successfully fulfilling the 300 criteria.

In summer 2012 the CCL also signed the German Sustainability Code applicable to the event industry titled fairpflicht, an initiative of the German Convention Bureau GCB and the European Association of Event Centres EVVC. The CCL was awarded the Green Meetings Award by the GCB for the first time in 2013.

Sustainable management is more successful in association with others. We are therefore committed to the V Factor initiative – Responsible Business in Central Germany.  While taking part in this initiative businesses exchange their experiences of sustainable and responsible management and much more.

A very practical question for our international guests to close the interview – how do you get to the exhibition grounds? 

The CCL is easily reached from all directions thanks to its convenient location near two motorways (A14 and A9) as well as being located only ten minutes away from Leipzig/Halle airport. Furthermore, the Leipzig Trade Fair is well signposted. Visitors can also travel comfortably by train to the exhibition grounds. If travelling by ICE to Leipzig Central Station, passengers can then travel by regional train (Regionalbahn RB) or the S-Bahn, S1, S2 or S5, to arrive at ‘Leipzig Messe’ in six minutes.  Tram 16 also goes directly to the exhibition grounds from the city centre with a journey of approximately 16-20 minutes.  Leipzig is a city within easy reach and its efficient public transport network contributes greatly to the smooth execution of large events within the city.

Interview conducted by Carola Schmidt.

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