German Historic Monument celebrates a Summer of Success

German Historic Monument celebrates a Summer of Success
October 30, 2013 Arton Kabashi

One of Green Globe’s Elite Members, the Hanover Congress Center (HCC), in Hanover, Germany, has demonstrated leadership and innovation in the fields of operational efficiency and social responsibility for years. This top performing venue integrated the philosophy of sustainability at all levels, making it the core of the company’s corporate strategy. All efforts recently earned Green Globe re-certification.

“We are very proud about our prestigious award and scoring an almost perfect result against the Green Globe standard,” said Joachim König, Director at the HCC. “The regular participation in the re-certification process is a very helpful and useful instrument for our overall quality management and for getting a good idea about the progress we made over the past year. Naturally, an engagement like this is only possible with a 100% commitment of the staff of the Hanover Congress Center. Our team members really live sustainability, and it is our goal to continuously improve our efforts to set an example for the entire industry.”

The Hanover Congress Center is recognized as a ‘Cultural Monument of National Importance’, and the property is currently undergoing restoration of the historic building stock. The goal of this restoration process is to give back the old splendor to the historic front of the cupola hall (Kuppelsaal). Restoration works of this historic monument began in 2012, and the entire project will be ongoing for five years.

This summer, a milestone in the restoration process was reached, and the upper floor foyer of the ‘Kuppelsaal’ was completed. Floors, walls, and ceilings have been treated and partly been rebuilt to their historic original condition. “Thanks to surprisingly good discoveries, we were able to recuperate original paintings in parts of the upper floor foyer,” added Joachim König. “This marks a very positive development in the procedure, as the building can literally show its 100 years of history.”

Simultaneously with this optical restoration, 50 % of the sanitary facilities throughout the entire areas of the ‘Kuppelsaal’ were modernized. The sanitary facilities in the upper festival rooms, which were also renovated in 2013 according to historic preservation principles, were serving as a model.

“We gradually reach our goal to revive the historic basic structure of our venue in a modern way,” concludes HCC Director Joachim König.

About Hanover Congress Center
The Hanover Congress Center combines tradition and innovation in a perfect way. This ancient “Stadthalle” (town hall), with its historic “Kuppelsaal” (cupola hall) and large festival rooms, features a range of spacious multi-functional halls, and more than 30 meeting rooms. All in all, the HCC offers a total of 13,000 square meters meeting space, with 15,000 seats available. The Stadtpark invites to relax in between events, and adjacent to the park, the upscale Congress Hotel with 258 rooms is situated.

Contact
Roswitha Steinke
Executive Assistant
Hanover Congress Center
Theodor-Heuss-Platz 1-3
D-30175 Hanover
Germany
Tel.: (00 49) 511 8113 207
Fax: (00 49) 511 8113 398
E-Mail: steinke@hcc.de
www.hcc.de

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About Green Globe Certification
Green Globe Certification is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under a worldwide license, Green Globe Certification is based in California, USA and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe Certification is a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, supported by the United Nations Foundation. For information visit www.greenglobe.com

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