The GCB executive board has unanimously elected Matthias Schultze. "Matthias Schultze is well-known even beyond Germany as an expert of the meetings and conventions industry and, in our opinion, his experience in the hotel sector and association work makes him the best possible choice for the post of Managing Director. We look forward to our co-operation very much," said executive board members Petra Hedorfer and August Moderer on signing the contract.

Matthias Schultze previously served as Managing Director of the World Conference Center Bonn, consisting of the former plenary chamber of the German parliament and the waterworks. Matthias Schultze is also Vice President of the European Association of Event Centres. He has a degree in business management and has held various national and international tenures in hotel and congress management, among others for Hilton International. In the past six years Matthias Schultze was responsible for operating and marketing the World Conference Centre Bonn.

The GCB German Convention Bureau e.V. with headquarters in Frankfurt/Main markets Germany as a destination for conventions, meetings, events and incentives both on a national and international level, and is the place to contact for all customers who are planning events in Germany.

Its members include leading hotels, convention centres and destinations, car hire firms, event agencies and service providers of the German meetings and conventions industry. Maritim Hotels, Leipzig Tourismus und Marketing GmbH and darmstadtium science and convention centre are Preferred Partners of the GCB.  As Strategic Partners, Deutsche Lufthansa, Deutsche Bahn and the German National Tourist Board (GNTB) support the work of the GCB

The GCB is an interface between organisers of meetings and conventions and suppliers of the German meetings market, offers advice and support for planning and organising events, and provides contacts and addresses. Its website www.germany-meetings.com features an online search facility for meeting venues, newsletter, Germany guide and a lot more.