Rotary 110th convention brings world to Hamburg

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Rotary brings the world to Hamburg  

One of the city’s largest and most multi-cultural conventions will bring €24 million 

HAMBURG, Germany (30 April 2019) – More than 25,000 Rotary members from 170 countries are expected to attend the service organization’s 110th annual international convention in Hamburg 1–5 June 2019, which is estimated to bring €24 million into the local economy.

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“An economic and cultural hub that connects Germany to the world, Hamburg is a perfect fit for our convention,” said Rotary International President Barry Rassin. “We look forward to bringing our members to Hansestadt – home to the first Rotary Club of Germany.”      

Often described as a “mini-United Nations,” Rotary’s first-ever convention in Hamburg will transform the Hamburg Messe und Congress into a cultural mosaic as the organization’s global network of volunteers gather to exchange ideas on how to improve lives and bring positive, lasting change to communities around the world. 

“We are proud to welcome the 110th Rotary International Convention to the Hamburg Messe und Congress exhibition complex. Working closely with all stakeholders and our partners we will do everything in our power to provide our guests with the best possible platform for networking and interacting. Our goal is to make this convention at the famous port city of Hamburg an unforgettable event for all participants,” says Bernd Aufderheide, President and CEO of Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH.

Rotary members will engage in workshops and hear from a lineup of world-class speakers, including Dr. Peter Tschentscher, First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and President of the Senate; and Timotheus Höttges, CEO of Deutsche Telekom AG. 

Organized by Rotary International in conjunction with the Hamburg Host Organizing Committee of local Rotary members, registrants of the convention will also experience Hamburg’s hospitality with visits to the Elbe Philharmonic Hall, St. Michaelis Church and a special shopping day on Sunday, 2 June, along Jungfernstieg.  

“I am delighted that the international public is so interested in our city. The Rotary International Convention is an event on Champions League level and will focus on Hamburg as a city and as a meeting location,” says Michael Otremba, Managing Director of the Hamburg Convention Bureau GmbH (HCB).

About Rotary: Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from those in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. Germany’s 56,000 members and 1,100 clubs are taking action to make the world a better place at home and abroad. 


Philipp Krüger: +49 (0)40 533 08878,
Tamira Mühlhausen: +49 (0)40 533 088 87, 

Media passes

Accredited journalists are invited to cover the Rotary convention and events (June 1-5).  Media Passes are required to gain access to the exhibit hall and general session speeches. To apply for a Media Pass, please contact Philipp Kruger. You may also request a Media Pass onsite upon presenting valid media accreditation at the Press Center at the Hamburg Messe und Congress starting on June 1.