Hamburg, 4th June 2015 – The decision has now been made: Hamburg will be the host city of the 2019 Rotary International Convention. It is expected that some 22,000 Rotarians will arrive in the north German city of Hamburg between 1 and 5 June 2019 to join the annual event of Rotary, the oldest service club in the world. The Hamburg Convention Bureau GmbH (HCB) and the Rotary District 1890 Germany jointly managed Hamburg’s bid and have been able to convince Rotary International of the benefits of Hamburg as a host city.

The Rotary International Convention (RIC), the rotating global event of Rotary International, will thus be held in Hamburg. For around 22,000 Rotarians, this annual event serves as a networking platform to meet friends from around the world and to establish new international contacts. The event will be attended by Rotarians and various guests from around 180 countries and regions worldwide. The overall objective of the RIC is to enable participants who are linked by shared values to engage in collaboration on service projects for making the world a better place. The Rotary International conventions are designed to inspire, inform and engage Rotarians and their guests.