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KAI 10 “The Floating Experience”

Germany’s first floating event and conference center launches in Hamburg

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eTN  Jun 10, 2008

“Rock the Float” was the motto at the Mercure Hotel Hamburg City recently when they launched KAI 10 “The Floating Experience” – Germany’s first floating event and conference center.

Conferences and celebrations on, under and above the water are now possible in a place that is probably Hamburg’s most original venue for events of all kinds, covering a total space of 450 square meters.

With a total investment of three million euros and after a construction period of only nine months, a venue was created right outside the Mercure Hotel Hamburg City that arouses maritime associations and makes clever use of the water theme.

Bernd Mensing, director of the Mercure Hotel Hamburg City and ‘captain’ of KAI 10 is proud of the project, in which he had a major hand. “We can now offer an innovative site that fits perfectly into Hamburg because of its superb location directly on the water – a place that thrives on the general ambience of the KAI,” he said. “Our guests will benefit from an atmosphere that is truly unparalleled and will add genuine value to a wide variety of events.”

Situated on the Mittelkanal, KAI 10 floats on two heavy steel concrete pontoons, weighing 390 and 260 metric tons. The façade consists of aluminium-coated panels, placed on pre-manufactured wall elements, 3.1 and 4.1 metres in height. The venue has three levels – under, on and above water and covering some 450 square meters for events of up to 350 delegates. The conference area, with its two halls, offers ample space for 160 people.

Whether it’s an unusual business lunch, a classy dinner, an after-work party or a club night - “Not a problem,” says Mensing. “Sitting in a lounge above the canal, guests and party-goers can enjoy the evening sun and then descend below deck to join the celebrations. Anyone wanting a bit of a sun tan can relax on the club terrace, right above the water. All the rooms can be joined to one another and are equipped with state-of-the-art conference facilities. ”What makes KAI 10 particularly attractive is, of course, also its prime location at the heart of Hamburg, with access to the harbor and the Deichtorhallen galleries just a short distance away.

Bernd Mensing is pleased and stated, “KAI 10 ideally supplements the facilities and service provided for our guests by the Mercure Hamburg City. Together with the hotel’s own event and conference capacities for 250 delegates, we can now have a total of 600 people. What is particularly handy for guests is the direct link of the venue to the 4-star hotel and its 187 rooms.”

Germany’s first floating event and conference center launches in Hamburg

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