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Messe München GmbH celebrates 50th anniversary

April 14, 2014

- Online chronicle presents five decades of trade-fair history

- From "Theresienhöhe" to Shanghai

Messe München GmbH was founded on April 1, 1964. To mark its 50th anniversary, the company has visualized its history in an online chronicle at The "50 years of Messe München" microsite features descriptions and photographs that summarize select events from the last 50 years—a thrilling journey through Munich's trade-fair and exhibition history.

What began with just 20 employees at Munich's "Theresienwiese" in 1964 is now a successful, globally active network of fairs and exhibitions. Klaus Dittrich, Chairman and CEO of Messe München GmbH: "Messe München has an impressive history. It took just five decades for the company to go from establishing its event portfolio in the early years to becoming an international group of companies and one of the leading organizers of trade fairs and exhibitions in the world. We are proud of this success story and will continue it with great passion in the years to come."

Above all, the online chronicle of Messe München lives from the organizer's extensive archive of photographs. It paints a vivid picture of key and memorable moments in the history of Messe München: From its modest beginnings at "Theresienhöhe" to having the world's most modern trade-fair center at the site of the former airport in Riem and building the Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC); from Munich's first international trade fair (International Transport Exhibition in 1965) to the largest trade fair in the world (bauma); from the 1972 Olympics to the papal visit and the media center for the FIFA Soccer World Cup in 2006.

Messe München invites everyone who is interested to take a journey through the company's 50-year history in this online chronicle. The company will also celebrate its anniversary at a gala event on June 24, 2014.