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Press article fom  02.08.2004

"Central Rhine Region Day" - this year hosted by Hahn Airport

Frankfurt-Hahn, 02 August 2004 - The Central Rhine Region Initiative and Frankfurt-Hahn Airport today presented their plans for the "Central Rhine Region Day", which this year will take place on 18 September at the 10th largest international airport in Germany.

The Central Rhine Region Initiative is an association of local authorities, societies, organisations, companies and motivated individuals from the area between the rivers Nahe and Ahr and the Westerwald and Eifel regions. This year, their annual "Central Rhine Region Day" will be held at the Frankfurt-Hahn Airport conference centre on 18 September 2004. About 27 companies from education, culture, economy, transport, tourism and catering will offer various presentations throughout the day and into the night.

"The up-and-coming Frankfurt-Hahn Airport offers tremendous tourism and economic opportunities for our region. The steady growth in passenger numbers and cargo movements at the Hunsrück airport offers ideal synergies for marketing the Central Rhine Region abroad even more strongly", said Peter Greisler, chairman of the Central Rhine Region Initiative. The aim of this year's event is to bring entrepreneurs, the public and media representatives from Germany and abroad together, in order to point out the attractive competitive advantages of the Central Rhine Region as an up-and-coming transportation hub, and to strengthen awareness of the region at home and abroad. The Central Rhine Region - classified as a world heritage region by Unesco - comprises the river valleys of Rhine, Ahr, Mosel, Nahe, Sieg and Lahn, but also the 'Rheinische Schiefergebirge' with the Eifel, Hunsrück, Westerwald and Taunus regions. Last year, almost 800,000 visitors spent a total of approximately two million nights in the region.

Frankfurt-Hahn Airport has a very open and positive attitude towards activities of this nature offered by tourism associations, initiatives and companies from around the region: "We are very pleased to act as hosts for the Central Rhine Region this year. Events of this nature benefit everyone involved, offering opportunities for growth in traffic and growth in thinking - as Goethe once said: Every bit of progress is a daring deed, and only venturing enables progress." A historic event for the Hunsrück airport was the arrival of the Irish low-cost airline Ryanair in 1999 - it signified a fundamental change for the air transportation market. Back then, the Hunsrück airport only had 140,000 passengers. By 2002, it had broken through the one million barrier, and in 2003 passenger numbers exceeded the two million mark. For this year, approximately three million passengers are predicted for Frankfurt-Hahn.

About the preliminary programme for the "Central Rhine Region Day"
The event will start off on 18 September with a discussion round with high-calibre participants from politics and business on the subject of "Frankfurt-Hahn Airport and the economy in the Central Rhine Region". One topic, for example, is "Trouble-free booking via the internet", presented by Frankfurt-Hahn Airport. Further topics include "The significance of the Montabaur high-speed train station for the tourism industry, and transferability of the results through networking with Frankfurt-Hahn Airport" and a presentation of the study "Top locations in eastern Europe - strategies for developing markets", lead by EMC AG Montabaur.

An example of cultural activities is the "Central Rhine Region cycle", a big painting event with the artist Gudrun Engelken. Pure flying pleasure will be provided by Uwe Weber and his crew from Hahn Helicopter Flugdienste GmbH, who will offer helicopter flights over Hahn, Hunsrück and the Mosel. Another highlight will be a bus tour to the locations of the "Heimat" film with Eva-Maria Schneider, one of the actors. At 4pm, the "Mittelrheinische Kaffeetafel" offering "Hunsrück cake" will take place, with profits donated to the charity Marita Sehn - Schools for Afghanistan. In the evening, the regional impressions will be complemented with local culinary delicacies in the assembly hall of the regional police school. Afterwards, culinary and vocal delicacies from the Westerwald and other attractions will be on offer, including a shuttle service to the "Die Nacht der Loreley" event at St. Goar.

Visitors can select from the individual programme components for a subsidised fee. All profits will be donated to the charity Marita Sehn - Schools for Afghanistan. A raffle with highly attractive prices will provide further inspiration for the guests.

A comprehensive event guide will shortly be available from the "Central Rhine Region Initiative", which can be contacted as follows - Phone: +49 (0) 261/120-2159, Fax: +49 (0) 261/120-882159, E-mail: kontakt@region-mittelrhein.info. Further information can be found at www.region-mittelrhein.info.

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