Press accreditation COTECA 2018

You can get accreditation for COTECA 2018 at the press counter (Central Entrance, Messeplatz 1) during the event itself or, better still, use our online accreditation service (available September 2018).

Accreditation rules for journalists

Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH (HMC) wishes to make it easier for journalists to get access to information on its events and company by means of accreditation. Accreditation is given exclusively for the purpose of journalists’ reporting.

Online accreditation

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Online accreditation COTECA 2018

Persons from Germany or abroad who can provide the following proof of journalistic (including photojournalistic) employment (related to the topic of the exhibition in question):

  • By presenting by-line articles published no earlier than six months before the time of the event
  • By presenting a legal notice in which they are named as editors, permanent editorial staff or authors, and which is no older than three months at the time of the event
  • By presenting a written commission from a complete editorial office, in the original, relating to the current exhibition
  • By means of a weblink to an online publication that is well established in the industry community in question and that can prove an adequate reach. In these cases, advance accreditation is necessary due to the extra verification effort. Online media of this type must have been in existence for at least three months, must produce regular entries and the most recent article relating to the topic of the exhibition must be no older than three months. (In individual cases, separate, more detailed accreditation rules may be specified for bloggers, with a separate status for bloggers.)
  •  By presenting a document no older than six months stating that they work for a school magazine, or by presenting a valid ID from a youth press organisation, or by presenting written confirmation from a school stating that they work for the school magazine in an editorial capacity 
  • Holders of a valid press card from a German or foreign journalists’ association 

Persons from Germany or abroad who can provide the following proof of journalistic (including photojournalistic) employment related to the topic of the exhibition in question:

  • By presenting articles published under their name within a period of six months prior to the event.
  • By presenting an imprint listing them as an editor, permanent editorial staff member or author of a publication issued no more than six months prior to the relevant event.
  • By presenting the original of an established full-time editorial office’s written request expressly referring to the current event.
  • By providing a web link to an online publication from the relevant industry, along with proof of an appropriately-sized readership. In these cases, pre-accreditation is mandatory due to the increased validation effort. Any such online media must have been in existence for at least three months and be updated regularly. The latest text relating to the business segment relevant to the trade event must be no older than three months. Please note that separate accreditation rules may apply to bloggers in some cases.
  • By submitting proof of work for a student periodical no more than six months old, or a valid ID card from a youth press organization or a written confirmation of their editorial involvement in a student publication issued by the relevant school.
  • Holders of a valid press card from a German or foreign journalists' association.
  • Individuals unable to provide any form of journalistic legitimation, including customer service representatives, sales managers, advertising sales managers or webmasters, PR consultants, and accompanying private persons.
  • Germans living in Germany but presenting a foreign press ID.
  • Individuals presenting a written request by an independent reporter.
  • Individuals active on social media on an exclusively private basis.

We point out that presenting a press card is generally not, in itself, sufficient grounds for accreditation. Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH reserves the right to request further proof of journalistic employment as specified in the above mentioned items. Credentials should be presented in German or English. Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH reserves the right in individual cases to also demand presentation of a valid photo ID. There is no automatic right to accreditation. If necessary, Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH shall exercise its domiciliary rights.