No. 14 gamescom 2011: service portal open for travel and accommodation

    <*>A host of early bird booking offers to suit every target group and wallet  <*>Plane tickets from as little as 30 euros, train travel from 79 euros <*>A place in the gamescom camp from 29.50 euros, hotel rooms from 90 euros

In just three months, gamescom in Cologne will once again open its doors and the international games industry will converge on the city from 17-21 August to present their latest innovations and developments. If you want to join hundreds of thousands of people in celebration of interactive gaming and entertainment, you can easily book your travel and accommodation arrangements online in the Koelnmesse service portal right now. Early bookers in European cities can order return plane tickets with Germanwings for as little as 30 euros. Lufthansa is also offering discounts on its domestic and international flights. Prices for trains start at 79 euros. A space in the gamescom Camp costs from 29.50 euros a night. Hotel rooms start at 90 euros (double room) in more than 75 partner hotels. Apartments and private rooms are also available. Travel and hotel services at a glance:

* Online bookings and offers for flights

* Offers and bookings for train travel

* Offers and services for visitors coming by car

* Online bookings for hotels, apartments and private rooms

* Information about the gamescom camp

* Bookings for complete travel packages (incl. hotel, flights, car rental)

* Offers and online bookings for day trips by coach

* Information about Cologne, sights and nightlife

Offers and connections for visitors coming by plane and train

Cologne/Bonn Airport directly links the international gaming community in 45-plus countries with Cologne and the trade show grounds. With almost ten million passengers, the airport is one of the international transport hubs and is only 15 minutes from the trade show grounds by metro. Together with nearby Amsterdam Schiphol, Düsseldorf and Frankfurt airports, gamescom has perfect links to international transport hubs all over the world. Return flights from London to Cologne (from 17.8. to 21.8. including taxes and charges) currently start from 60 euros, while from Copenhagen, the cheapest flight is now under 30 euros (to Cologne/Bonn, same dates). Coming by train from anywhere within Germany costs as little as 99 euros (2nd class)/159 euros (1st class) for a round-trip. The special offer can be used on all DB trains, including ICE (connections and sales while stocks last). Prices for return tickets from Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Vienna and Zurich start at 79 euros in 2nd class. You can book your tickets directly from Deutsche Bahn on its event hotline on 01805 311153 and online (3 months before gamescom opens), quoting "gamescom". gamescom participants can also use their admission tickets for free return travel to and from the site within the networks of the local transport operators VRS and VRR. It does not cover travel on trains of Deutsche Bahn AG subject to a supplement.

From Altstadt to Friesenviertel: where the industry meets at night

At the end of each day of the fair, Cologne's public transport network takes the international gaming community into Cologne's vibrant and full nightlife. The industry traditionally meets in the narrow and winding alleys of the city's old district - the Altstadt - in the cult bars and legendary beer gardens between the Dom (Cathedral) and Gürzenich. The popular Friesenviertel - Frisian Quarter - appeals to a younger public. Its stylish cocktail bars and clubs make this district an absolute must for people who enjoy a good barhop after the gamescom city festival. One way or another, gamescom 2011 is well worth a look-in. And the fun in planning your trip starts right away with the online services.

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