Event report: Christmas in July (Brisbane)

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Following the tradition of the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the QLD Chapter, for the first time, invited guests to a special Christmas in July celebration. Positively surprised by the overwhelming response, we will most certainly cater for a bigger venue next year (we promise)! Thirty happy guests gathered in cozy winter wardrobe – and in our subtropical River City!

While in winter time every Brisbanite does feel the change of season and dropping temperatures after sunset, we definitely do not experience the winter chills of Melbourne and Sydney. Still, that delicious glass of Glühwein ran down our throats beautifully and networking on international trade and research, innovation, academic collaboration and cross-cultural export and import insights were quickly in full swing.

What really brought out the Christmas spirit though were the Christmas decorations, the Christmas Carols  (from Elvis Presley to Ave Maria) and the classy warm atmosphere of the al fresco location at the Norman Hotel. The Norman Hotel created a beautiful three-course dinner including Rotkohl, and the guests enjoyed the ambiance and mingled throughout the evening.  It was a vibrant, buzzing atmosphere, the last guests had to be ushered out at 10 pm. One of the highlights was the business-card draw: the first prize of the Villeroy & Boch dinner set was drawn by Charles Berry, Fund Accounting Manager – Global Infrastructure and Global Private Capital, QIC. The second prize, a Feuerzangenbowlen set, went to Carlos Bonilla, Managing Director, Colombian Coal. Finally, the third prize was a $100 gift voucher by the Norman Hotel, which went to Wesley Manzke, Business Development Manager, DB Schenker. Everyone was a winner, however, having made new connections and getting to take home the authentic and traditional Nürnberger Lebkuchen (gingerbread).

We wish to thank all of our sponsors for their contribution and making this such a successful event. See you next year!

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