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Meeting covers chambers trip to Germany
Sign-ups under way for nine-day tour
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The Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce is holding an informational meeting for anyone interested in learning more about its Discovery Excursion to Germany. The session is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday at Hansgrohe, 1490 Bluegrass Lakes Pkwy. To register for the session or the trip, contact Randall Toussaint at (770) 887-6461, Ext. 13.

The Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce is holding an informational meeting Tuesday for those interested in the organization’s upcoming visit to Germany.

According to a release from the chamber, the nine-day tour in December  will provide participants an opportunity to learn about the European nation’s history, culture and economic development agencies.

The meeting about the trip, dubbed the Discovery Excursion to Germany, is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the U.S. headquarters of German manufacturer Hansgrohe, 1490 Bluegrass Lakes Pkwy.

Chamber president James McCoy said the nation was chosen due to the large presence of international companies operating in Forsyth.

Germany in particular has many U.S. offices in the county, including Hansgrohe, Dieffenbacher, Siemens and Trox.

“Germany has been an important part of our community really since the ’80s,” McCoy said. “So we  thought it would be a really good idea to gather everybody in the community who had an interest in going to Germany.

“Maybe they’ve never been, maybe they’ve been a dozen times before, but it was important for us to have a formal introduction of Germany to anybody in the community who had an interest.”

The trip will include three nights in the traditional Alpine village of Oberammergau and two nights in the heart of the Black Forest, as well as tours and shopping expeditions in the historic cities of Munich, Nuremberg, Wurzburg and Rothenburg.

Visitors will also hear presentations from leaders of the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s International Trade Office in Europe and the German American Chamber of Commerce.

According to the chamber, cost for the trip will vary depending on room occupancies, with a standard double room rate of about $2,800 per person.

Fees will include international airfare from Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, hotel and meal accommodations, bus tours, entrance fees for attractions and fluent English-speaking guides.

McCoy is anticipating a lot of interest.

“We expect to have probably about 30 folks at the info session and probably 40 or 50 people on the trip,” he said. “The whole idea is that it’s going to be a really fun trip and a fun group of people.”