I’m a native of Westphalia, so people might not suspect that I feel right at home with leather shorts, Bavarian beer, soccer, and mountain ranges. But that’s all right. I can at least point out that I actually own a pair of leather shorts, know how a “lecker Pilsken” — delicious draft beer from the Ruhr region — is tapped, have experienced a number of bitter losses by my team in Munich’s stadiums, and have climbed quite a few spoil heaps in my time.
These attributes might not qualify me for a job as the head of the Munich Tourist Office, but in fact they are declaration of love for a wonderful city. In the Ruhrpott — as the region is known locally — people like to express their feelings a bit more subtly, and teasing remarks are regarded as signs of friendship and respect for the other person.
I’m not hiding the fact that I’m happy about the VDA’s decision, and there are several reasons for that.
For one thing, I think that Munich has a great infrastructure and transportation connections. There’s no need for beating around the bush here; you will agree with me that these two are very important criteria for cities that want to host an event like the IAA. No compromises can or should be allowed in these areas, especially not during a period of fundamental transformations like those that are taking place in our sector.