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THE NETHERLANDS

CITY OF HEALTH & MATERIALS Maastricht: Convention Bureau

Maastricht’s vibrant history and its location at a crossroad of European cultures,

languages

and

trade-routes

gave

it

a

unique

charm

and

international flavor. Foreign visitors tend to feel perfectly at home in this international atmosphere. Maastricht is frequently referred to, as a microcosm of Europe. Currently, organizers of conventions, meetings and events choose Maastricht very often as their destination. Moreover, an increasing trend is observed. Is it only just because this oldest city of the Netherlands simply makes your event more successful? No, there is much more…!

In recent years, the Maastricht region has developed into an important area with an outstanding knowledge infrastructure. Maastricht, as a major capital, can definitely be considered as the city of life sciences and (bio)materials. This position is expressed by its cornerstone position in the “Brightlands” initiative, the brand name of a joint initiative of the Dutch province of Limburg, Maastricht University, Maastricht University Medical Center+, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences and Fontys International Campus Venlo, in close partnership with the leading companies in specific market areas.

“Brightlands” Maastricht Health Campus, Chemelot Campus, Smart Services Campus and Campus Greenport are four key elements of “Brightlands”, an open innovation community in a global context with a joint focus on health and sustainability. “Brightlands” combines science, business and education concerning materials, health, food and smart services. The campuses offer entrepreneurs, scientists and students, state of the art facilities to support development, innovation and growth. It is no wonder that more and more associations and scientific institutions feel attracted to this flourishing ecosystem and choose Maastricht as the destination for their conventions. Additionally, the quality of the different venues and the characteristics of the environment contribute to the success of every conference or event.

Venue and accessibility Maastricht’s location in Europe is unique. Major cities such as Düsseldorf, Cologne, and Liege are close. The entire Maastricht area is easily accessible by car and almost free of traffic jams. Furthermore, the region knows an extended train infrastructure with even a high-speed train connection ‘around the corner’ in Liege (Belgium). Finally, with a total eight (!) airports within one hour’s drive and the closest airport in a distance of 10 kilometers, Maastricht is efficiently accessible by airplane. Traveling from- and to these airports is easily by a wide network of shuttle services and public transportation.

The Maastricht Convention Bureau The Maastricht Convention Bureau personally assists you with both the organizational and content related aspects of your conference or exhibition. After analyzing your needs, we will assist you gathering all relevant information and quotations in order to find the most suitable solution. With over 70 partners in the Maastricht region, a strong connection to local governments and knowledge institutes, the convention bureau is able to offer the most optimal support and disclose a valuable network.

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International Conferences Summits & Conventions 01-2018  

100 Recommended European Congress Locations The Conference Venue Allocator Published in cooperation with IMEX Frankfurt.

International Conferences Summits & Conventions 01-2018  

100 Recommended European Congress Locations The Conference Venue Allocator Published in cooperation with IMEX Frankfurt.

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