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Maastricht in top 100 of the ICCA world rankings

The annual report of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) shows that Maastricht & region entered the top 100 on the world list of international non – corporate conventions. Maastricht was on the 132nd position in 2011, in 2012 the city and region climbed to the 94th position.

The Maastricht Convention Bureau is proud of this climb of 38 places! Maastricht now is, after Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the third Dutch city ranking on the world list, leaving cities such as Las Vegas, Florence and Los Angeles behind.

Marcel Knols, director of Maastricht Convention Bureau: “especially now, in these difficult times, cooperation is very important. Without a doubt, we thank a lot of our success to the unique characteristics of Maastricht & region, the natural surroundings combined with the quality of the accommodations and our lifestyle. But equally important is the cooperation within the Maastricht Convention Bureau, MECC Maastricht and other parties involved in the business tourism. One does not sell one’s own convention center or hotel. One sells Maastricht. And we all do this together. Cooperation with the Maastricht Health Campus and Maastricht University plays an increasingly important role in recruiting and developing conventions for Maastricht & region.”  

MECC Maastricht is an important key player when attracting multi-day international conventions. Rob van de Wiel, director MECC Maastricht: “Maastricht and MECC Maastricht are increasingly profiling itself, especially in the field of medical conferences. The central location in Europe, combined with our facilities are often decisive when conference organisers make their choice. Our hospitality, service level, compactness and ambience always guarantee a high rating. Constructive cooperation with all parties has resulted in this beautiful position and is essential for future growth. Our focus lays on an even more higher ranking in the ICCA ranking list”.  

John Aarts, alderman economy of the municipality of Maastricht, is also pleased with the results: “we are not there yet. But this result shows that MECC Maastricht can build on a solid foundation. I’m convinced that this enthusiasm, combined with the newly restored connection with the city will lead to beautiful results”.

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