1: An iconic international destination
Amsterdam is a historic city with a futuristic outlook that meshes business growth with sustainable initiatives. As such, it has a great deal to offer as a meetings location. In the esteemed ICCA rankings, which examine meetings statistics around the globe, the Netherlands has been placed 10th in the world. The Union of International Associations (UIA) also named Amsterdam as one of the top 10 international conference locations. The city has been recognised as among the top 10 most important commercial centres in the world, and has been ranked the fourth most influential business centre in Europe (source: MasterCard Worldwide Centers of Commerce Index). And as an urban area dedicated to environmental innovation, Amsterdam also earned a spot as one of the eight finalists for the first-ever European Green Capital Awards.
2: A connected city
Amsterdam is very well connected, ensuring it is a comfortable choice for international visitors. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is one of Europe’s four major hubs, operating to more than 300 direct destinations. What’s more, the airport has exceptional public transport connections with the city (20 minutes or less to the city centre), as well as a taxi fleet that is 100% electric. Within Amsterdam, transport is also straight-forward and convenient. The extensive public transport network connects the city’s many hotels, conference venues and districts by train, tram, metro, bus and ferry. And don’t forget to experience Amsterdam like the locals do: by bike! Many hotels offer bike rentals for guests, and there are lots of spots to rent bikes, mopeds, electric cars and even boats.
3: A fantastic meeting location for every need
Find the perfect location in Amsterdam! Be it a 400-year-old canal-side property, an ultra-modern waterfront hotel or an event venue that can cater for 20,000 guests, you can take your pick in Amsterdam. You can even invite your guests to a custom event at a world-famous museum or attraction, such as the Van Gogh Museum or Rijksmuseum. What’s more, the Business Marketing and Convention team can connect you to the right venue thanks to dedicated tools like the Venue and Service Finder and face-to-face events like MICExperience.
4. Sleep easy in Amsterdam
Amsterdam's hotel market is booming across the spectrum, from grand luxury developments to lower cost accommodations that tick all the right boxes. This has resulted in some of the world’s biggest hotel chains entering the Amsterdam market for the first time and many more planning new hotel developments in the near future. What’s more, following the launch of ‘I amsterdam approved‘, the Business Marketing and Convention team can guarantee organisers of international, citywide conferences the availability of a maximum of 16,000 hotel rooms in Amsterdam.
5: There’s much more going on than just meetings
Treat your guests to an action-packed trip to Amsterdam. Whether you’re hosting an intimate business meeting or a week-long conference, there’s a lot to experience in the city. Amsterdam is packed with cultural, historical and architectural delights – from museums and attractions to restaurants and nightlife. The city’s cultural scene is always bustling with international stars of art, music and performance, ensuring visitors can have both a memorable meeting and remarkable experiences after hours. Find out what’s on in Amsterdam at www.iamsterdam.com.