Amsterdam: a city for meetings and events
What’s more, due to the substantial growth in international visitors, RAI Amsterdam expects to attract a record number of more than 400,000 international visitors this year. This surge in international conference and exhibition guests has contributed towards an impressive 30% increase over a five-year period. It can largely be attributed to the increasing number of medical conferences taking places at the venue. In a press statement, Amsterdam RAI states that in September 2013 more than 30,000 cardiologists, 20,000 oncologists and 50,000 broadcast professionals from all over the world visited the venue, respectively for the ESC Congress, and IBC 2013.
Boosting the region’s economy
RAI Amsterdam also highlights the fact that the increase in international guests is beneficial to the entire Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. In addition to thousands of extra hotel reservations, the visitors made use of restaurants, public transport, taxis, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and the renowned cultural offerings throughout this capital city. In concrete terms, the glowing success of RAI Amsterdam has provided a €150 million boost to business tourism in the Amsterdam Area during September 2013 alone.
Expansion at RAI Amsterdam
To help meet the growing demand for meetings and events, and to continue competing against other major conference cities and venues, RAI Amsterdam has already started construction on a new conference, meeting and office complex. The new building is expected to open in May 2015.