With this achievement, Amsterdam RAI is the first exhibition centre in Europe to attain this status.
Joining an elite group of convention centres
In a press statement, Stewart Moore, CEO of EC3 Global and EarthCheck comments: “Amsterdam RAI has joined an elite group of convention centres and tourism operators across the world which has consistently demonstrated commitment to adopting responsible environmental practices and promoting the need for more sustainable operations.”
A recent example of how the Amsterdam RAI is a trendsetter in the sustainable development of convention centres is the construction of a new conference, meeting and office building that started in October 2013. The new building will incorporate the most advanced sustainability techniques, aiming to achieve a REEAM-NL excellent level. This sustainability certificate is managed by the Dutch Green Building Council (DGBC) and focuses on various ‘green’ features, such as utilising natural means for the heating and cooling of facilities – for example, via thermal energy storage (TES) or solar panels.
Record number of international visitors
2013 is likely to be a very successful year for the Amsterdam RAI. The convention centre expects to attract a record number of more than 400,000 international visitors this year. Overall, this surge in international guests is contributing towards an impressive 30% increase over a five-year period. It can largely be attributed to the increasing number of medical conferences and events involving information technology and energy.
Busy calendar of events in 2014
Amsterdam RAI will have further opportunities to entice international visitors in the year ahead, with a busy 2014 calendar that includes returning large-scale events such as the IBC (with some 50,000 visitors), IS Europe, PLMA and other renowned RAI events, such as METS and Aquatech.