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.
Amsterdam RAI: the choice for medical conferences
That the announcement was made during ISTH 2013, a leading conference for thrombosis and haemostasis specialists from around the world, illustrates the popularity of the RAI for medical conferences. Earlier this year, the European Association of Liver Studies (EALS) held their annual meeting here, while in early September it welcomes the European Congress of Cardiology (ESC). Amsterdam RAI is also hosting the European Cancer Congress (ECC) and the European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS) in the autumn of 2013.
Busy calendar 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 (International Broadcasting Convention) with its 50,000 visitors, IS Europe, PLMA, and other renowned RAI events, such as METS and Aquatech.
Win-win for Amsterdam
The popularity of the RAI as a venue for international congresses and events is beneficial for the entire city. Maurits van de Sluis, Commercial Director Convention Centre, noted: “Every euro spent in the RAI is equivalent to four euros spent in the city, and this multiplier is even larger for international events. As a result, the RAI has a considerable economic value for Amsterdam.”