International conferences have always been a great source of reports for journalists on the hunt for new discoveries, inventions, developments and knowledge delving on topics of global significance. Getting first hand information about matters presented, and the related discussions and debates that transpire, is the best way to fully understand the concept and purposes that professionals like scientists, doctors, engineers, teachers and other experts announce to the world.
In the Netherlands, there is no shortage of international conferences for journalists to cover. The cities of Amsterdam, The Hague, and Groningen are in fact key places where hundreds of major international conferences take place yearly. These cities not only provide the venues and amenities in which to hold significant events. They also provide attendees opportunities to learn about Dutch history, as well as experience the country’s different cultures and traditions.
Actually, becoming a leading international conference destination enables countries like the U.S., Germany, Spain, France, United Kingdom and Italy to significantly augment their economic income. The Netherlands ranks as 8th placer after Japan and China-PR. After all, international conferences are excellent sources of additional taxes derived from tourism-related businesses, especially revenues generated by hospitality and transportation industries,and including industry-related jobs.
What Conference Organizers Consider when Choosing The Netherlands as Conference Location
Organizers conduct an intensive bidding process to which interested providers submit proposals that meet the requirements for an upcoming international conference. The Netherlands is highly favored for its low-budget offers. According to the CEO of Amsterdam Marketing Frans van der Avert, The Netherlands is often a favorite choice whenever budgets are of utmost concern, because their conference offers are relatively low when compared to the offers of other international destinations.
Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands is the leading international conference site of the country. In 2016, RAI Amsterdam alone, made record for hosting 52 international conferences that generated about half a billion euros and created 7,000 new jobs in Amsterdam.
Aside from having quality facilities and service providers in their venues, the city is a favourite because of its accessibility and connectivity. The Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is regarded as a major European hub because it extends operations to more than 300 direct destinations. Moreover, public transport takes only 20 minutes or so to reach the city centre, usually by riding in a 100% electrically operated taxi.
International connectivity is also provided by way of technology that allows conference attendees to video conference with associates and colleagues located in other parts of the globe. Connectivity of course is important to journalists in broadcasting a covered event, with the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) providing excellent digital connection throughout the world.
The “I Amsterdam” campaign helped make the city an iconic international destination, highlighting not only cultural, and historical wonders but also important architectural buildings housing museums, shopping malls, restaurants and entertainment spots.
When organizing events, meets and conferences in the Netherlands, many consider using letter lights or letters met licht in highlighting events, conferences and important announcements.