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RAI Amsterdam wins praise and prestigious Best International Venue award

Friday, 5 April 2024

Sustainable, community-driven, future-proofed

For the fifth time in nine years, RAI Amsterdam has been named Best International Venue at the Exhibition News Awards. At a glittering ceremony in central London, the award jury praised the RAI for its excellent green credentials, smart innovation and high levels of satisfaction among organisers and clients.  

Held in Westminster’s Park Plaza on the evening of March 28, the 17th edition of these annual awards – widely seen as the Oscars of the global exhibition industry – attracted organisers from around the world to celebrate businesses that make ‘outstanding contributions’ to the sectorRAI Amsterdam was shortlisted in the Best International Venue category, where it faced stiff competition from convention centres in places as diverse as Abu Dhabi, Colorado, Bahrain and San Francisco.


Loud cheers and fine words
The bustling gala event hushed for a few seconds as the envelope was opened and a big cheer rose as RAI Amsterdam was announced winner. The reasons quoted by the Exhibition News Awards jury for their decision were equally uplifting for the RAI team present: “Green credentials excellent, great local community engagement, entry clearly shows RAI as a longstanding venue which has future proofed itself well through clever innovation. Organiser and client satisfaction in new and geo adapted events is well-presented and good advocacy.”


Meaningful experiences
RAI Amsterdam COO Maurits van der Sluis stressed how proud everyone at the RAI was to win this major award for the fifth time since 2015. “It shows that our efforts are noticed and paying off. Our goal is to help ensure international exhibition organisers make their event an enormous success while offering a truly meaningful experience to exhibitors and visitors. From gymnastics to finance, household innovations to maritime excellence, medical breakthroughs to equestrian elegance, the RAI has embraced the world's diversity in 2023, leaving an indelible mark on the memories of all who attended events there.”  


Long-term vision
Van der Sluis also explained how RAI Amsterdam is dedicated to minimising its environmental footprint while maximising the positive impact it has on business and society. “Our vision extends beyond corporate success, aiming to benefit organisers, exhibitors, visitors, employees, stakeholders and the wider Amsterdam community. Having a prime location in the famous Dutch capital, the RAI blends industrial heritage and modern design with sustainability and cutting-edge technology. This results in seamless connections and a genuine sense of collaboration.”


Exhibition News
Exhibition News is one of the leading trade magazines for the exhibition, conference and events industry. The category ‘Best International Venue’ was open to all large international exhibition venues with 10,000 sqm or more floor space that attract major international events.