RAI Amsterdam wins Best International Venue award

RAI Amsterdam won the Best International Venue award at the ninth annual Exhibition News Awards on Friday 10 April in London, the third time the company has won this prestigious prize since 2012. The Exhibition News Awards are conferred annually on businesses which make an outstanding contribution to the exhibition industry and are acknowledged as a key event on the exhibition industry calendar. The award was collected by the business development team of RAI Amsterdam.

RAI Amsterdam was shortlisted in the ‘Best International Venue’ category, where it faced stiff competition from other nominees, including Cape Town International Convention Centre, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre and Shanghai New International Expo Centre.

In announcing its decision, the jury commented: “RAI Amsterdam has delivered strong commercial success alongside growth and diversification of the venue space and facilities. The venue now offers world-class facilities which are easily accessible and continues to work hard to help organisers deliver their events as smoothly as possible.”

“We are proud to have won this award for the third time,” says Maurits van der Sluis, Executive Vice President at Amsterdam RAI. “It shows that our efforts are being noticed and paying off. Our goal is to help (international) exhibition organisers make their event the biggest success possible and a meaningful experience for exhibitors and visitors. The flexibility and versatility of RAI Amsterdam was tested in October 2014 by Helitech International. We were very pleased that their first edition outside of the UK for 25 years was so successful, attracting more visitors and exhibitors from a broader sweep of countries in Europe and beyond than ever before.”

Exhibition News
Exhibition News is one of the leading trade magazines for the exhibition, conference and events industry. The category ‘Best International Venue’ is open to all large international exhibition venues with 10,000 sqm or more floor space that attract major international events. The judges on the organiser panel were: Andrew Evans (MD Centaur), Simon Kimble (CEO Clarion), Mark Shashoua (Chief Exec i2i), Rob Nathan (MD Media 10), Matt Miller (MD Mercury Events) and Matt Benyon (MD Easyfairs).

About Amsterdam RAI
RAI Amsterdam is largest convention centre in the Netherlands focused on multi-day international exhibitions and conferences, both as a facilitator and as an organiser. This strategy is paying off as 2014 was one of its best years this decade. Working in close partnership with organisers, RAI Amsterdam helps them achieve their goals and create a meaningful experience for visitors and exhibitors. The company’s main strengths are its accessible location in the Netherlands and Amsterdam, along with its knowledge & network, flexible configuration, services, ROI, sustainability, innovation and ability to offer a meaningful experience.

The RAI covers a total exhibition area of 106,500 sqm. Eleven multifunctional halls are available for exhibitions, congresses, meetings and other events. The congress centre comprises 64 meeting and conference rooms with a capacity up to 1,750 people.

Every year, the RAI facilitates well over 50 international conferences, 70 exhibitions, events and over a thousand smaller conferences and meetings which are attended by more than 1.5 million visitors. RAI Amtrium,  the new, sustainable conference, meeting and office building on the northern side of RAI Amsterdam, will open in June 2015.

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