"Resilient Rotterdam"

By Eveline van der Pluijm-Degenhart, Manager Convention Bureau at Rotterdam Partners

Eveline van der Pluijm-Degenhart, Manager Convention Bureau at Rotterdam Partners

Rotterdam is a Dutch city like no other. It is vibrant with a distinct character; energetic and always in motion. With a diverse background of over 180 nationalities, inclusion, innovation, digitalization and sustainability are at the core of every business and knowledge community in the city. Rated by fDI Intelligence the best connected large city in Europe, Rotterdam’s proximity to international airports and fast train connections will make your delegates happy to travel to Rotterdam. Its impressive skyline, culinary diversity and top museums will make them want to stay.

Rotterdam is a great destination for any organizer who considers sustainability as a key component of a successful congress or event. And the Rotterdam Partners Convention Bureau is happy to help you find your way.

Free and impartial support
Rotterdam Partners is the official Convention Bureau and your gateway to Rotterdam. We assist professional congress organizers and international associations looking for the best destination for their congress or business event.

Our free and impartial services help you plan and organize your congress or event. We gladly connect you to our broad network of conventions and tourism partners, city government officials (for support from the city including a subvention fund) and other relevant parties. We support you at every stage of the process with reliable information, personalised advice, city-wide coordination and tailor-made site inspections.

Collaboration for a green legacy
Rotterdam participates in the EU Mission for 100 climate-neutral and smart cities by 2030. With the Rotterdam Climate Agreement, a 2019 agreement between the municipality and more than 100 local businesses and organizations, it has a very concrete plan for how to reach those goals.

Event organizers are very welcome to join this party.

Under the slogan ‘Collaboration For A Green Legacy. Make It Happen.’, the city is seeking the cooperation of organizers of international congresses and events to help create a greener city. Various options of greening are possible depending on the scale of your meeting with the ultimate goal to create 10 extra hectares of green space.

Leveraging this urban transformation of Rotterdam, the Urban Future Global Conference is coming to the city in 2024, after we hosted virtually the Ecocity Builders World Summit in 2021.

Our Meetings Venues
Host to the UIA Round Table Europe in November 2022, the Postillion Hotel & Conference Centre – WTC Rotterdam is a historic pre-war venue in the heart of the city centre, with flexible well-organized spaces on a single level, including a plenary seating up to 1,100 with exhibition space located directly in front of it and breakout rooms situated in a ring around these spaces. The venue also launched a block of 168 hotel rooms in the building in 2021. Postillion has unique concepts to enhance every event, including a Brain Food catering concept.

Located in the city centre next to Rotterdam Central Station, de Doelen ICC comprises three flexible halls suitable for events of up to 3,000 delegates. Already carrying a Golden Green Key certificate, the venue stepped up its game this summer by collaborating with the city to turn its rooftop into a green area with innovative water processes and a multi-purpose open-air terrace.

Just a 10-minute metro ride further South is the Rotterdam Ahoy Convention Centre (RACC), with a capacity ranging from 10 up to 16,500. With its six Exhibition and Event Halls, Ahoy Arena, and the brand new multifunctional Convention Centre and RTM Stage, the venue is designed to host a wide variety of events, exhibitions, conferences and meetings – including the 2021 Eurovision Song festival. The RACC makes up a cornerstone of the Heart of South Project, making Rotterdam a lighthouse city in the EU project Ruggedised. Rotterdam Ahoy is a real Living Legacy for incoming events, as the venue’s solar panels generate enough electricity to make events CO2 neutral while also generating power for 300 households in the area.

Rotterdam Hotel label
As Rotterdam Partners is an independent, non-profit organisation, we provide impartial support in venue selection as well as hotel selection. The latter is organised under the Rotterdam Hotel Label and guides you in the formerly difficult and time-consuming process of finding and arranging hotel rooms. With Rotterdam Partners taking care of the hotel inquiry as your sole point of contact, you are guaranteed availability of a sufficient number of hotel rooms at a favourable, optimised price.

Come and find out for yourself
Rotterdam hosts the UIA Round Table Europe on November 24 and 25. Eveline van der Pluijm-Degenhart, Manager Convention Bureau at Rotterdam Partners: ‘We look forward to welcome you to Rotterdam, so you can experience the vibrant energy of the city yourself. I highly recommend you take the Rotterdam’s Resilient Future tour on Saturday! Please feel free to reach out to me or any one of my convention bureau colleagues for more information about organising your event in Rotterdam.’