Maastricht Convention Bureau

In the spotlight

In the spotlight: Remco Prevoo

Each month, we aim our spotlight at someone dedicated to the Maastricht region, a beautiful conference destination. This month, that someone is Remco Prevoo, Operational Manager of Jacobs Travel. Each In the spotlight participant will be asked the same five questions. This is the response of Remco Prevoo:

1. Why do you love the Maastricht region?

“I see Maastricht more as the capital of the whole region and dare to look across country borders while doing this. The things this region has to offer, other regions often have these in small extent. We of course have the city of Maastricht with its on the one hand urban character with the Maastricht University, historical city centre with many hotels, bars, restaurants and shops, the Maastricht Exhibition & Congress Centre and the Meuse river. If you look at what the region has to offer, next to all this, in the area of (high) culinary and day or evening programmes, this is really a lot. What makes this region unique is that business can easily be combined with culinary. In less than half an hour from the Vrijthof square, there are plenty of options, on both sides of the border.”

2. What is your most favourite memory?

“I have many. It is difficult to choose one specifically. Business wise it is always very nice to see how enthusiastic and astonished (foreign) guests react when you speak to them during their visit. A response which is often heard is that they wouldn’t have thought the region is so beautiful and versatile and that next to that, everything is perfectly organized. These moments, I am proud to be part of this region.”

3. What is your “hidden treasure” and why?

“That is not a simple question and therefore it is not easy to choose just one. The experience makes the region and therefore it is not something you can ‘touch’. When I am sitting on a terrace at the Vrijthof square with my family, I enjoy the flow and atmosphere. However, if half an hour later we end up at a terrace in the hilly surroundings, after a beautiful drive passing the many castles, I can really the serenity and the landscape we have there. All this combined with good food is pure enjoyment, I am a real lover of culinary things.”

4. Why should any conference organiser or association organise their conference in the Maastricht region at least once in their lifetime?

“Because this region offers the perfect combination of business and pleasure. Also, the region has developed tremendously and the people here know how to meet the expectations of (international) guests. Next to that, the region has the power to connect people and by doing so share knowledge: academic hospital, Maastricht University, Brightlands etcetera. Many foreign guests come from or visit conferences in large cities. They feel a warm welcome once they get to know the Maastricht Region. Next to that, the region is centrally located near various airports.”

5. What does the Maastricht Convention Bureau mean to you?

“For us, the Maastricht Convention Bureau is the connection between congress organizers and us as travel partner. They promote Maastricht at international trade fairs and will do the utmost to acquire congresses for Maastricht. The whole region profits from this. Jacobs Travel is always trying to think along in a high level transportation service. For 1 person for an airport transfer to Maastricht or for a group of 1,500 delegates from MECC Maastricht to a dinner location. During large transport flows, we always take care of the coordination on site to make sure everything goes well, which is reassuring for the client. Transport is an important aspect during the conference period; if something goes wrong, the entire program could go wrong. Jacobs Travel always is looking for innovation. For example, we developed software with which guests can easily book their transport from and to the various airports and Wifi is available in all our touring cars. The Maastricht Convention Bureau is a very important partner, because they hear the experiences of the congress organizers and share those with their partners involved.”

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In the spotlight: Tom van Mulken

Each month, we aim our spotlight at someone dedicated to the Maastricht region, a beautiful conference destination. This month, that someone is Rob van Mulken, ‎plastic, reconstructive and handsurgeon at Maastricht University Medical Center+ and Zuyderland Medical Center Sittard. Each In the spotlight participant will be asked the same five questions. This is the response of Tom van Mulken:

1. Why do you love the Maastricht region?

“Maastricht is enjoyment. Good food, engaging and interestingly located at a crossroads of 3 countries, It is a beautiful city with even more beautiful hilly surroundings.”

2. What is your most favourite memory?

“Each year, the association of plastic surgery organizes a contest during which teams from every training clinic race each other on race bike. As preparation for this ‘Plasticup’, we climb on our bikes with colleagues immediatly after work to race through the hilly country whilst the sun is low…a fantastic feeling!”

3. What is your “hidden treasure” and why?

Buitengoed Slavante. It probably is known by many people, but still I feel it’s a lovely place to chill during weekends after working hard all week. First, our three children go wild in the woods, after which we have a cappuccino or a drink with a magnificent view over Maastricht.”

4. Why should any conference organiser or association organise their conference in the Maastricht region at least once in their lifetime?

“Maastricht is a compact city which has a lot to offer. Many fine restaurants and hotels, a lot of culture and a beautiful city centre. Thanks to its location near Belgium and Germany, Maastricht is easy to reach by international guests. For visitors from the Netherlands, Maastricht, too is a special destination which immediatly brings them in a holiday mood.”

5. What does the Maastricht Convention Bureau mean to you?

“For the first time, I organized an international, innovative conference regarding robot-assisted microsurgery. It is not a large conference, but it is very innovative and has good international lecturers and very interesting people, leading in the world’s development of robot-assisted surgeries.”

Thanks to the Maastricht Convention Bureau, we succeeded to bring this conference to Maastricht rather than Amsterdam, what erveryone would expect.

Amsterdam is a great city, naturally, but I am very glad the conference will be held in Maastricht. Together with the Maastricht Convention Bureau, we found inspiring venues for the conference and social programme. I expect delegates to be positively surprised by the refreshing, non-conventional venues and decoration I was able to compose together with the Maastricht Convention Bureau.”

 

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In the spotlight: Rob van de Wiel

Each month, we aim our spotlight at someone dedicated to the Maastricht region, a beautiful conference destination. This month, that someone is Rob van de Wiel, ‎Managing Director of MECC Maastricht. Each In the spotlight participant will be asked the same five questions. This is the response of Rob van de Wiel:

1. Why do you love the Maastricht region?

“For me, as an inhabitant of the province of Noord-Branabt, one of the main reasons to go work in the city of Maastricht is the city itself and the many possibilities. The special atmosphere, created by a historic city centre and many restaurants, nice terraces, fine shops and beautiful culture. And all this combined with an international community with a Municipality which is very enterprising and which invests in the future of the city, the region and MECC Maastricht.”

2. What is your most favourite memory?

“Every time an (international) congress organizer chooses for Maastricht and MECC Maastricht, we are proud. Then we win a competition with other international and national cities, which sometimes took many years. When subsequently, the thousands of delegates of the conference take over the city and all the hotels are fully booked, then I am enjoying our achievement tremendously!”

3. What is your “hidden treasure” and why?

“To this day, on a regular basis, I am still surprised by the possibilities in the Maastricht region. For example the hospitality and the variety of culinairy possibilities in the Wyck area. At approximately one kilometre from MECC Maastricht and accessible via the Ceramique area, which is full of top architecture. Recently, I was invited for a tour by again a new initiative. Wyck Bazaar, a covered food concept of approximatley 1000 m2, with all kinds of smaller and medium-sized businesses, specialized in “local” food. A great development which is also interesting for our target groups. With a little less modesty and more pride, these treasures would be more known and the tourism to the south of the Limburg province will grow more.”

4. Why should any conference organiser or association organise their conference in the Maastricht region at least once in their lifetime?

“The most important goals that have to be accomplished during a conference usually are the exchange of knowledge and creating a community. These goals are always realized in Maastricht, On a scale of 1-10, MECC Maastricht scores an 8,1 for services, support and facilities. Together with the compact city, the international atmosphere and among other things the high level of garstonomy, we offer a proposition which no other city can offer.”

5. What does the Maastricht Convention Bureau mean to you?

“We have the ambition to annually seriously grow with hosting international conferences in Maastricht. Therefore, the Municipality of Maastricht, the Province of Limburg and MECC Maastricht will invest the coming years in the enlargement en renovation of our congress centre. To be able to let the amount of conferences grow, a strong, independent Maastricht Convention Bureau is essential. Not only for the promotion of the city or for the acquisition of the conferences, but also as axle and coordinator between all the organizations and companies that are part of the conference product such as hotels, restaurants, shops and suppliers of social activities. This is how we make the difference.”

 

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