Maastricht Convention Bureau

In the spotlight

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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In the spotlight: Marc Alofs

Each month, we aim our spotlight at someone dedicated to the Maastricht region, a beautiful conference destination. This month, that someone is Marc Alofs,  ‎Managing Director of Relais & Chateaux La Butte aux Bois. Each In the spotlight participant will be asked the same five questions. This is the response of Marc Alofs:

1. Why do you love the Maastricht region?

“My cradle was in this region. A lot of traveling to the corners of the world and a working live in the USA and Austria made me realize that the region where we live is a true gem. On the one hand small, but with amazing facilities, a wonderful natural diversity, a lot of culture, a rich history and an incomparable culinary offer. For example: you can find over 40 Michelin stars within one hours drive!”

2. What is your most favourite memory?

“For me personally, that is without a doubt the very strong collaboration in the MCB period with Maartje Beijsens, with all respect for everyone’s dedication! And …. the first convention dinner from the SAP users days I took care of -at that time- 1200 guests.”

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

“That from the busyness of the city, you will find serenity in the green foothills and hills outside the city in a short time! For recreation and visits to wonderful gastronomical businesses around the city such as Château Neercanne and our own La Butte aux Bois.”

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

“For years, the ‘smaller’ Maastricht is fighting against national financial ‘bigger brothers’ such as The Hague and Amsterdam with Noorwijk aan Zee. Every time we succeed to convince world conventions to choose for Maastricht. We put national colleagues on the side lines and we are ahead of cities like Prague, San Francisco and Barcelona. This stems from the fact that we fight to get things settled TOGETHER. The ‘smaller’, far away Limburg versus the big Randstad (conurbation of Western Holland). With limited logistic facilities, but with much perseverance we convince international congress organisers of our region, our small size, the character of the city, our attention to detail, our friendliness and our sincere ‘warmth’, our international flair and our sophisticated culinary offer!”

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

“The Maastricht Convention Bureau represents the city and the region in a determined way. Together with the MECC-sales team, the MCB for me is a valuable, international extension of my own sales team. The MCB knows to motivate their partners and to stand together united and solidary. Because of the dynamic world we live in, the MCB always evolves and makes necessary changes. Conventions with convention diners are often on weekdays and therefore often an added value for partners! I am looking forward to more financial strengths for the MCB: this also means more revenues for the MECC and the partners and more spin-off in the city!”

 

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