Maastricht Convention Bureau

In the spotlight

In the spotlight: Harald Peters

Each month, we aim our spotlight at someone dedicated to the Maastricht region, a beautiful conference destination. This month, that someone is Harald M. Peters, General Manager of Crowne Plaza Maastricht. Each In the spotlight participant will be asked the same five questions. This is the response of Harald Peters:

1. Why do you love the Maastricht region?

“This ‘savoire vivre’ in the Maastricht region, the good food and the local wines, give this area the charm and character you will not find anywhere else. During my entire work life I was honoured to see many beautiful places in this world. Maastricht is definitely one of the TOP 3 I enjoy to be.”

2. What is your most favourite memory?

“As a child, I came at least twice a year for shopping and having coffee & vlais with my parents to Maastricht. These was always exiting moments. Not only I became some new  things, it was the atmosphere of this city. Now, after more than 30 years, I can feel that the city has kept and improved this unique identity.”

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

“’The people of Maastricht’. When you walk on the streets or sitting in restaurants, you can listen to different languages. For inhabitants of the region it is normal communicate in the languages of those opposite to them. For guest in this town is this a great warm welcome and they feel respected.”

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

“It is always a question how successful this events are. Big city name is not the guarantee for such success. In comparison to big anonymous cities, in Maastricht the entire trade, Maastricht Convention Bureau and politicians are going in the same direction, to keep the destination successful. Nothing is impossible and Maastricht is better than the big cities.”

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

“Great partner and team player for the organizer and  our industry. Simply the best you can get  :-)”

 

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In the spotlight: John Aarts

Each month, we aim our spotlight at someone dedicated to the Maastricht region, a beautiful conference destination. This month, that someone is John J.M. Aarts, alderman of economics, mobility, finance, real estate and staff & organization in Maastricht. Each In the spotlight participant will be asked the same five questions. This is the response of John Aarts:

1. Why do you love the Maastricht region?

“I love the Maastricht region because as a born an raised Maastricht citizin, I experienced the beauty of the city and its surroundings every day. Next to that, the citys historie gives it its very intimate charachter. In physical space, as well as in the many historic stories. Finally, the feeling of solidarity and brotherhood we call the Mestreechter geis (‘Maastricht spirit’), which can be found in the togetherness of the people living here, expressed in festivities such as carnival, cultural activities, in atmosphere and an own dialect. This spirit does not only descend, it becomes part of your being.”

2. What is your most favourite memory?

“My most favourite memories are those of my youth, when I had the privilege to grow up in the most beautiful landscape of the world, as one can see from the Louwberg and the Sint Pietersberg. It was as if we were living in a world, painted with a divine paint brush. It was a privilege and a pleasure.”

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

“The ‘hidden treasure’ is the emotion and and spirit which take possession of you when you are absorbing the fenome impressions of the city and its residents. That hidden treasure becomes visible when you are privileged to tell others the story of the city and its inhabitants in a lyrical manner.”

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

“You want to allow everyone to see and enjoy this piece of paradise on earth. By attending a conference, this is possible.”

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

“The MCB deserves to attract people to Maastricht. By doing so, not only the visitors are enriched, but also the city and the employment.”

Earlier editions of this feature:

Rudy MMA Nuijts, MD, PhD Professor of Ophthalmology, University Eye Clinic Maastricht, Medical University Center Maastricht – April 2016

Jan Kees Dunning, CEO of the Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus – March 2016

Mark J Post, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair of Physiology aan de Maastricht University – February 2016

In the spotlight: Rudy Nuijts

Each month, we aim our spotlight at someone dedicated to the Maastricht region, a beautiful conference destination. This month, that someone is Rudy MMA Nuijts, MD, PhD Professor of Ophthalmology, University Eye Clinic Maastricht, Medical University Center Maastricht. He also is the winner of the Brightlands Convention Award 2015. Each In the spotlight participant will be asked the same five questions. This is the response of Rudy Nuijts:

 

1. Why do you love the Maastricht region?

“Because I was born and raised in Noorbeek and stll live there. I went to high school in Maastricht and studied there at the University. After living in the west of The Netherlands and abroad, I came back to the region, because the quality of life is so high here.”

2. What is your most favourite memory?

“There are more than just one: the unconcerned high school and student life and the delights that go with that; the beautiful landscape to cross through with our bicycle club the Norbikers; the traditions of the Noorbeek village life such as getting the pine tree and the ‘bronk’.”

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

“On a culinary level,my neighbours opposite of restaurant du Nord: delicious and close to home; on a sports level biking through the pays d’Aubel.”

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

“Because the charm of the city of Maastricht and its Roman history is very appealing to my foreign colleagues and also to foreign visitors. Next to that, the MECC is an excellent venue with a good quality-price ratio compared to other European cities, as I have experienced during my 8 years of being ESCRS’s treasurer.”

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

“Through its account managers, for years MCB has supported me during my efforts to let the ESCRS winter meeting take place in Maastricht. For 6 years, we strategically decided to organise the winter meetings in Eastern Europe. Now, Maastricht is the first Western European city where we continue our conference. This is mainly thanks to the professional manner in which MCB positions the MECC as high quality conference venue.”

Earlier editions of this feature:

Jan Kees Dunning, CEO of the Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus – March 2016

Mark J Post, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair of Physiology aan de Maastricht University – February 2016