Maastricht Convention Bureau

In the spotlight

In the spotlight: Nico Stam

Each month, we aim our spotlight at someone dedicated to the Maastricht region, a beautiful conference destination. This month, that someone is Nico Stam, Deputy Director of Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus & Chief Business Officer and new chairman of the board of the Maastricht Convention Bureau. Each In the spotlight participant will be asked the same five questions. This is the response of Nico Stam:

1. Why do you love the Maastricht region?

“Maastricht has various elements which really appeal to me. First of all: the fact that Maastricht is a college town makes it that the atmosphere is lively and next to that, it is a beautiful, compact, historic city with a European charisma. I live near the city centre and when I straal through the city at night, I regularly feel as though I am on holiday in France. Furthermore, you are out of the city in no time and you’ll find yourself walking or cycling through an amazing hilly country.”

2. What is your most favourite memory?

“At dusk, when silence is returning to the city, a stroll in the city centre and the regular tours on the race bike through the hilly country.”

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

“The historical part of the city around the Helpoort (Hell’s gate) and the ‘Jekerkwartier’ (a picturesque part of the old city), one of the remains of the old city wall.”

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

“The Maastricht region offers everything in a very compact and attractive size you could wish for when organizing a conference. Besides the modern congress centre, capable of organizing small as well as larger conferences, the congress centre is within a short distance of the historical city centre with plenty excellent beaneries, terraces, hotels and everything else which will appeal to the conference delegates. ”

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

“First of all, I see the Maastricht Convention Bureau as an important player in the local een ecosystem and part of the network with parties and people who are crucial to furhter develop and internationalize the Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus and the region.”

 

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In the spotlight: Esther Saris

Each month, we aim our spotlight at someone dedicated to the Maastricht region, a beautiful conference destination. This month, that someone is Esther Saris, owner of communication bureau EST.21 and President of Maastricht Culinair. Each In the spotlight participant will be asked the same five questions. This is the response of Esther Saris:

1. Why do you love the Maastricht region?

“It is a beautiful, compact university city in the middle of green surroundings, Its situation is fabulous: in no time one can be in Aachen, Liège or Hasselt. I love this multilingualism around me. All the good things in life can be found here: rich culture en lots of places for delicous meals. And the University gives the city a charming hustle and bustle.”

2. What is your most favourite memory?

“Oh dear, there are so many. Too much to mention. When you live here, it becomes normal that life is celebrated every day. When you are elsewhere, the differences stand out. Both positive and negative by the way. I then am glad to keep discovering the world and be able to return to a good place called home.”

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

“Difficult question. Perhaps the cupola in the Bonnefantenmuseum: on a regular basis, one can see a Walldrawing of Sol Lewitt. One single line stretching to heaven as it were, made with mathematical precision. It is a nice contrast to the two basilicas which are here as well. The city of Maastricht has a lot of these kind of gems.”

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

“The city is a true European pearl in a rich region. We link ambiance with hospitality. Everything is within walking or biking distance. And when you are a bit sporty, you are in the middle of nature in just a small bike tour. And on a culinary level, a lot is going on. In Maastricht, you are truly in a wonderful comfortzone.”

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

“I see MCB as a partner in search and especially find. As hospitable professionals they know the ropes and put the city on the map. To me, this is very important.”

 

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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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