Maastricht Convention Bureau

In the spotlight

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

In the spotlight: Jan Kees Dunning

Each month, we aim our spotlight at someone dedicated to the Maastricht region, a beautiful conference destination. This month, that someone is Jan Kees Dunning, CEO of the Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus. Each In the spotlight participant will be asked the same five questions. This is the response of Jan Kees Dunning:

 

1. Why do you love the Maastricht region?

“Maastricht is a compact city; everything can be reached by foot or by bike. A small, old historical city with an international charisma. An old city, yet very vibrant thanks to the students. Next to all this: the combination of city and green. From my apartment, within 1 minute, I can be running along the river Meuse and within 5 minutes by bike I canclimb up the first hill.”

2. What is your most favourite memory?

“Walking across the bridge over the Meuse after a dinner in the old centre, walking in the calm over the fastly streaming Meuse and looking at the old city with its many church towers.”

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

“I am not sure if it is really ‘hidden’, but before work, I like to stop by Coffeelovers.’

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

“It is an international city, easy to reach. Historical with a beautiful, modern congress centre. Delegates have a meeting at the conference, have dinner in town, and run into each other again at the Vogelstruys!”

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

“In a competitive market such as the congress market, it is important that at first, congress initiators and organisers can orientate themselves with an independent agency and without too much sales pressure. This is the importance of the Maastricht Convention Bureau. Subsequently, Maastricht sells itself!”

 

Earlier editions of this features:

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