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Sandy Bartelet new Business Development Manager Conventions Maastricht Convention Bureau


On November 2nd, Sandy Bartelet joined the team of the Maastricht Convention Bureau, as Business Development Manager Conventions. The Maastricht Convention Bureau is a foundation which promotes the Maastricht region as a destination for conventions. 

Sandy Bartelet


Sandy Bartelet is looking forward to her new job: “As a destination for conferences, the Maastricht region has a lot to offer. With all the developments surrounding the Brightlands Campuses, there are many new opportunities for Maastricht as a destination for scientific meetings. I am very much looking forward to make sure even more scientific conventions will be held and developed here in the Maastricht region together with my colleagues and in cooperation with the partners of the Maastricht Convention Bureau and other important parties such as MECC Maastricht, Brightlands and the Maastricht municipality. This is a fantastic challenge, to which I am very much looking forward to! I was born in Maastricht, so after years of being away I am excited to return back to my roots!”


Sandy has lived and worked in various countries, including Germany and the United States and therefore is internationally orientated. After studying at the Hotel Management School in Maastricht, she worked at companies such as Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and just recently as Sales Executive Business Travel & Corporate MICE at Hilton Worldwide in Frankfurt.

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Here are the nominees for the first Brightlands Convention Award

On Saturday March 21st, during the annual TEFAF meeting of the convention ambassador club Amici ad Mosam, Mayor Onno Hoes will hand out the very first Brightlands Convention Award to the person who has meant most to Maastricht as a convention destination. We introduce the nominees for this award via this press release.

Amici ad Mosam was founded by MECC Maastricht and Maastricht Convention Bureau in 2011, to create a network and platform between regional academics, MECC Maastricht, and the Maastricht Convention Bureau. For many years now these two organisations have been building a relationship with academics from Maastricht & region. Together with them, they try to get conventions and scientific meetings to come to Maastricht & region and to initiate new ones.

The award is sponsored by Brightlands, which shows how important conventions are to the Maastricht Health Campus and the Chemelot Campus as well.

Below, the nominees for the very first Brightlands Convention Award are listed. They are in alphabetical order and besides their names, their specialties as well as the reason for their nomination are stated:

  1. Dr. Chris Arts – Orthopaedic – European Conference on Biomaterials 2018
  2. Prof. dr. Maarten van Kleef – Anaesthesiology|Pain Management- WIP; World Institute of Pain 2014
  3. Gilbert Soeters – Archaeology – Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeology 2017
  4. Prof. dr. Yasin Temel – Neurosurgeon |MHENS – ESSFN; European Society for Stereotactic Neurofunction Surgery 2014

The board of the Maastricht Convention Bureau elects the winner from these nominees. The winner will be announced by Mayor Onno Hoes on Saturday March 21st. The board members of the Maastricht Convention Bureau are: Frans Willem Cox, director Hotel Van der Valk Maastricht, Lars Flinkerbusch, director VVV Maastricht Tourist Office, Susanne Pauwels, managing director of Pauwels Congress Organisers and Rob van de Wiel, director MECC Maastricht. Chairman of the board is Jan Kees Dunning, CEO Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus.

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International Committee for Insurance Medicine (ICLAM) in Maastricht in 2016

22 – 25 May 2016 Maastricht welcomes the prestigious 25th Congress of the International Committee for Insurance Medicine (ICLAM). ICLAM (formerly AIMECA) was founded in 1901 in Amsterdam and will celebrate its 115th birthday in 2016. Therefore, the board of ICLAM chose to return to its origins. For the fourth time in history The Netherlands is the hosting country for the triennial Life Disability and Health Insurance Medicine convention. Over 500 insurance professionals will attend the convention where various topics related to medical and surgical treatments and advances will be discussed.

ICLAM is an intercontinental convention on insurance knowledge. The meeting has as subject the latest developments in medical science and the latest statistics on prognoses of medical and surgical treatment in the field of “life, disability and health insurance.” Topics from all medicine are discussed, from the perspective of different approaches such as statistics / epidemiology, medical technology / laboratory, medical law and ethics. During the conference there is plenty of opportunity to meet colleagues from around the world informally. ICLAM is an independent non-profit organization (association) with no commercial interests. The theme for ICLAM 2016 will be “accessibility of insurance”; a hot topic that leads to different social problems in different continents.

ICLAM in Maastricht
The organization of ICLAM chose Maastricht because of the hospitality, gastronomy, historical and international character and the many facilities the city has to offer. There is plenty to do; Maastricht is vibrant and large enough to draw your own plan, but also charming and compact enough to meet your international friends. Besides the personal approach and the good cooperation between the MECC Maastricht and the Maastricht Convention Bureau and the facilities of the MECC Maastricht played an important role.

Economic importance
International conventions such ICLAM are a major economic boost for the city of Maastricht. Regardless of income, these types of events are of great importance for employment and the reputation of the region.
The coming of ICLAM means to Maastricht & region:
• between 500 and 600 convention attendees, that stay in the city with or without a partner;
• attendees stay at least 4 days (often people come earlier or stay longer);
• there are at least 1.500 hotel stays;
• attendees spend together approximately € 730.000 in Maastricht & region .

Mr John Aarts, alderman Economics, Mobility and Finance, explains: “The revenues for the city are high. Many different parties benefit from a convention or forum that takes place in MECC Maastricht. Think for example of hotels that accommodate the attendees, but also to transport organizations that bring them to and from MECC Maastricht. In addition, participants and exhibitors will visit our beautiful downtown during their stay in Maastricht. They will visit restaurants and shops, they will drink and eat and buy souvenirs or gifts for home. “

Please visit and the Linkedin profile of ICLAM