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The IAF and Modint to host the 34th World Fashion Convention in Maastricht

World Fashion Convention 2018 hosted in Maastricht


The International Apparel Federation (IAF) decided to host to the 34th World Fashion Convention together with the Dutch fashion and textiles industry association Modint in the city of Maastricht on October 9th and 10th 2018. The decision was taken by the IAF Board of Directors on October 16th during the 33rd World Fashion Convention in Rio de Janeiro.

The IAF is a unique global federation uniting fashion industry associations, brands, retailers and major suppliers to the industry. Through the Convention, the IAF offers a place for the fashion industry to meet, to be informed and to be inspired by top national and international speakers. Previous speakers came from PVH, H&M, Hugo Boss, Desigual, Disney, VF, Zegna, Esquel and Escada, as well as McKinsey, BCG, the ILO, the World Bank and the OECD. The Convention is a well-established event, bringing together leaders from the fashion industry from over 20 countries. On top of that, visitors get acquainted with the local fashion supply chain of the host country.

The city of Maastricht is an excellent backdrop for the 34th World Fashion Convention. It is a fashion conscious, smart and creative city with a strong international character and in close proximity to world class logistic and material science hubs. Here, a new type of fashion industry is coming to life: more interdisciplinary and with a bigger focus on technology and on sustainability.

Jurgen Moors, director of the Maastricht Convention Bureau: “As a city and as a region we are glad to contribute to the success of this Convention, mainly because it helps to position internationally the fashion industry and the creative industry. These industries are both well established in Maastricht. It is exciting to see Maastricht feature alongside such host cities as Mumbai, Hong Kong, New Delhi and Shanghai.”

The Convention itself will be held in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Maastricht. Visitors will be welcomed at the beautiful Maastricht townhall. The social highlight of the Convention, the gala dinner, will take place at Chateau St. Gerlach.
Please check the IAF website for more information. The IAF and Modint look forward to welcoming you at the 34th World Fashion Convention in Maastricht on October 9th and 10th 2018!

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23rd Annual meeting European Association of Archaeologists in Maastricht

From Wednesday 30 August to Saturday 2 September, the prestigious international conference of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) takes place in Maastricht. In MECC Maastricht, around 2,000 archaeologists from around the world will gather, follow an impressive program and can choose from 175 sessions. Beside these sessions, there is a social program that takes place in Limburg and in the Euregio.

The EAA has 2,500 members from over 50 countries of all continents, making it the second largest archaeological association in the world.
The congress was co-founded with the support of the Province of Limburg.

Maastricht: building bridges
This 23rd EAA congress has the theme of Building Bridges and Sint Servaasbrug, which inspires the logo and the theme. We do not only build bridges in time, but also bridges across rivers, borders and cultures. After all, we are looking back at 25 years of Valetta’s treaty and 25 years of Maastricht Treaty: Europe Calling!

Program for residents and visitors of the city
During the EAA, meetings, activities and exhibitions will take place in various places. The following is an overview.
On Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 September there are free activities that will take place around the Kesselskade.

Roman patrol ship
A replica of a Liburna (Roman patrol ship) is docked at the shipping company Stiphout, and can you experience it as rowers how the Roman Navy patrolled the Maas 2000 years ago.

Other activities
There is also a Roman harbor on the Maasboulevard. Here are a number of Roman craftsmen on Saturday and Sunday at work and soldiers will monitor the ship. In the Taberna (Roman pub) are delights to taste from the 1st century.

Pioneers Exhibition
‘PIONEERS’ is a theme exhibition on the occasion of the 23rd Annual Meeting of the EAA / European Association of Archaeologists in Maastricht. The exhibition is about the fascination for discovering, excavating and re-showing of what is hidden.

Meet the Pro!
The presence of 2,000 archaeologists from all over the world at the EAA congress offers the opportunity to ask renowned archaeologists to engage with public and students. 2 Students Archaeological Heritage Management of UM will give a short presentation of the theme of their master’s thesis.

Designation of Roman bridge to national monument
The remains of the Roman bridge on the bottom of the Maas can be regarded as the cradle of Maastricht: without that bridge, Maastricht had never become Maastricht. The bridge is still a subject of archaeological research by divers of Mergor in Mosam from Cuijck. More and more remains of the bridge rinse freely and erode. A sustainable solution for this must be sought. A first step is the status of protected National Monument.

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Stayen new partner Maastricht Convention Bureau

The network of partners of the Maastricht Convention Bureau continues to grow: recently, Stayen (B) has joined the foundation.

The Maastricht Convention Bureau is a foundation that maps the Maastricht Region as a destination for multi-day (inter) national congresses, especially in the field of Health & Materials. In addition, the agency offers independent information, advice and mediation to people who want to organize their conference in the Maastricht Region. The Maastricht Convention Bureau facilitates and takes the worry of their hands. Close cooperation with regional international institutes, governments and euregional alliances is of great importance.

Staying has a clear reason for joining the foundation.



Marieke Höfte, Director: “As a multifunctional conference center, Stayen is located in Sint-Truiden in the heart of Haspengouw, just across the border in Belgium, with many possibilities for international conferences, events and hospitality. Cooperation with the Maastricht Convention Bureau is a logical step in further expansion to an international clientele.”


The Maastricht Convention Bureau is pleased with the accession of Stayen. Director Jurgen Moors: “Staying is an absolute asset for our venue portfolio. We are always striving for high-quality partnerships with locations and service providers from the region and surrounding border regions. This is only important for business bookers who make use of our services free of charge, as well as the organizations connected with us can work together and do business together, thanks to the close network.”

For an overview of all partners, click here.