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With a thriving creative community and some of the most inspiring conference space in Europe, Amsterdam is just the place to hold a successful business meeting


Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most exciting and promising cities. Attractive and open to the world, it’s a city that reflects the personality of its people. Amsterdam has a lot  to offer, such as a rich cultural program with many theatres, museums, numerous restaurants and last but not least a lively night life. The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area has what it takes to help your business excel. Over 2,100 international companies have set up shop here and have chosen to become part of our long history as a successful business hub and leading trade centre.

The American magazine Marketing called Amsterdam ‘the ideal place to experiment with different business areas and attract global talent, poised to emerge as one of the most attractive cities of the European continent’. Established international newspapers such as Der Spiegel and The New York Times called Amsterdam ‘The Creative Magnet’ and ‘The Hub of Europe’. This status is reflected in our worldwide top ten position in the ICCA rankings, and of course this attracts global talent and business.

Each and every year, Amsterdam RAI bids a warm welcome to more than two million visitors. The combination of excellent service, perfect accessibility and the exciting city of Amsterdam for business and pleasure, is what makes Amsterdam RAI unique. Just 15 minutes from both the centre of Amsterdam and Schiphol International Amsterdam RAI provides the location and flexibility to host almost every event imaginable.

Convention centre
The fully air-conditioned RAI complex covers a total exhibition area of 84,000sq m (904,168ft). Eleven multifunctional halls are available for exhibitions, congresses, meetings and other events. The congress centre comprises 48 congress and conference rooms with a capacity up to 1,750 people. In addition, the state-of-the-art ballroom offers event space of up to 1,883sq m (20,268ft). When more capacity is needed, the exhibitions halls can be fitted out as fully fledged conference halls.

Built in 2009, RAI Elicium is the contemporary face of Amsterdam RAI. As well as enriching the RAI itself, this innovative building is also a major addition to the Amsterdam landscape. The futuristic structure connects the various parts of Amsterdam RAI and was built with the latest environmental technology, such as a climate facade and thermal storage 187m (614ft) below the ground, in mind.

Amsterdam RAI’s strategy is aimed at the flexible and intensive deployment of the existing property of 23 hectares to create the maximum number of lettable square metres. This has been further realized by the addition of the Elicium and the development of more flexible areas in the building and the outside terrain. In the long term we may build new added value facilities such as a hotel.

Buildings and grounds
Amsterdam RAI has eleven multifunctional exhibition halls, a conference hall and theatre that can seat 1,750 people, a large hall (ballroom) in the Elicium (suitable for exhibitions and conferences for a maximum of 2,000 people and gala dinners for up to 750 people), 31 smaller high-quality conference rooms and 35 meeting rooms. The number of meeting rooms can be expanded to 125 and the total floor area is 87,000sq m. In addition, part of the outside space can facilitate around 10,000sq m of floor surface for temporary pavilions. Amsterdam RAI also has a total of 3,200 parking spaces.

With its central location and excellent physical and ICT infrastructure, Amsterdam is a gateway to Europe and beyond. Amsterdam’s international airport Schiphol, with direct flights to over 200 cities in 97 countries, is nearby. The train from the airport takes eight minutes to reach Amsterdam RAI station. NS-station Amsterdam RAI is 300 metres from the RAI and has regular connections to all parts of the Netherlands, like Schiphol, Rotterdam, Utrecht, The Hague and is also linked to the international train network. If you arrive at Amsterdam Central Station (CS) the express tram will take you to Amsterdam RAI in 12 minutes.

Hotel & travel service
For international guests RAI Hotel & Travel Service can arrange hotel accommodation in and around Amsterdam, book flights, transfers, excursions, car and bicycle rental and social events. The RAI Convention Centre manage bookings for large and small events each year, arranging thousands of hotel reservations for conferences, exhibitions and other events, naturally, at the best rates available. As a result it has strong buying power, excellent knowledge and booking experience of the hotels in and around the Dutch capital.

The organisation also understands the importance of a good hotel where guests can unwind and recharge every night. Every detail of your reservation can be organised, leaving your time free for more important matters.

The RAI Convention Centre can organize every detail of your reservation, leaving you free for more important matters. No handling or management fee will be charged. Via a dedicated website, created in the look and feel of your event, your delegates can book whatever they need for a well organised trip and pleasant stay in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam RAI, P.O. Box 77777 NL
1070 MS Amsterdam
Tel: +31 (0) 20 549 12 12
Fax: +31 (0) 20 646 44 69
Email: raimarketing@rai.nl

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