Amsterdam RAI won the Best International Venue award at the 6th annual Exhibition News Awards on Thursday 29 March in London. The Excellence Awards are conferred annually on businesses that make outstanding contributions to the exhibition industry.
Amsterdam RAI was shortlisted in the ‘Best International Venue’ category, where it faced stiff competition from other nominees including Cape Town International Convention Centre, Suntec Singapore, Riocentro Rio de Janeiro, and last year’s winner, ADNEC Abu Dhabi.
In announcing its decision, the jury commented: “Amsterdam RAI was a clear winner in the Best International Venue category this year for its standout exhibition facilities and professional approach. The venue boasted a great location and offering” .
“We are proud to have won this prestigious award, which is a great recognition of our ongoing service improvements,” says Maurits van der Sluis, Commercial Director at Amsterdam RAI. “It is our goal to help international organisers make their event as successful as possible and the best experience for exhibitors and visitors alike. Amsterdam RAI should always be a venue that people wish to return to.”
The universal attractions of Amsterdam as a city with its core values of creativeness, enterprise and innovation as encapsulated in the “I Amsterdam” campaign also help ensure events are a success. “The culture of our city means that everybody feels at home right away, all within a stable business environment,” adds Van der Sluis.
Exhibition News is one of the leading trade magazines for the exhibition, conference and events industry. The category ‘Best International Venue’ was open to all large international exhibition venues with 10,000 sqm or more floor space that attract major international events. This is the first time Amsterdam RAI has been recognised as Best International Venue by the Exhibition News Awards.