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Rotterdam as a destination

Rotterdam: the ideal destination for your event

Rotterdam has a lot to offer, in all sorts of areas. Besides forming a wonderful destination for a city break, Rotterdam is also an excellent choice of location for international conferences thanks to its world-class convention venues. The city offers an extensive public transport network, an impressive array of museums and theatres, a wide range of restaurants and hotels, and a fantastic selection of shops.

With its own international airport and located only 25 minutes by train from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Rotterdam’s accessibility is nothing short of outstanding. In short: Rotterdam has everything required to make your event a resounding success.

The Netherlands’ second conference city

Rotterdam is the Netherlands’ second conference city after the Dutch capital of Amsterdam. The city offers numerous reasons for conference organisers to hold their event in Rotterdam: the presence of world-renowned institutions like Erasmus MC and Erasmus University Rotterdam, for example. Rotterdam is even more attractive as a conference destination thanks to its excellent international accessibility, competitive price-quality ratio and compact structure.

Gateway to Europe

Rotterdam, World Port World City, represents over 400 years of success in international trade and shipping. The port of Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe, and one of the leading international seaports worldwide. The city can be considered the Gateway to Europe. A huge number of vessels call on the port and make use of Rotterdam’s handling facilities. The unloaded containers are then forwarded to destinations across Europe by ship, train or trucks.

Rotterdam: facts & figures (2015)
  • 630,000 residents, 170 nationalities
  • Founded in 1270, city rights since 1340
  • Europe’s largest port, ranking 9th worldwide
  •  57th place in the ICCA ranking, the Netherlands’ number 2 conference city
  • 45 international association conferences
Erasmus MC

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is a research university with a pronounced international orientation and strong roots in the city of Rotterdam and the wider region. Erasmus MC is Rotterdam’s university medical centre and is affiliated with Erasmus University.