Royal Jaarbeurs wins Gold Award for Best Conference Venue
Utrecht, 30 January 2023 – Royal Jaarbeurs wins National Gold Award for ‘Best Conference Venue of 2022’. Initiator of the award is the trade journal for business events venues MEETINGS. Jeroen van Hooff, CEO Royal Jaarbeurs: “Winning this award is a huge honour. We are extremely proud of being able to offer a stage for exceptional events and facilitate special encounters on a daily basis. From a huge congress at our Beatrix Theatre to custom conferences at our Media Plaza.”
Gold Award: more than a central location with good rooms
Jaarbeurs won the audience award for its great location and for the great variety of small rooms to large halls. In addition, the location has a strong support team. Erik Peekel, moderator: “If you say event venue, you say Jaarbeurs. It is iconic, people know it, and ‘it does what it says on the tin’.”
Jeroen van Hooff: “We have been around for more than 105 years and have generations of experience in this industry. We use all that experience for the benefit of our customers and their guests. For example, our congress locations each have their own style. With a the right location and custom facilities, you can convey and boost the image of the customer. We regularly receive feedback from customers about how cooperative we were and that we gave them good advice on how to organise the congress in the best possible way. Our first priority is the encounter between people, and the way in which that is facilitated makes a lasting impression.”
Jaarbeurs is also continuously taking steps in the field of sustainability. “In 2023, we want to save at least 900 tonnes of CO2 in our hospitality activities. That is why, among other things, we now have a primarily vegetarian food range. We sell left-over food via Too Good To Go and we donate packaged food to the local food bank,” Jeroen van Hooff explains.
Election Conference Venue of the Year
The MEETINGS AWARDS is an annual initiative of the trade journal MEETINGS. It comprises four audience awards in the categories ‘Best Meeting Venue’, ‘Best Event Venue’, ‘Best Training Venue’ and ‘Best Conference Venue’. The MEETINGS AWARDS have been awarded to the best MICE companies and venues since 2006. Initially, the awards were an idea of the magazines Conference & Event and Training, Development & Locations (TD&L), now merged into the industry-broad trade journal MEETINGS. People were able to vote for the best MEETINGS venues in the Netherlands and Belgium between 1 October and 31 December 2022.