Ten-year anniversary of the Utrecht Convention Bureau
Exactly 10 years ago, the Utrecht Convention Bureau (UCB) was founded as an initiative of the municipality of Utrecht, in collaboration with, among others, the province of Utrecht. The aim of the UCB is to promote the Utrecht Region as an (inter)national conference destination. Operating as part of Utrecht Marketing, the UCB has contributed to an economic impact of more than 112 million euros in the Utrecht Region over the past 10 years.
Conferences play a crucial role in international exchange of knowledge and add extra dynamism to a lively and smart city. By acquiring and supporting international scientific conferences, the UCB, together with the Utrecht Science Park and its renowned knowledge institutions, contributes to the image of a healthy and green city and region.
More than just economic impact
The economic value of multi-day international conferences is substantial. This value concerns expenditure on travel and accommodation costs in the city and region. In recent years, Utrecht has become an increasingly attractive destination for conferences. This is reflected in the increase of economic value of €5.5 million in 2011 to almost €28 million in 2019.
Cor Jansen, director of Utrecht Marketing: "Utrecht has a lot to offer with its vibrant city centre and green region. Congress delegates quickly feel at home because of the excellent accommodations and the compactness and warm atmosphere of the city. And let's not forget: in addition to their great economic value, conferences are also significant to the international reputation of Utrecht Region. This is important for attracting and retaining suitable companies and talent.
About the Utrecht Convention Bureau
The UCB provides expert, free and independent advice to organisers of congresses, meetings and other business events about the possibilities that Utrecht city and region has to offer. For more information about the UCB, visit utrechtconventionbureau.com.