Global civil society activity in Netherlands

The Netherlands, informally Holland, is a country located in Northwestern Europe with overseas territories in the Caribbean. It is the largest of four constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Netherlands consists of twelve provinces; it borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, with a North Sea coastline to the north and west. It shares maritime borders with the United Kingdom, Germany and Belgium in the North Sea. The country's official language is Dutch, with West Frisian as a secondary official language in the province of Friesland. Dutch Low Saxon and Limburgish are recognised regional languages, while Dutch Sign Language, Sinte Romani and Yiddish are recognised non-territorial languages. Dutch, English and Papiamento are official in the Caribbean territories.

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Meetings Statistics

From UIA's International Meetings Statistics Report

Top 25 over 20 years

Netherlands is ranked #12 over a 20 year period,
with 6981 meetings since 2001.

Top 25 in 2021

Netherlands is ranked #13 in 2021, with 144 meetings.

Local UIA Partner

Amsterdam-RAI Congress Centre


We believe in the power of connecting. To bring people, ideas and visions together in a world full of opportunities.

As a facilitating and organising party, Amsterdam RAI connects context, content and communities with one another. We create the right conditions in which inspiring meetings can take place. In which various languages can understand each other as one. This synergy creates the added value of a good experience and/or a business success. Amsterdam RAI links people both physically and virtually so they can inspire, surprise and enrich one another. Always with an open mind and a global perspective.

In addition to organising 25 of its own exhibition titles, Amsterdam RAI facilitates over 500 events a year, including exhibitions, conferences, corporate events and other niche events organised in the exhibition halls and conference centre.

Amsterdam RAI Exhibitions annually organises over 25 national and international consumer and trade fairs. As the organising party, we wish to act as a matchmaker between visitors and exhibitors. Our international titles have regional spin-offs in China, America, Poland, India, Mexico and Turkey. Wherever they may be held around the world, the emphasis is on generating and maintaining new and existing business for our exhibitors, visitors, sponsors and partners.

Local UIA Partner

Amsterdam Convention Bureau by amsterdam&partners


The Amsterdam Convention Bureau (CVB) by amsterdam&partners, is the official bureau for promoting Amsterdam as the ideal conference destination. We work independently and offer a number of free services.

How we can help

The Amsterdam CVB is your dedicated contact for organising conferences, meetings and events in Amsterdam. We help you organise impactful conferences and meetings that truly add value for delegates, local businesses and residents alike. So, you can make a difference and create a true impact.

Our services
  • Location advice: We help you make a shortlist of the most suitable venues and offer tailor-made suggestions. 

  • Bid assistance: Let us help you compile your RFP.

  • Site inspections: Have your programme for a site inspection arranged from A to Z.

  • Hotel room blocks: Convenient for you, and hassle-free for your delegates.

  • Promotional material: Use our free toolkit to support your story.

  • Local services providers and event planning support: Whatever services you need, we can connect you.

Extensive knowledge and business network 

Amsterdam has an extensive knowledge network with universities, research centres and companies. We can connect you with our partners and with the Municipality of Amsterdam. Sharing knowledge, to give your conference real impact.

Life Sciences & Health 

Amsterdam is a leader in the field of life sciences and health. The concentration and cooperation of many research institutions, hospitals, universities, companies and start-ups form an innovative and dense Life Sciences and Health hub. We can connect you to these partners. By combining and sharing your knowledge, you can make the best of your association event. And make a real impact.

Local UIA Partner

Maastricht Convention Bureau


Maastricht Convention Bureau (MCB) offers professional, independent and objective information, advice and mediation regarding any aspect of organising business meetings: congress centres, hotels, venues for your party or dinner, transportation, organisational support, catering, social and partner programmes. Their services are entirely free of charge.

They know the possibilities of Maastricht & region like no one else and they represent more than forty different organisations which offer you their services. MCB works together with event agencies, PCOs, caterers, transport companies and suppliers of audio-visual equipment and personnel. They also represent several design and classic venues: convention centres, hotels, party and dinner locations, castles and caves. In the historical part of the city, but also in the parts with modern architecture and in the green, hilly surroundings of Maastricht.

In short: whatever you want to organise, thanks to the wide range of possibilities in Maastricht & surrounding area and our expertise, your event will never be forgotten.

Curious about Maastricht & region and the possibilities for your event? Take a look at theyr website. You will get to know Maastricht & region and you will discover which organizations can offer you their services. Using their Venue & Service Finder, you can specifically search for organizations that meet your wishes. You can also request an offer.

Local UIA Partner

Rotterdam Partners


Rotterdam Partners Convention Bureau offers free, objective and professional advice to organisers of congresses or business meetings about the opportunities on offer in Rotterdam. They help decide on venues, leisure programmes and communication choices to ensure that a congress, fair, meeting or business trip is a success. Services include:

  • Advice and mediation: Provides advice about the choice of business venue and accommodation, and provides contacts with venues and hotels, Professional Congress Organisers (PCOs), Destination Management Companies (DMCs) and suppliers.
  • Site inspection, FAM trip & Inspiration Day: Takes care of site inspections for the local organising committee or international board at locations including hotels, congress venues and restaurants. FAM trips and Inspiration Days are eye-opening ways to get to know what's on offer in Rotterdam.
  • Production, co-financing and subsidies: Provides support in producing and in co-financing your bid book and/or presentations. Rotterdam Partners has all the latest information on subsidy rules and incentives on offer.
  • Advice on putting together a programme: Helps organise a programme of leisure activities to accompany a fair or congress.
  • Free visual aids: There are over 700 copyright-free photographs of Rotterdam in the Rotterdam Branding Toolkit which can be used free of charge to help promote an event in Rotterdam. Promotional videos are also available to be used in presentations.
  • City information: Besides their time at a congress or fair, visitors should thoroughly enjoy their stay in Rotterdam. They can make use of city information resources, including the Rotterdam App, the City Map, Dining in Rotterdam, Rotterdam Shopping City, the Rotterdam Welcome Card and Roaming Rotterdam. These will help congress and fair participants to quickly find their way around the city. Rotterdam Partners Convention Bureau can for the most part provide these aids free of charge.

Local UIA Partner



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Organizations based in Netherlands

Universal Esperanto Association - Rotterdam
International Confederation of Midwives - The Hague
WorldSkills International - Amsterdam
International Blind Sports Federation - Zeist
International Society for Human and Animal Mycology - 's Hertogenbosch
International Korfball Federation - Utrecht
International Society of City and Regional Planners - The Hague
International Federation of Associations of Pharmaceutical Physicians - Woerden
International Committee of Museums and Collections of Arms and Military History - Soesterberg
World Sand Sculpting Academy - The Hague
International Association for Disability and Oral Health - Gennep
International Society of Transdisciplinary Engineering - Delft
International Association of Dredging Companies - The Hague
International Society for Neurochemistry - Amsterdam
Association of National Committees of the Blue Shield - The Hague
International Society of Blood Purification - Rotterdam
International Society of Craniofacial Surgery - Rotterdam
International Society for Sexual Medicine - Wormerveer
Worldwide Network of Artists Residencies - Amsterdam
International Cremation Federation - The Hague
International Esperantist Scientific Association - Rotterdam
International Association of Hotel School Directors - The Hague
International Association of Labour History Institutions - Amsterdam
Union internationale des laboratoires indépendants - Breda
Tug of War International Federation - Jellum

View More profiles (1370) in the Yearbook of International Organizations

Future Events in Netherlands

2032 World ContestWorld Ploughing Organization - Jellum

2028 CongressEuropean Association for Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery - Amsterdam

2027 EE MeetingEntente Européenne d'Aviculture et de Cuniculture - Amsterdam

2026 Annual CongressInternational Union of Marine Insurance - Rotterdam

2026 World Congress of Gerontology and GeriatricsInternational Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics - Amsterdam

2025 World Energy CongressWorld Energy Council - Rotterdam

2025 World Statistics CongressInternational Statistical Institute - The Hague

2025 Annual CongressLiga Medicorum Homoeopathica Internationalis - The Hague

2025 ConferenceEuropean String Teachers Association - The Hague

2024 Annual Plenary CongressAssociation of Space Explorers - The Hague

2024 Eurocon ConventionEuropean Science Fiction Society - Rotterdam

2024 International Mycological CongressInternational Mycological Association - Maastricht

2024 Biennial European CongressEuropean Federation of Biotechnology - Maastricht

2024 International Biotechnology SymposiumInternational Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry - Maastricht

2024 CongressFederation of the European Societies for Surgery of the Hand - Rotterdam

View More Future Events (66) in The International Congress Calendar

Past Events in Netherlands

2022 Associations Round Table - Europe – Union of International Associations - Rotterdam
2022 CAF 2020 Total Quality Management framework – A Tool for Revamping Public Administrations in the Post COVID Era – European Institute of Public Administration - Maastricht
2022 Conference – European Association for Practitioner Research on Improving Learning - Nijmegen
2022 Closure of 2014-2020 Structural & Cohesion Funds Programmes and Financial Management Changes for 2021-2027 – European Institute of Public Administration - Maastricht
2022 General Assembly – European Committee for Homeopathy - Utrecht
2022 Conference – BOBCATSSS Association - The Hague
2022 Annual Directors Forum – European Network of Science Centres and Museums - Amsterdam
2022 Impact Days Meeting – Euclid Network - The Hague
2022 Cybersecurity Policies and Practices in the EU - for non-IT Experts – European Institute of Public Administration - Maastricht
2022 Recent Developments in European Public Procurement and Case Law – European Institute of Public Administration - Maastricht
2022 Coworking Europe Conference – Coworking Europe conference - Amsterdam
2022 Everything You Wanted to Know About the European Green Deal 2021–2027 – European Institute of Public Administration - Maastricht
2022 World Congress on Women’s Mental Health – International Association for Women's Mental Health - Maastricht
2022 Cohesion Policy Project Appraisal 2021-2027, CBA, and Economic Appraisal (Basic and Advanced) – European Institute of Public Administration - Maastricht
2022 Annual Conference – International Network Against Cyber Hate - Amsterdam

View More Past Events (17684) in The International Congress Calendar

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