From left to right: Miriam Sigler(Ways and Means) Joost Ringeling, Jolanda Visser and Mathys Taekema (RAI Amsterdam) and Mark Durden-Smith

RAI Amsterdam won the Best International Venue award at the twelfth annual Exhibition News Awards on Friday 23 March 2018 in London for the fourth time. The Exhibition News Awards are conferred annually on businesses which make outstanding contributions to the exhibition industry and are acknowledged as the key event on the exhibition industry calendar. The award was collected by the business development team of RAI Amsterdam.

RAI Amsterdam was shortlisted in the ‘Best International Venue’ category, where it faced stiff competition from other nominees, including Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Expoforum convention & exhibition center St. Petersburg, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, IFEMA Feria de Madrid, International Convention Centre Sydney, Shanghai New International Expo Centre en Singapore EXPO Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Jury report
In announcing its decision, the jury commented: “The entry from RAI Amsterdam showed how much they have engaged with their partners and the city as well as demonstrating thought leadership with the industry”.


“We are proud to have won this award for the fourth time,” says Maurits van der Sluis, COO at RAI Amsterdam. “It shows that our efforts are noticed and paying off. Our goal is to help (international) exhibition organisers make their event the biggest success possible and a meaningful experience for exhibitors and visitors. We are proud that we can contribute to the success and annually be the home of smaller and big trade exhibitions like the well- known IBC, ISE and PLMA in the city of Amsterdam.

Adam is the co-founder and editor of Adam, a technology evangelist also organises Event Tech Live, Europe’s only show dedicated to event technology and the Event Technology Awards. Both events take place in November, London.