According to the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), Rotterdam now holds 52nd position among the most popular congress city worldwide, up five places, and is 32nd in the European rankings.

Having hosting 49 international congresses in 2016, Rotterdam owes its increasing popularity as a congress hub due to the rise of the number of well-equipped congress venues.

Highlighting the economic value of such events, Karin van den Berg, general manager, Hilton Rotterdam, commented, “[…] The average expenditure of a congress visitor is higher than many other visitors and contributes to the economic development of the city.”