The Hague Convention Bureau (part of The Hague & Partners) won 92 international congresses in 2019, a 48% increase compared to 2018. International congresses won across The Hague in 2019 achieved an estimated economic impact of €48.79 million for the city. Provisional numbers from the Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions (NBTC) show that The Hague achieved nearly 213,000 congress days in 2019, an increase of 9% compared to the previous year.
Bas Schot, Head of The Hague Convention Bureau commented: “These figures are a testament to the collaborative approach we are seeing across the venues, hotels and suppliers throughout The Hague. Our excellent transport links, well established infrastructure and reputation for the delivery of high-profile events are all helping us increase our presence across the global congress market. The Hague is the International City of Peace and Justice where every day, tens of thousands of people are working together towards a better, safer and more just world.”
A key factor for The Hague Convention Bureau was its focus on knowledge infrastructure and direct engagement with associations to drive new congresses to the city. Peace and justice, legal and finance, cyber security, renewable energy, IT & tech, life science, and the Impact Economy are key sectors for The Hague, accounting for over 91% of all acquired conferences in 2019. https://conventionbureau.thehague.com/