EXHIBITON AND CONFERENCE ORGANISATION
RAI Amsterdam is an international exhibition and conference organisation.
Our specialism is bringing people together to connect and inspire each other.
1.5 MILLION VISITORS
Our Convention Centre in Amsterdam welcomes some 1.5 million visitors a year to consumer & trade exhibitions, conferences, shows and other events.
OWNER AND ORGANISER
RAI Amsterdam has developed a portfolio of exhibition titles which the RAI owns and organises.
IN AMSTERDAM & ABROAD
The RAI also organises similar events outside of the Netherlands based on trade exhibitions which take place in Amsterdam.
RAI Amsterdam provides added value for its visitors by bringing them together in an inspiring environment. In doing so way we stimulate the sustainable growth and development of people, markets and our environment, and contribute to successful business, memorable events, pleasant evenings or any other goal that connects our guests.
inspiring visitors during Integrated Systems Europe 2017
visitors getting inspired at Integrated Systems Europe 2017
National consumer and other exhibitions are the bedrock on which RAI Amsterdam’s reputation is built and represent the foundation of our success. Over the coming years, the RAI hopes to enhance the connecting function it fulfils on a local and national level.
Internationally oriented events in high value sectors will be the engine of our future growth. In addition to our facilities and services, the RAI offers its organisers, exhibitors and (international) visitors a unique proposition. Thanks to the city’s good its image in terms of safety, openness & tolerance, the allure of its architecture & atmosphere and easy accessibility via Schiphol, Amsterdam is an exhibition and conference destination par excellence. The central location of the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre within the city and our outstanding reputation in the field of hospitality ensure that visitors have a pleasant and productive stay.
growth due to international events
daytime at the RAI...
...evenings in the city and hotel
RAI Amsterdam stimulates the economy in the city and region. Hotels, restaurants, museums, transport companies, suppliers and the airport benefit from the large number of exhibitors and visitors who visit the city due to the many – often international – exhibitions, conferences and events. Business visitors who stay a few days also benefit the city and the surrounding area.
RAI Amsterdam stimuleert stad en regio
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is an integral part of the strategy of RAI Amsterdam. Our events aim to stimulate sustainable development and enhance the wellbeing of people and society, now and in the future. Our corporate activities contribute to the prosperity and development of Amsterdam and the surrounding area. We achieve this by attracting local suppliers, training students and helping them gain work experience, and offering opportunities to local residents who are disadvantaged in the labour market. Another key component of our integrated social focus is limiting the impact of large events on daily life in the city wherever possible and having an active dialogue with all our stakeholders. Finally, we keep a close eye on our ecological impact and contribute to various projects aimed at creating a better world. In all these ways, we aim to ensure that RAI Amsterdam continues to provide a valuable contribution to society, year in year out. Social costs and benefits are a major component in all our decision-making processes.
integrated approach to social costs and benefits
Aquatech Amsterdam, sustainability
RAI employees are proud to contribute their experience and expertise, providing a wide range of services and products which ensure a hospitable welcome. Thanks to the professionalism of these employees all the requirements of our clients are met to their complete satisfaction.
years of experience in meeting the most diverse requirements
RAI Amsterdam employs over 400 people (376 FTEs). Approximately half of these have a commercial position, around a third have an operational role and some 10% are in management. Temp workers are also deployed for specific events. There is a fixed pool of around 300 regular flexible workers and RAI Amsterdam employs some 3,000 temps a year. Realising events in teams and switching quickly to prepare for upcoming events makes working at the RAI an energetic and inspiring challenge which varies every day.
400 employees and around 3,000 flexible workers
The RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre is an innovative, sustainable and cost-efficient complex which accommodates around 500 events a year.
around 500 events
The strength of our convention centre lies in its multifunctional character, which allows the RAI to switch quickly and flexibly between the widest possible range of uses. This is one of the reasons why the weighted average effective occupancy rate of the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre is one of the highest in Europe.
the dynamics of combi-letting: fast and flexible switching between events
The Convention Centre is situated on the edge of Amsterdam’s city centre and has its own train and metro station. A second metro station, connected to the North/South metro line, is expected to open in the summer of 2018. Visitors can travel from the Convention Centre to the main hall at Schiphol Airport or the historic centre of Amsterdam in around ten minutes.
the Europa Hall with (behind it) the Amtrium, which was opened in 2016
We work with a variety of partners who are leaders in their respective sectors in order to develop and maintain communities. We bring members of these communities together during events, which has enabled RAI Amsterdam to create a portfolio containing a wide range of exhibition titles owned and organised by the RAI.
25 national and international consumer and trade events
In total, RAI Amsterdam organises around 25 consumer and trade events a year either in Amsterdam or abroad. They focus on various social challenges with which the RAI aims to contribute to the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals as drawn up by the United Nations.
in Amsterdam and abroad
With a clear focus on first-class, internationally oriented events and on collating knowledge of markets and target groups, RAI Amsterdam has exhibition titles in five sectors in which it is a global market leader. The growth in lettings for various international and periodical exhibitions and conferences organised by third parties also contributes to our strong international position.
world market leader in five sectors
RAI Amsterdam develops and maintains communities in the sectors and fields of these events, and facilitates both physical and virtual meetings to enhance the reach of conferences and exhibitions beyond the event itself.
'year round' contact with communities
The holding company of RAI Amsterdam is RAI Holding B.V. which has two shareholders: the RAI Association and the City of Amsterdam.
The RAI Association – the trade association for manufacturers, importers and wholesalers of mobility-related products such as cars, trucks, bicycles and trailers – owns 75% of the shares in RAI Amsterdam. The association, which has around 700 members, has been involved with RAI Amsterdam ever since the bicycle industry started organising an annual trade exhibition in the city in 1893. The name RAI, an abbreviation (in Dutch) for ‘bicycle and automotive industry’, came a few years later when the automotive sector joined.
RAI Association: 75%
The remaining 25% of shares are owned by the City of Amsterdam, an arrangement that dates back to 1956 and has an economic background. The City of Amsterdam decided in 2016 to start the process of selling the municipal interest.
City of Amsterdam: 25%