Conference Venue

Geospatial World Forum 2013 will be held at Beurs-World Trade Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Beursplein 37
3011 AA Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Beurs-World Trade Center Rotterdam is the 'epicentre' of international business in the Rotterdam region. The building's specific qualities, the many facilities and the global successful WTC concept make Beurs-WTC a perfect place for business events. Beurs-WTC Congress & Event Center has received a number of commendable qualifications, such as the highest possible classification, 5 Hammer Congress Accommodation, awarded by the Accredited Congress Company. Also the Gold level of sustainability qualification 'The Green Key' has been achieved. Beurs-WTC is easy to reach, both by car and public transport. Beurs station is located just next to the building. Beurs-WTC has its own built-in car park. There is also parking available in the adjacent WTC-V&D multistorey car park.

Travelling within The Netherlands is most convenient using the public transport system. Frequent train service will get you to Rotterdam from any part of the country. Visit to know the train schedule most suitable to you. More integrated public transport information is also available at

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Rotterdam is the second-largest city in the Netherlands and one of the largest ports in the world. Starting as a dam constructed in 1270 on the Rotte River, Rotterdam has grown into a major international commercial centre. Its strategic location at the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta on the North Sea and at the heart of a massive rail, road, air and inland waterway distribution system extending throughout Europe is the reason that Rotterdam is often called the Gateway to Europe. Rotterdam is one of Europe's most vibrant, multicultural cities. The city is known for its university, cutting-edge architecture, lively cultural life, striking riverside setting, maritime heritage and the Rotterdam Blitz. To truly experience Rotterdam you have to embrace the port as well. A range of maritime activities in and around the city offer 'industrial tourism', from cruise tours to discovering the old ports in the city that have found a new lease on life as historical landmarks.

Rotterdam is an attraction in itself. There are many opportunities to discover Rotterdam by bike, boat, bus or even scooter, either with or without a guide. The Rotterdam ArchiGuides excursions, for instance, are an original way of getting to know the city's architecture and urban development. Starting from the NAi, their bicycle excursions show visitors all about the past and future of the most prominent architectural city in the Netherlands. Rotterdam is a Shoppers' paradise. Well known shopping destinations are Lijnbaan or Beurstraverse. The surrounding streets also house many small and often unique shops, for example in Nieuwe Binnenweg, Meent, Witte de Withstraat and around the Pannekoekstraat. In West Kruiskade you can find lots of exotic goods in all colours, smells and flavours in the many Chinese, Surinamese, Mediterranean or Arabic shops.

The climate in Rotterdam is quite temperate. The summer weather in Rotterdam is rarely over hot. Rainfall is fairly steady all year in Rotterdam, with no month particularly more wet than any other. Each month, rainfall ranges from 1.5 inches to 2.5 inches, so be sure to bring an umbrella and perhaps a light rain jacket. Rotterdam's winter climate has less to offer and the start of this season can be a little damp, while the months of January to May are the driest.

Getting to Rotterdam
The city is served by its very own airport, which is just 8 km / 5 miles north-west of the city centre.There are regular flights operating to The Hague Airport, Rotterdam from major cities in neighboring countries, operated by various airlines.

The currency in The Netherlands is EURO (EUR). For up-to-date exchange rates, please refer to a currency exchange site on the Internet, e.g.

Tourist Information
For tourist information on Rotterdam and The Netherlands, please refer to

Don't forget to check with your travel agency, or with the Dutch consulate or embassy in your country, if you need a visa to enter the country.