Grand Opening new MECC Maastricht conference centre cancelled

Maastricht, 25 November 2021 – MECC Maastricht has decided to cancel the Grand Opening of the new conference centre which was planned for Monday, 6 December and which was to be attended by Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands. Given the rising rates of infection, MECC Maastricht does not believe it would be responsible to organise a festive event such as this at this time. It goes without saying that the safety and health of guests and employees come first. In the new year, MECC Maastricht will invite all invitees individually to present the renovated conference centre.

Upgrade and expansion of the conference centre
Part of a broader investment plan that had already begun several years earlier, the comprehensive upgrade and expansion of the MECC Maastricht conference centre, the beating economic heart of Limburg, started in 2019. This revitalisation was necessary for the location to continue to compete with national and international venues as a conference destination, and to keep meeting the high demands of international conference organisers and participants. The new building was completed this past June and was to be officially opened on 6 December, in the presence of Princess Margriet. This is an official and historically symbolic act, considering it was exactly 33 years ago that Princess Margriet opened the then brand-new MECC Maastricht on 23 September 1988. Journalist, television hostess and former news anchor Dionne Stax was to chair the official opening.

Open Day
Held prior to the invitation-only Grand Opening event, the Open Day was scheduled for Saturday, 20 November for the residents of Maastricht. Fortunately, we were able to hold this event in a safe and responsible manner. The Open Day was a successful and well-attended occasion, and MECC Maastricht was pleased to be able to give many fellow city residents a tour of our renovated conference centre.


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