MECC Maastricht to host one of the largest international dog shows of the Netherlands for next five years

Maastricht, 29 June 2021 – On 25 and 26 September 2021, MECC Maastricht will be home to the International Dog Show Maastricht during a two-day event. The dog show has been held at MECC Maastricht since 1989, making the MHSV (Maastrichtse Honden Sport Vereniging) the MECC’s oldest customer. Today, 32 years later, the five-year contract was signed by John Wauben on behalf of the board of MHSV and Frank Mimpen, MECC Maastricht Commercial Director, for the period from 2021 to 2026. The event has grown to become one of the largest dog shows in the Netherlands with more than 3,000 dogs participating.

Founded in 1920, the Maastricht kennel club MHSV celebrated its centenary last year and is one of the oldest kennel clubs in the Netherlands. During the international dog show, dog lovers can enter their dogs for judging based on the appearance specified by the corresponding breed standard. The show is open to everyone, from breeders to proud dog owners, and a judge will evaluate all the dogs individually and prepare a show report.

John Wauben: ‘Our dog show has been a customer of MECC Maastricht since the venue opened. Each year, over 3,000 dogs and 10,000 visitors from over 30 countries come together here. Thanks in part to the customer focus of MECC Maastricht’s management and staff, we have been able to satisfy the needs of our exhibitors and visitors for over 30 years. They consider MECC Maastricht to be an indispensable location in the international dog world. Last year, when COVID-19 threw a spanner in the works everywhere, the MECC made it possible for us to put on a fantastic event, and we owe much of this success to a team that was there for us as a customer and was also massively helpful at finding solutions. Our negotiations for this new contract were also very constructive. We are proud that we will be a part of the MECC family again for the coming five years.’

Frank Mimpen, MECC Maastricht Commercial Director: ‘Our team goes beyond boundaries every day for our clients; after all, we believe in lasting relationships. Our trust in our clients plays an important role in this. And vice versa; we experience the great degree of trust our customers have in us, every day. This is why we are so proud of our close relationship with our most loyal client ever: a huge congratulations and thanks to the Maastricht kennel club for another anniversary. They have believed in our ambitions from the very start, and place their trust in us year after year to work together on creating the perfect event.’

From left to right: John Wauben - on behalf of the board of the Maastrichtse Honden Sport Vereniging (MHSV), Nilac - 11 weeks old Newfoundland puppy, Frank Mimpen, Commercial Director MECC Maastricht


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