THE NETHERLANDS – The city of Rotterdam knows a thing or two about resilience and Ahoy, one of the Netherlands most prized venues, is no different.
It has been a bumpy ride for the space and team of 250 event professionals, from being announced as the host of Eurovision 2020 to receiving the news of its cancellation to then being declared as the host of Eurovision 2021.
CEO Jolanda Jansen sees how this historic year has unfolded and what to expect next.
Rotterdam Ahoy is a unique venue in the Netherlands with a space that houses a combination of an Arena, Exhibition and Event halls and a Congress and Meeting Centre. Since 1971 it has accommodated big concerts such as the MTV EMA back in 2016, conferences, exhibits, presentations, congresses, tournaments and trade fairs – it’s even participated in the Grand Départ of the Tour de France in 2010.
Besides facilitating, Rotterdam Ahoy also organises events and trade fairs as well as offering a total concept experience. The Rotterdam staple has welcomed many international artists, top sports professionals, politicians and celebrities but its’ team are “also the people of Rotterdam. Proud residents of a global city that is constantly being rediscovered by visitors from all over the world.”