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Maastricht will be home of psychiatry for next five years

Maastricht has sealed it position as the home of psychiatry in the Netherlands.

A new five-year-contract has been signed between the Netherlands Psychiatric Association (NVvP) and MECC Maastricht in the presence of Mayor of Maastricht Annemarie Penn-te Strake.

The Netherlands’ largest national medical association, the NVvP organises its three-day spring conference each year which is attended by over 2,700 psychiatrists and psychiatrists in training.

It means MECC will be the association’s permanent conference location until 2026.

Annemarie Penn-te Strake, Mayor of Maastricht, said: “The conferences at MECC Maastricht are an important building block supporting the economy of our city. It’s fantastic that in these particularly difficult times for the tourism sector an important player like the NVvP is willing to commit to MECC and Maastricht. We’re really pleased about this as the city government. I would like to thank MECC Maastricht for its efforts and the NVvP for its trust in MECC Maastricht and our city.”

Noortje Sax, NVvP Director, added: “We’re delighted to be holding our conference in Maastricht once again. The new conference centre at MECC Maastricht is a perfect match for our objectives to further professionalise our congress. We have full confidence in our partnership.”

Frank Mimpen, MECC Maastricht Commercial Director, concluded: “MECC Maastricht hopes that the upgrade and expansion of the venue which is scheduled to be completed next month will attract more national and international conferences and events to MECC Maastricht and the city. MaThe continuation of the cooperation between the NVvP and MECC Maastricht is a perfect fit for our strategy. The annual conference generates a huge spin-off for the city; just think of the number of overnight stays and spending that this event generates.”

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