Practical Information - European Conference

How to reach the venue MECC Maastricht

Bus Shuttles will be provided in the morning and afternoon to reach MECC Maastricht from the Van der Valk hotel. 

The second official hotel, the NH Hotel, is next to the venue within 2 minutes' walking distance.

Registration area and opening times

The UFI Registration Desk will be located at MECC Maastricht Forum entrance level 1 (ground floor) and will be open at the following times:
Tuesday 13 June 12:00 - 17:30 
Wednesday 14 June - 08:00-18:00
Thursday 15 June - 08:00-18:00
Friday 16 June - 08:30-13:00 

Social activities, dress code and meeting points

Welcome Reception at Provincie Limburg

From 19:30 to 22:00 on Wednesday 14 June
Dress Code: Business Casual

Meeting point: at 18:50 in front of the hotels NH Hotel and Van der Valk Hotel 
Departure: 19:00
Return: 22:00 from Provincie Limburg

Venue: Provincie Limburg (Government House)
Address: Gouvernement aan de Maas - Limburglaan 10 - 6229 GA Randwyck-Maastricht

You can also walk to Provincie Limburg from the NH Hotel or rent a bike from your hotel.

UFI Running Club & Cycling Club

From 07:00 to 07:45 on Thursday 15 June

Running Club and Cycling Club 
Attention – only 20 bikes available in each hotel!
Meeting point: at 6:45, NH Hotel Lobby and Van der Valk hotel Lobby

Take your sports gear and join us for the UFI SPORTS CLUB in Maastricht!

UFI T-shirts will be provided!

Networking Dinner at Rebelle

From 19:30 to 22:30 on Thursday 15 June

Dress Code: Business Casual – No high heels – 2 minutes walk to reach the venue (cobble stones street)

Meeting point: at 18:50 in front of the hotels NH Hotel and Van der Valk
Departure: 19:00
Return: 21:30 and 22:30 from Rebelle

Venue: Rebelle
Address: Kesselskade 43 - 6211 EN, Maastricht

Post Conference Tours

Friday 16 June
Dress Code: Casual – comfortable shoes

Tour 1 - Highlights Tour Maastricht
Time: 14:00 – 17:00 
Departure: by bus at 14:10 from MECC
Back at both hotels and MECC at 17:00

Tour 2 - Step Tour Through The Zonneberg Caves Maastricht
Time: 14:45 – 17:00 
Departure: by bus at 14:55 from MECC
Back at both hotels and MECC at 17:00

Weather Forecast

During the UFI conference week, the weather in Maastricht will be partly rainy partly sunny. Temperatures will range from 20°C to 28°C. 

Nevertheless – it is spring time in Maastricht!

Social Media

Twitter: @UFIlive 
Europe Conference Hashtag:  #ufieurope

Let’s have some fun!

Back again for the 2nd year is the Swapcard Table Tennis Tournament, this year including a doubles format.
Find a partner and sign up with a Swapcard team member - registrations will take place on Thursday 15 June! 

Swapcard Table Tennis Schedule


UFI Events Mobile App

When you download the event app, follow these steps: 

1. Enter your email address, the one you used to register for the event
2. You will then receive a code by email
3. Submit it in the dedicated box
4. Select the 89th UFI Global Congress event

Download the UFI European Conference mobile app user guide


The best way to get to Maastricht

Located in the south of the Netherlands, the city of Maastricht is at the Heart of Europe. Because of its central location, Maastricht is easily accessible by plane, car or train.

Maastricht-Aachen Airport is located 10 kilometers from MECC Maastricht and only 15 minutes away by car, taxi or bus.
MECC Maastricht is accessible from a large number of airports that are no more than one hour away from Maastricht.

– Brussels Airport (Zaventem)
– Düsseldorf Airport
– Eindhoven Airport
– Brussels South Charleroi Airport
– Köln-Bonn Airport
We recommend to visit, the official transportation partner of the Maastricht Convention Bureau and MECC Maastricht.

This booking tool guarantees a direct connection between all international airports or train stations and the city of Maastricht.


Thanks to our host, we have secured two official hotels offering preferred rates for UFI delegates.
Make sure to secure your hotel room now!
If you have any questions on your hotel booking, please email the MECC Hotel services team at

Hotel Van der Valk Maastricht

Nijverheidsweg 35, 6227 AL Maastricht, The Netherlands

Hotel Van der Walk Maastricht is a spacious of 189 luxurious hotel rooms
Distance from venue: 1.5 km
Facilities in the hotel: free WIFI, restaurant, bar, swimming pool (indoor), wellness, treatments (at a fee), fitness.
Parking, available and free of charge.

If you have any questions on your hotel booking, please email the MECC Hotel services team at