Bruges seems to be doing well in post-COVID times. Not only did the new Bruges Meeting & Convention Centre open its doors at the beginning of May, where you can organise a board meeting for 10 colleagues, a conference for 500 participants or an event for 2,500 visitors, but other venues also hosted some great events.
At the end of May, the Orthopaedica Belgica 2022 congress on the theme of 'The Value of Technology in Orthopaedics' attracted some 450 Belgian orthopaedic surgeons to the BMCC.
Also in May, Bruges was the host city of the North Sea Conference 2022, which put green and digital transitions in the spotlight. A joint initiative of the North Sea Commission, the Province of West Flanders and the Innovation and Enterprise Agency with the support of Interreg North Sea Region. The conference took place at various sites in the beautiful city of Bruges and gathered over 300 participants from all over Europe. The Concertgebouw Brugge, the Kapucijnenkerk and Sint-Donaas Cathedral for dinners as well as the Crowne Plaza Brugge were all used.
In June, two Flemish Junior Chamber International (JCI) branches - Bruges and Houtland - organised the European JCI Conference in Bruges with 1400 participants. JCI joined forces with the City of Bruges, Concertgebouw Bruges and the brand new Beurs-, Meeting-, en Congrescentrum (BMCC).
At the end of June, beginning of July, Bruges will host the 37th IELA congress, a worldwide professional network of logistics service providers for the exhibition and event industry. CO2 neutrality is the main theme of the IELA congress. In view of the theme, the Crowne Plaza Brugge hotel was chosen as the conference location. Crowne Plaza has had the 'Green Key' label for years, an international quality mark that is appreciated by more and more congress and event organisers. The IELA conference brought 210 participants from 47 countries to Bruges.