For its 2018 Annual Conference, ESPO is taking you to Rotterdam. You will find below some practical information that might be useful to organise your stay in Rotterdam. The conference fee is 520€ (VAT excluded).
ABOUT THE VENUE
The 2018 Annual ESPO Conference will take place in the Onderzeebootloods. The hall where submarines slipped off the ramp in earlier days, is now an event space for up to 5,000 visitors. The Onderzeebootloods, having recently been renovated, has retained its raw and industrial character. The entire surface area is approx. 4,400 m2. The hall's layout is flexible, offering modern facilities. In terms of access, there are parking spaces behing the hall and watertaxi's link the hall with the centre of Rotterdam. More information here. The Maas river splits Rotterdam in two parts. The conference venue ‘de Onderzeebootloods’ is on one side of the river, while the recommended hotels are on the other side of the river (see map below). Tender boats will bring you to the conference venue – and back. Don't forget to book your free seat on the boat when registrating.
ABOUT THE PORT OF ROTTERDAM
The objective of the Port of Rotterdam Authority is to enhance the port’s competitive position as a logistics hub and world-class industrial complex. Not only in terms of size, but also with regard to quality. The Port Authority is therefore leading the transition to sustainable energy and it is committed to digitalisation in order to make the port and the supply chain more efficient. The core tasks of the Port Authority are to develop, manage and exploit the port in a sustainable way and to deliver speedy and safe services for shipping. More information on the official website.
ABOUT THE HOTELS
Rooms have been pre-booked at three centrally-located hotels. The hotels are located on 2/3 minutes’ walking distance from the tender boat pier and 8 minutes’ walk from the dinner location.
Special prices have been negotiated with the hotels MainPort/Inntel and Thon for the nights of 30-31 May and 1 June. Should you need hotel accommodation, please book your room directly with the hotel:
- MainPort/Inntel: online through this link (price range 120€ - 200€) - deadline for booking: 7 May
- Thon Hotel: send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (with code: ESPO Event) (price range 125€ - 150€) - deadline for booking: 13 April
The deadline for booking is 13 April (Thon hotel) and 7 May (MainPort/Inntel). After this date, the hotels will charge current counting prices. Bear in mind that these hotels are very popular by tourists and may run out of rooms quickly.
More information about the hotels can be found on the hotels' website: MainPort/Intell and Thon.
TRANSPORT - BOAT TRANSFERS
If you are staying in one of the hotels in the city-centre
The Maas river splits Rotterdam in two parts. The conference venue ‘de Onderzeebootloods’ is on one side of the river, while the recommended hotels are on the other side of the river (see map below). Tender boats will bring you to the conference venue – and back. The boat transfers are included in the conference fee. On the hotels' side, the boats stop close to Erasmusbridge.
Please state in your registration if you will make use of the transfer service by tender boat to and from the conference location.
If you are coming by car
- Option 1: there are plenty of free parking spaces available near the conference venue (see map below). If you come by car to the conference venue, there is no need to register for the transfer service by tender boat.
- Option 2: there is a paid parking garage at the foot of the Erasmusbridge, a few steps from the three hotels. Please state in your registration if you will make use of the transfer service by the tender boat.
Turbo Tour: The big 4 in 1 tour
Rotterdam is the city of architecture! Visit the most famous icons of Rotterdam in one neat and compact tour. A guide will take you to see and go into the city’s top architecture on a two-and-a-half-hour tour. You will be allowed onto floors of buildings otherwise off limits, visit Rotterdam Zuid and Noord, and you will hear the building history of the city from the year 1300 untilnow. This tour includes a coffee break on a roof terrace in the Markt hall. This multifaceted Turbo Tour is spectacular!
Practical details: Friday 1 June, from 09:00 – 12:00