The Rotterdam Experience
A new tour on 11 April, 2013 organised by the American School of Rotterdam, Kolpa Rental Services and our Expatdesk will showcase the best the city has to offer.
Read more in The Holland Times
More international companies to set up business in Rotterdam!
Rotterdam continues to be popular with international companies.
Tony Tomasouw (ZPMC): "Of course it is the institutions, the industry, the remarkable architecture that give character to the city, but ultimately it is the people that make Rotterdam such a unique place to work in."
Read more: press release
Read more: persbericht Nederlands
Successful IFFR Business Event
More than 180 companies were present at our annual networking event last Thursday 31 January during the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Our next event will take place in May. We will keep you posted.
Rotterdam means business!
Rotterdam is a young, international port city, known for its dynamism and ‘can-do’ mentality. As Europe’s biggest port and logistics hub, it is an ideally located base for companies or organizations wishing to serve the whole of the European market. Click here to read the full article.
British Airways will commence flights to Rotterdam from December 9, 2012,
Operating from Heathrow British Airways is offering three rotations per day enabling business customers the opportunity to travel out and return in the same day. The schedule also gives business and leisure travellers access to connections to international destinations throughout the day.
Opening Netherlands-Russia year in Rotterdam
2013 is the Netherlands-Russia year, a year in which the Netherlands and Russia emphasize their long bilateral relations. The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra (RPhO; Dutch: Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest), a Dutch symphony orchestra based in Rotterdam, has opened the prelude yesterday in Rotterdam. Click here press release in Dutch.
Istoé Brazil 7NOV/2012
Rotterdam a city ready to do business! Read more article in Portuguese and English.
Rotterdam Red Carpet Dinner 2012 very successfull
On the first of October Rotterdam Investment Agency rolled out the Red Carpet on the occasion of its annual dinner. About 250 top level entrepreneurs of the Greater Rotterdam Area were present in restaurant Las Palmas. They were very enthusiastic about this great opportunity to meet other companies and thus to strengthen their business network. Click here to see photos and video.
Chantal Roest, deputy managing director in RTM magazine
"International companies: Rotterdam is the place to be!" Click here to read the article in Dutch page 41
Commercial estate lease increase
AMSTERDAM - The commercial estate market has remained stable for the past year. By the end of June 2012, the total commercial estate area on offer within the Dynamis regions is close to 4.9 mln m2. The supply rate saw a less marked increase and went up by 5% in comparison with last year. The four regions with the highest supply rate are Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Utrecht and Rotterdam.
Thus the 'Sprekende Cijfers': Bedrijfsruimtemarkten report on the commercial estate market.
The transaction volume increased to 1.6 mln m2 between 1 July 2011 and 1 July 2012, amounting to a 23% increase from the previous year. The Rotterdam region witnessed the highest transaction volume, followed by Amsterdam, Tilburg and Utrecht. Noticeably, total estate leased in the Utrecht region is less than in the previous year (-2%).
The total logistics real estate area on offer on 1 July 2012 comes to well over 1.2 mln m2. 291,800 m2 of commercial estate was leased in the first six months of 2012, amounting to a 33% increase from the second half of 2011. The total logistics real estate transaction volume is to a considerable extent made up of a few large-scale transactions.
Compared to the real estate market as a whole, the commercial estate market has been performing relatively well. It remains to be seen whether this unique situation will last into the next year. Dynamis expects the real commercial estate market, too, to be affected by the changing market.
Wanted: Name giving Partner Topsportcentrum Rotterdam
In September 2010, the sports centre ‘Topsportcentrum Rotterdam’ opened its doors. The centre offers a unique combination of facilities for sports, education and businesses. The landmark building is an icon at the entrance of the Stadium Park. As such the centre is considered to be of great importance to the city of Rotterdam.
Topsportcentrum Rotterdam also contributes to professional-, amateur- and leisure sports and social activities that are important to the city’s social structure. Furthermore it facilitates traineeships and other learning opportunities for young people, thus enhancing their opportunities.
Topsportcentrum Rotterdam has an excellent relationship with the city of Rotterdam, its residents and companies, in addition to having an international appeal. The RIA informs you about a partnership opportunity with Topsportcentrum Rotterdam, which includes the naming rights for the buidling.
Situated at a prime location on the main motorway into Rotterdam (A16), right next to soccer stadium ‘De Kuip’ (home to soccer club ´Feyenoord’) the building’s unique location is a great eye-catcher that attracts a lot of attention. The centre is regularly seen on television during major events that take place in Rotterdam, like the marathon, the Harbor Days and international soccer games.
The centre is also the perfect venue for relationship management, the use of the building and parking lot, corporate memberships, creative team building, attending or organizing events within the centre, whether or not linked to activities in the adjacent stadium ‘De Kuip’.
You can now take advantage of a great partnership that offers you exposure in a world famous city, at a unique location, on a landmark building: the Topsportcentrum Rotterdam. Would you like to know more about the partnership opportunities, please contact Lot Jens via:
BYD AUTO, one of the latest international investments in Rotterdam, will help the island Schiermonnikoog, to launch Europe’s cleanest city bus fleet. In the official announcement BYD came out on top in their electric bus tender, the very first open electric city bus tender in Europe. BYD scored the highest in meeting program goals and won not only an order for the six electric buses, but also a 15-year maintenance contract.
Yongping Chen, Business Director of BYD AUTO Netherlands added, “We are honoured to win the first European electric bus tender beating all other bus companies. The Friesland Province really has an understanding in preserving the environment and developing sustainable economy.”
The province has identified that over a third of their CO2 emissions are the result of traffic and transportation pollution, therefore, they have chosen to electrify public transportation. As the province adopts more and more renewable sources of energy, the benefits are immediately realized in reduced public transportation emissions with electric buses.
With this first step in Europe BYD is trying to bring their “Green City Solution” not only to the Netherlands but to the whole of Europe. With the help of the Rotterdam Investment Agency and the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency BYD chose for the expansion of their existing BYD establishment in Rotterdam to their European Headquarter with the main focus on their e-bus and e-taxi business.
Henry Li, Senior Director of BYD Group and General Manager of BYD Europe BV: “We think that Rotterdam with its Green ambition is the right place for us to establish our headquarter in Europe. We would like to work with the city of Rotterdam to make it as the first green city in the Netherlands and a pioneer in Europe!”
By the year 2025, the city of Rotterdam aims to be 100% climate proof and leading in energy transition. Rotterdam is a ‘living lab’ for the utilization and execution of sustainable technologies and developments.
Powering Progress Together Business Forum Shell Eco-Marathon On May 16, 2012, Shell and the Rotterdam Investment Agency co-hosted the Powering Progress Together forum which gathered more than 500 leaders, experts and talents from business, government and civil society in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. During the day-long event, dynamic speakers explored the inter-relationship between energy, water and food through presentations and panel discussions.
Mayor Aboutaleb: “Water is the lifeblood of our city and port. Water is both a challenge and essential material for our future development.”
Rotterdam is a fitting place to bring people together to explore the complex relationship between energy, water and food. Almost entirely destroyed during World War II and one of the most flood-exposed cities in Europe, the city has overcome adversity to become the world’s second busiest port, a main trading and distribution centre for food and agricultural products in Europe, and a world leader in water management – it aims to be the most sustainable world port city.
Rotterdam popular with foreign companies The Rotterdam Investment Agency helped 24 foreign companies to set up shop in Rotterdam in 2011. Read more press release in Dutch
Lufthansa is launching a new route to Rotterdam. From 1 October 2012, the twice-daily service will be operated from Munich with a Lufthansa CityLine CRJ-900. “With this new service we will offer our customers convenient connections to the economic region centred around Rotterdam and The Hague. These cities will also have direct links to other destinations in Europe and worldwide via our Munich hub,” says Thomas Klühr, Member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board, Munich & Direct Services.
Rotterdam, which has a population of 600,000, is the second-largest city in the Netherlands and is the world's third-largest port. The airport is also the gateway to The Hague, the country's third-largest city. Lufthansa's new service will connect this strong economic region via Munich to 70 further destinations in Europe and worldwide.
Round-trip flights from Munich to Rotterdam can be booked now for as little as 99 euros. This fare applies in Economy Class and is inclusive of all taxes, fees and the Lufthansa Ticket Service Charge for online bookings made through www.lufthansa.com. Miles & More members can earn miles on these flights. More information about the new direct connection is available on the Lufthansa website. Reservations can be made online or via the Lufthansa Call Center on 01805 805 805 (€0.14/min). Customers can also book their flights through Lufthansa travel agency partners or at Lufthansa sales counters at airports.