Amsterdam RAI is to get a much-heralded hotel on site and hopes it will lead to expansion.
Municipal Zuidas Development Office Director Klaas de Boer and Amsterdam RAI’s General Director Hans Bakker (pictured) officially launched the tender for the construction of a new four-star RAI hotel recently. It will offer at least 650 rooms and construction is slated to begin in mid-2016.
The Municipality of Amsterdam (which will lease the land), the Zuidas Development Office and Amsterdam RAI are looking for a party – or consortium of parties – to develop a plan for the hotel’s development and construction, as well as for its financing and operation.
The addition of a hotel should increase Amsterdam RAI’s competitive position on the international conference market. The plans also feed into market demand for a ’headquarter hotel’ where both event operators and the most important exhibitors, speakers and visitors can stay.
The new hotel will be built in the triangle formed by Europaboulevard, the A10 Ring Road and the Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre.
The tender procedure will comprise a public pre-selection followed by a closed final selection. The pre-selection is intended to result in a shortlist of a maximum of four tenderers. These parties will then be invited to flesh out their proposals for the final selection.
The Municipality of Amsterdam and Amsterdam RAI hope to finalise the tender and begin drawing up the plans in early 2015, with construction of the RAI Hotel to begin in mid-2016.
As well as the new RAI hotel, near-term plans also include expansion of the Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre with the new Amtrium building and the addition of a 1,000-car multi-storey car park.
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