This year, Maastricht and also the multi country region around it will be a very interesting and rewarding backdrop for a memorable study tour. Maastricht is a model city for retail development drawing in shoppers from the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. It has a thriving art and design scene.
The Study Tour will run from Thursday, October 11th until Saturday October 13th lunch time. It traditionally is a combination of business visits and social and cultural activities. The objective of the Study Tour is twofold:
- To offer participants a quick but valuable insight into the apparel ecosystem of the host country.
- To offer a unique and memorable experience as a great backdrop for creating lasting business and global relations in the apparel industry.
Maastricht is the oldest city in the Netherlands, with numerous Roman age remains. The city lends itself perfectly to a combination of industry insights and interesting cultural sights. Within half an hour drive from Maastricht we can find both an impressive chemical industry complex containing also facilities for innovative start-ups in new materials, the city of Aachen in Germany, containing the old throne of Charlemagne, in the Unesco World Heritage Aachen Cathedral and some of Europe’s largest fashion e-commerce distribution centres.
Day 1 – Thursday October 11th
09:30 Leave for Brightlands
10:00 At Brightlands visit Dyneema production plant, visit Biotech Field Lab, visit DenimX
13:00 Lunch at restaurant in Roermond.
15:00 Distribution centre in Mönchengladbach
16:30 Guided Charlemagne’s famous Dom
17:30 Arrival back in the hotel in Maastricht
19:00 Dinner in Maastricht
Day 2 – Friday October 12th
10:30: Start of whole day combination of City Tour and Retail Tour, including visit to several distinctive Maastricht fashion retailers, design oriented companies and to local desigh hub FashionClash
11:00: Coffee in Maastricht
12:30: Lunch in Maastricht
16:30: Drinks in typical Maastricht café
19:00: Dinner at Château Neercanne and visit to ‘Mergelgrotten’ (marl caves) to view the signatures of the EU leaders for the Maastricht Treaty and the IAF members.
Saturday October 13th
10:00: Vineyard visit (the Apostelhoeve or other)
12:30: End of program
(12:30: Optional lunch at or close to Vineyard (the Apostelhoeve or other))
The Study Tour’s price (€ 695.-) will cover all costs, including food, drinks, transportation and tickets but excludes accomodation. Because delegates are most likely already staying in the Convention hotel, the Maastricht Crown Plaza in the town’s centre, this hotel will be the hotel for the Study Tour as well.