PROVADA 2008 attracts record number of visitors

PROVADA 2008, which took place on 10-12 June in the Amsterdam RAI, has attracted a record number of visitors. The number of participants at this year's PROVADA surpassed 20,000, which represents a 30% growth compared to last year's event.

PROVADA 2008 attracted a record number of visitors.

PROVADA is the meeting point for representatives from national and international institutional investment funds, banks, building contractors, housing corporations, municipalities, property developers, architects, real estate agents, government organizations and tenants/end users. The 20,000 m2 of exhibitor space was fully occupied by exhibitors, including many new participants such as OVG, Blauwhoed, NS Poort, Syntrus Achmea Vastgoed, ABN Amro and the municipalities of Emmen, Enschede, Hengelo and Kampen.

For three days PROVADA was a platform for the exchange of knowledge and skills. The fair offered a full program of conferences about different real estate topics and related subjects.

One of the highlights is the Real Estate Investors' Debate on 10 June, organized by Real Estate Publishers (REP) and moderated by Prof.dr. Piet Eichholtz, Chair of the Real Estate and Finance department at Maastricht University. In the first session professor Eichholtz questioned the panelists whether international investment could be a crisis-proof strategy for the future. The second panel compared the traditional institutional real estate investments with alternatives and what these alternatives offer.

Other highlights include the Senior Housing Debate, which focused on the question if the Dutch real estate sector is ready to meet the needs of the aging population; the Quality of Sustainability congress, during which experts presented their vieuws on sustainable development; and the Social Housing Corporations' Debate, focusing on the role of social housing corporations in urban development.

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