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Mr. Eric Bakermans

  • Mr. Eric Bakermans
  • Member
  • Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions
  • P.O. Box 63470
  • NL-2502 JL The Hague
  • +31-70-3705340
  • +31-70-3705368
  • Email me

Eric has almost 30 years of experience in the realm of meetings, congresses and other business events. After the completion of his hotel management education, he started off at the Hotel Okura Amsterdam, where he became acquainted with the world of business events. He continued his career at RAI Amsterdam Exhibition & Congress Centre, where he was responsible for project and account management of large association congresses, events and tradeshows.  Destination Marketing came into the picture when Eric started at the Netherlands Convention Bureau in 1999, which soon after, merged with the national tourism board. At first, Eric solely focused on Dutch associations, but he increasingly expanded his field of expertise in the world of business events, in combination with destination marketing and of course working with ICCA and other related organizations in the industry.  Eric contributed to a number of publications (both nationally and internationally) and has been an invited speaker on several occasions with respect to destination marketing campaigns and events.

Eric is married and is the father of three children. He lives with his family in a small village near Amsterdam. In his free time, Eric is an avid sailor and has a great interest in motion pictures.

Overview of past & present positions with the business events industry:

International Congress & Convention Association ICCA
Oct 2014 – Present  
Member of the Board of Directors 

Strategic Alliance of the National Convention Bureaux of Europe
Nov 2013 – Present  
Co-Founder and Co-Chair 

Green Meetings Industry Council Netherlands Chapter
Vice President 2010-2013 

HSMAI the Netherlands
Board Member 2007-2010 

International Congress & Convention Association ICCA
Chair Person ICCA France Benelux Chapter 2008-2011 

Pre-Finance & Guarantee Fund Foundation
Board Member 2013 - present

Stenden Hotelmanagement School Leeuwarden
Advisory Board Member 2014-present