Large turnout expected at expat welcome fair

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21 October 2004, AMSTERDAM — Up to 5,000 people are expected to attend the largest expat fair in the Netherlands on Sunday.

21 October 2004

AMSTERDAM — Up to 5,000 people are expected to attend the largest expat fair in the Netherlands on Sunday.

The Welcome to the Netherlands fair is the only event designed to "tell you everything you need to know about Dutch life in one day", according to Expatica's Marketing and Events Manager, Mark Batty.

Batty said other "expat" events in the Netherlands focus on Dutch people who want to move to another country.

Expatica's Welcome Fair runs from 11am to 5pm on Sunday in the world famous Beurs van Berlage stock exchange building in central Amsterdam.

"No matter how long you have lived here as an expat, the fair is a unique opportunity to get all the information and contacts you need in one place," he said.

"Whether you want to buy a house, find a job, start a business or arrange a pension — all the answers are there, in English."

There will be a total of 85 stands. The exhibitors include financial firms, estate and relocation agencies, recruitment agencies, schools and universities and social and sports clubs and book stores.

Dutch bank ABN Amro and carmaker Saab are the event's Gold sponsors.

Batty is expecting up to 5,000 people — ranging from new arrivals to people who have been in the Netherlands for several years. There are still tickets available at the door, but Batty advised people to come early as a big turnout is expected.

The event will also feature "fun and informal" presentations on the local culture and how to integrate children into life in the Netherlands. There will also be a clog maker on hand to show visitors how the traditional Dutch footwear is made.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

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