The Netherlands: Digital Gateway to Europe

Considered one of the most wired countries in the world, the Netherlands is Europe’s hotspot for leading information and communications technology companies. In fact, 60% of all Forbes 2000 companies active in the IT industry have already established operations in Holland.

Ranked No. 2 on the Global Innovation Index, the Netherlands has a rich history of innovation. In fact, the Dutch invented Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, the CD and the DVD. Today, Holland’s robust network of public-private partnerships, R&D ecosystems and education institutes ensure businesses have the resources they need to stay on the cutting edge of discovery.

The Netherlands has an ambitious cybersecurity agenda and invests in national capabilities and international collaboration. A clear example is the co-founding of the The Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE), a global platform for countries, international organizations and private companies to exchange best practices and expertise on cyber capacity building.

City of The Hague

The Hague, the 2nd largest city in the Netherlands, is considered the International City of Peace & Justice and attracts international organizations, talent and innovators that want to make a difference.

This has led to the development of a flourishing cluster around security & new technology called The Hague Security Delta (HSD). HSD has more than 250 public and private partners. From promising innovative scaleups and corporates engaged in cybersecurity, to (international) government agencies, universities, energy companies and banks.

The cluster has a strong foundation in The Hague region, due to the presence of Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre, NATO Communications and Information Agency and the Dutch cybersecurity, intelligence and security agencies. Amongst others the cluster facilitates the soft-landing of international organizations, talent and innovators in the Dutch security ecosystem.

Are you an international delegate to the One Conference 2019 and interested to learn more about the cluster, the IT & Security Campus and the activities taking place in The Hague during the EU Cyber Security Month? Please do not hesitate to contact cybersecurity{@}thehague.com

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World Forum

World Forum is a full service international convention centre located in The Hague between the beach and city centre and is only a 30 minutes’ drive from two international airports. It offers the largest auditorium, the King Willem Alexander, in The Netherlands (different capacities possible), 35 breakout rooms and exclusive use is possible. It's a compact venue, but still offers 12.000 sqm exhibition space.


Accessibility

The Hague is easy to reach from anywhere in the world. It is located in one of the best regions in Europe with easy access to two international airports and train stations. The system of public transport makes it easy to find your way around the city. However, during our conference you might encounter some traveling delay because of traffic diversions.

From The Hague Central Station you can reach the World Forum with tram line 16 (get off at stop Statenplein, about 5 minutes walk). Or with bus 24 to the Gemeentemuseum, about 10 minutes walk.  From The Hague Holland Spoor take tram line 1 direction Scheveningen Noorderstrand. You get off at the World Forum (Noord) stop. 

While the entire public transport network functions remarkably well, an alternative worth considering is walking to your destination within the town. A stroll through one of the sunniest Dutch cities, whether it is alongside the coast or next to the beautiful historic buildings in the centre of The Hague, should definitely be taken into consideration.

Please check the website of the Municipality of The Hague for current updates regarding roadworks if you have decided to take the car.

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Transport within the city

The city of The Hague has a longstanding policy in place aligned with its ambition to convert the city into a low-traffic, green and liveable city.The main means of transportation for the Dutch are by public transport or by bicycle. Traffic congestion is relatively low and if it occurs, this may happen before towards the end of business hours of working days.

Walking

Getting about by foot is easy. The Hague, from the very centre all the way to the beach, can be traversed in under an hour, while over one third of the city is covered with greenery. The presence of all these factors ensures that a stroll in the fresh air is always an option.

Public Transport

The Hague boasts an excellent public transport system. Over 30 bus and tram lines will quickly and safely take you and your delegates to your destinations in and around The Hague. For instance, it takes you 10-15 minutes to get from The Hague Central Station to World Forum. World Forum is accessible by public transport from all hotels in The Hague. Most of the hotels are on walking distance of World Forum. The public transportation company HTM avails of a specialised Congress Card. With this card, delegates are able to ride on all trams and busses in The Hague area during the conference period. This card will be printed with the name of the congress and the date it holds valid. Furthermore, a city plan detailing the various travel networks will be provided alongside the card. A true advantage for the foreign visitor is the fact that there is no need to check in and out every time he or she enters the public transport system, thus facilitating a quicker, more efficient process, which proves valuable especially if delegates are in a rush.

Parking

You can park your car at the World Forum, parking A or parking B. Please validate your ticket upon exit.

Accommodation

There are a number of hotels close to the World Forum congress center. Below you can find some hotels that are within walking distance of the location: