World Forum is an international conference venue located in The Hague between the city centre and the beach.
Mission: "We exceed expectations by connecting, enriching and caring"
Our core values are:
- Personal attention
Vision: 'World Forum The Hague aims to be the number one venue in The Netherlands in the area of Safety & Security, Service and Education.'
Alongside the mission, vision and core values, World Forum has defined a number of key focus areas:
- Safety & Security: ‘We are an expert in the area of safety and security’
- Service: ‘We are distinguished in service
- Education: ‘We are an educational institute’
World Forum celebrates 50
World Forum was officially opened in 1969 and was originally known as het Nederlands Congresgebouw. The opening was attended by dignitaries including His Royal Highness Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. The building was designed by architect Jacobus Johannes Pieter Oud in the style of Dutch functionalism, which was ultramodern in the 1960s.
Het Nederlandse Congresgebouw became extremely well known internationally as the venue for the North Sea Jazz Festival from 1976 through 2005. Artists such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton and Candy Dulfer performed at the venue. Other leading world figures including Neil Armstrong, Kofi Annan, Bill Gates, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama also spoke at large top-level international conferences held at World Forum.
Since 2009 World Forum is managed by GL events, a French company. The company was founded more than 30 years ago and has built up a formidable reputation on the international conference circuit in both organising large-scale events and managing exhibition and conference venues. GL events manages some 40 convention centres worldwide, for example in Barcelona, Nice, Brussels, Paris, Rio de Janeiro and Shanghai.
GL events in figure:
* active on 5 continents in more than 20 countries
* 3.934 employees
* Listed in Segment B of NYSE-Euronext Paris
* 953 M€ revenue in 2016 (49% from international markets)
* 90 offices worldwide
* 300 proprietary trade shows
* more than 4.000 events staged
* more than 11 millions of visitors and exhibitors
For more information visit the website www.gl-events.com.
The City of The Hague
The City of The Hague once again became owner of the World Forum building in July 2013. Major investments have since then been made since in a number of areas including technical systems and a new exhibition space. World Forum is consequently ready for the future and, together with the City of The Hague, is focusing on attracting large international conferences. www.denhaag.nl