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The second edition of the Global Shrimp Forum will be held at the Van der Valk Hotel Utrecht, the Netherlands. Traveling from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport or Amsterdam Central Station to the Van der Valk hotel is only a short journey. Plan your stay in Utrecht, close to the venue, or in Amsterdam. By train or car, it takes about 30 minutes to get to Utrecht from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport or Amsterdam city centre. Whist you are there, consider a visit to the beautiful historical city centre of Utrecht too!


Utrecht is the lively, beating heart of the Netherlands. It was built around the Dom tower, which you can see from any point in the city, so there is no way you can get lost in the beautiful, car-free city centre. Utrecht boasts beautiful canals with extraordinary wharf cellars, housing cafés and terraces by the water. As well as the Dom tower, there are hundreds of other monuments which contribute to the special atmosphere in this centuries-old university town. 

The Van der Valk Hotel

The forum will take place at the Van der Valk hotel. This venue offers 185 luxury hotel rooms and 23 modern conference rooms. The hotel offers a bar, a restaurant, a sky lounge and several wellness facilities. It's conveniently located right next to the highway (A12) and has plenty of parking space. The hotel is easy to reach by public transport. Travel to Utrecht city centre takes only 10 minutes and Schiphol International Airport can be reached within 45 minutes by car or public transport. Amsterdam city centre can also be reached within 45 minutes.


You may require a visa when visiting the Netherlands for business and/or leisure. Whether you need a visa, and which visa, depends on your nationality and whether you want to stay in the Netherlands for shorter or longer than 90 days. Please confirm with the Dutch Embassy or Consulate in your country of origin if you require a visa for the Netherlands. Click here for more information. If you need a visa to travel to the Global Shrimp Forum, and you have paid your entrance ticket or have been invited to speak, you can click on this link. Please fill out the visa registration form, and we will send you the letter that you can use to send to the Embassy of the Netherlands in your country of origin.

Book your hotel room

We have negotiated special rates at Van der Valk Utrecht. Unfortunately, the hotel is completely sold out already (June 2023).

But don't worry, there is a range of options available, depending on your budget and wishes. We can help you find the most appropriate hotel. Click here to see a list of selected downtown hotels. 

There is also a Bastion Hotel in walking distance of the Van der Valk. This hotel is a 3-star hotel, has comfortable rooms and is only 5 to 7 minutes walking away from the Van der Valk, depending on how fast you walk. You need a credit card to book this hotel, please find the according link here. 


If you need our assistance, feel free to contact our Global Shrimp Forum Team, at