Collaboration between TEFAF, MECC Maastricht, City of Maastricht and the Province of Limburg provides continuity and certainty

The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF), The Limburg provincial government, The City of Maastricht and MECC Maastricht announce a ten-year partnership. The main points of the agreement are a major renovation and extension of the congress centre MECC Maastricht, creating possibilities for investments in hotel rooms, infrastructure and improving links with a major international hub/airport to aid overseas travel by 2019 and a permanent location for TEFAF within the City.

The province of Limburg and the City of Maastricht approached TEFAF in order to cement the relationship between the city and the Fair that it has hosted for more than 30 years. In recognition of the benefits that the TEFAF Maastricht brings, the partners are committed to improving infrastructure and providing more four and five-star hotel rooms. The Province of Limburg will improve the connectivity of the Maastricht Aachen airport by investing in a direct connection to a major international hub. Together, these improvements will make Maastricht an even more accessible and attractive destination for international art lovers that the fair attracts.

“Our conversations with the city and province have underlined the extraordinary level of support for TEFAF and a shared desire to build an environment in which TEFAF can continue to grow and thrive. As a solid majority of dealers want to stay in Maastricht, the Board of Trustees is delighted by the commitment that the City and province has shown TEFAF, ‘says Patrick van Maris. “Our relationship with Maastricht is very strong, I am delighted that, with this new partnership, it will now be even stronger”.

The relationship is underlined with the appointment of Guido Derks, managing director of the Province of Limburg, to the TEFAF Board.

“This is not just good news for art dealers and connoisseurs. It's also a red-letter day for the city of Maastricht and the regional economy. The large numbers of international visitors coming to Maastricht generate a great deal of economic spin-off. Given its importance to the regional economy, the Province of Limburg will support to the required quality boost”, comments Twan Beurskens, Provincial Executive Member for Economics and Knowledge Infrastructure.

John Aarts Maastricht City Executive Member: “These plans mean that Maastricht will be able to develop into an even more attractive art hotspot. Every year the fair generates significant extra revenues, for example for hotels, restaurants, museums, theatres, shops and taxis - the annual figure of twenty million euros, and on top of that there's the impact on employment.”

MECC Maastricht is about to undergo a major refurbishment and expansion, which is scheduled to be completed in 2020 at a cost of EUR 30 million. MECC Maastricht Managing Director Rob van de Wiel: “The partnership with TEFAF extends beyond the annual fair. We share a common objective with the organisation to make the TEFAF Maastricht brand as strong as possible and our new state-of-the art building will ensure that TEFAF can continue to create the incredibly beautiful fairs for which it is known and admired.”

Maastricht City Council is providing De Hoofdwacht, an 18th-century building in Vrijthof, so that TEFAF can have a presence in the City throughout the year. The building will be used in a variety of ways, which will be developed over the coming year and will enhance TEFAF’s presence in the City.

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Photo: TEFAF Chairman Nanne Dekking, TEFAF CEO Patrick van Maris, King's Commissioner for Limburg Theo Bovens, Mayor of Maastricht Annemarie Penn- te Strake, MECC Maastricht Managing Director Rob van de Wiel and Chief Executive of the Province of Limburg Guido Derks.

Note for editors
TEFAF Maastricht: Jan Peter Verhagen, jp.verhagen@tefaf.com, +31 6 42 56 72 25
The Limburg Provincial Government: Cècely Loontjens, Senior advisor communication, ace.loontjens@prvlimburg.nl, +31 (0)43 389 73 34 | +31 (0)6 52 08 62 93      

About TEFAF
TEFAF is a not-for-profit foundation acting as an expert guide for both private and institutional collectors in a global art marketplace, and inspiring lovers and buyers of art everywhere. TEFAF now runs three Fairs internationally: TEFAF Maastricht, TEFAF New York Fall and TEFAF New York Spring. The 31st edition of TEFAF Maastricht will be held in the MECC Maastricht from 10-18 March 2018.

About MECC Maastricht
MECC Maastricht has been the conference and event location of Maastricht & region for 30 years. During the year, the most diverse conferences, exhibitions and events are organized at MECC Maastricht. In addition to 30,000 m² of event halls, MECC Maastricht has a multifunctional conference center with 2 auditoriums (together 1,650 seats), 26 meeting rooms suitable for meetings up to 8,000 people and an Expo Foyer of 2,500 m². MECC Maastricht’s story is mainly about a team of people that act based on their firm conviction to give more than people expect. MECC Maastricht literally and figuratively goes ‘beyond boundaries’ to ensure our customers’ success and the ultimate experience for visitors. We are always pushing our boundaries so that we can exceed expectations. This vision, in combination with the European and central location of MECC Maastricht, with Belgium and Germany at a mere stone’s throw away, offers unique, cross-border possibilities.

Important note concerning the dates of the fair

Thursday 8th March – 10am – 7pm – Early Access Day (invite only).

  • Friday 9th March – 11am – 7pm – Preview Day (invite only).
  • Saturday 10th March – Saturday 17th March - 11am – 7pm – General admission
  • Sunday 18th March – 11am – 6pm – General Admission

General admission tickets are €45 and can be bought via www.tefaf.com or on arrival at the Fair.

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