Information for participants



To cover the costs involved in the organization of the Conference, the Conference Secretariat will charge a participation fee of 150 EUR, with an exemption for UNWTO Members and its official delegates: Member States (in particular, National Tourism Administrations and National Tourism Offices), Associate Members, Observers and Affiliate Members.

Governments, entities and bodies invited by the Secretary-General in his letter dated 15 June 2016 and the interrested general public are requested to complete the registration page before the 30th of September in the below website:


The fee shall be transferred to NATIONAAL RESTAURATIEFONDS according to the below instructions. The registration fee covers all the conference materials, the participation certificate as well as participation in all the coffee breaks, lunch and Dinner (Paushuize) on the 6th of October.



IBAN: IBAN NL54RABO 0265 8662 86


The entrance fee for non-UNWTO members must be paid via bank transfer, indicating code Utrecht2016 in the comments part. Kindly be aware that payment must be received before the conference, otherwise entrance can be rejected.


Working Language

The working language of the Conference will be English.


The Conference on "Religious Heritage and Tourism: How to increase religious heritage tourism in a changing society, is jointly organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Government of The Netherlands duly represented by the Cultural Heritage Agency and by the Museum Catharijneconvent, the Centre for Religious Art and Culture (Flanders) and Future for Religious Heritage. The event will be held on 5 - 7 October 2016, in Utrecht, The Netherlands.


Venue of the Conference, accreditation and badges

The Conference on "Religious Heritage and Tourism: How to increase religious heritage tourism in a changing society, will take place in the Dom church in Utrecht, Netherlands

Venue of the Conference: Dom church

Address: Achter de Dom 1, 3512 JN Utrecht, Netherlands

Tel.+31 30 231 0403


  • The welcome cocktail will take place on Wednesday 5 October in the Museum Catharijneconvent (by special invitation only)
  • The Opening Session and the respective panel sessions will take place on Thursday and Friday 6-7 October in the Dom church.

Participants are requested to wear their identification badges throughout the Conference sessions in the area reserved for the event. All participants are requested to collect their badges at the registration desks.Access to the areas set aside for the Conference will be restricted exclusively to participants wearing identification badges. Badges will be obtained at the Registration Desk at the Dom church which will open from 09:00 to 9:30 on 6 October.


Social Programme

Further information on the optional social programme on 7 October will follow shortly.



  • Speakers and VIP guests will be contacted separately for special arrangements,
  • A welcome desk will be set up at the train station of Utrecht to welcome delegates,
  • Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is situated about 55 km from Utrecht. The car drive takes 45 minutes in normal traffic to Utrecht. By train the trip takes around 50 minutes. Further information regarding the airport is available at the airport’s website:,
  • For train connections to Utrecht, please consult the following website: Single ticket from Schiphol Airport to Utrecht costs 8.70 EUR and there are trains in every 15 minutes).


Please kindly note that UNWTO is not responsible for accommodation arrangements. Participants are requested to make their reservations by directly contacting the hotels in the list below. To benefit from the special rates negotiated by the hosts in Utrecht please refer to our list of partner hotels below.

Participants are recommended to book accommodation as soon as possible, before 15 September 2016

Apollo Hotel (

Reservation link:

Eye Hotel Utrecht

For reservations, please send an email to stating reservation code “RETC” .

Room Price : € 130,00 per night

Breakfast : € 12,50

Tax : 5%

Maliehotel (

For reservations, please send an email to, stating reservation code 2868.

Room Price € 119,00 per night

Breakfast : € 14,50

Tax : 5%

Situated on the outskirts of Utrecht, 10 minutes by bus to the city centre.

Hotel Mitland (

For reservations, please send an email to or call +31 30 2715824 and mention reservation code: CONG051016-4093278 for the discount.

Room Price: € 110,00

Breakfast: € 16,00

Tax: 5%

Situated on the other side of Central Station, a 20 minutes walk, 10 minutes by bus to the city centre.

NH Utrecht (

For reservations, send an email to:, stating reservation code 15662559

Room Price: € 128,10

Breakfast: € 15,00

Tax: 5%

B&B’s Utrecht City Centre: These are all very near to the conference location. Please contact the B&B’s via the information on the website to make a reservation.


Practical Information


Participants may consult if they need an entry visa for the Netherlands at: and may contact the nearest Netherlands’ embassy or consulate for this purpose.

For a list of embassies responsible for short stay (Schengen) visa for the Netherlands, see:

Applicants for a visa will be required to present a confirmation from UNWTO that they are registered as participants in the upcoming meeting. An application for a visa must be submitted to the embassy or consulate at least 15 working days before the intended visit. However, participants are requested to make an appointment to apply for a visa well in time. An application cannot be lodged earlier than 3 months before the start of the intended journey. The Netherlands will use their best efforts to have the necessary visas issued to the participants free of charge and without delay.  

List of participants

A provisional list of participants, based on the replies to invitations, will be included in the welcome pack provided to delegates upon their registration. 


Euro (EUR)


The Netherlands have a temperate maritime climate influenced by the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean, with cool summers and moderate winters. Daytime temperatures varies from 2°C-6°C in the winter and 17°C-20°C in the summer.


The international code of Netherlands is +31. Most foreign mobile phones work in Netherlands. It is possible to purchase prepaid SIM cards through local providers.

For additional information please contact:

World Tourism Organisation

Mr. Peter Janech

Regional Programme for Europe

World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

Poeta Joan Maragall 42

28020 Madrid, Spain

Tel: +34 91 5678211


Agenda on the Future of Religious Heritage


Ms. Jacoline Takke

Event Manager

Tel: +31 6 27 43 03 29





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