Window to the world
The Greater Stavanger region has been international for as long has there have been people living here. Many say that the history of Norway began here with explorers arriving in small boats from the south as the glaciers of the last Ice Age ended just 10,000 years ago, and an international feel has continued to the present day.The World Meets Here
The infrastructure here in the Stavanger is excellent, as the region´s 300,000 residents will eagerly attest. With a modern international airport, the rest of the world is within reach. Each year thousands of visitors take part in hundreds of events, including the annual ONS event, one of the world’s leading energy industry events. Since its birth in 1974, the ONS has grown in stature, with the 2010 event being attended by 50,000 visitors from 91 different countries.
Stavanger is the birthplace of the “Norwegian Oil and Gas Adventure” that began in 1969 and is now again looking to the future within renewable energy that include wind and tidal power. The industry here is strong, and indelibly linked with the innovative University of Stavanger and various international research centers – all combining to make the Stavanger region and excellent destination for tourists, businesses - and as a host for events. For more information about Stavanger business and industry, see the link to Greater Stavanger Business Region.
This is a region of business, industry, culture, recreation, and a quality of life that makes Stavanger a great place to visit – and a hard place to leave. The alliance between business and academia is a strong one, with one excellent example being the NCE (Norwegian Centres of Expertise) Culinology. NCE Culinology has over 100 member organizations from the marine sector, the farming industry, the research and academia environment, finance, and government. Business and industry here is varied, creative – and successful.
The Taste of Stavanger
The annual summer Gladmat food festival must be experienced. Featuring local producers of fish, meats, herbs, breads and other foods that will raise your curiosity and whet your pallet, where you can watch master chefs work their magic while sitting by the tranquility of the Stavanger harbor.
Accessible and Pleasant
Whatever the size of the event, the Stavanger is natural, accessible and pleasant. Many international companies pick the Stavanger region for meetings, kick-offs, symposiums and summits as the balance between work and recreation makes this destination a catalyst for successful creativity and communication. Featuring approximately 40 hotels with a total of over 5,000 beds, anything is possible here in Stavanger.