Amsterdam is probably the most famous Dutch city due to its rich history and multifaceted culture. I have been on site inspection in the capital to check out the possibilities for small meetings (up to 100 participants).
Creative melting pot
More than 180 nationalities have chosen Amsterdam as their home city, creating a melting pot of various cultures, ideas and visions. Creative corporates in the gaming, fashion and design industry that aim for fresh inspiration can definitely benefit from the creative energy and innovative spirits that flow around here. According to research undertaken for Global Cities, Holland ranks second in the world of creatives with 46.2 percent of the workforce employed in creative occupations. That is why Amsterdam shares the top of creative cities with London, New York and Los Angeles. Additionally, the city stands out as one of the most entrepreneurial places in the world making it also a fountain of inspiration for small (starting) businesses.
Many ways lead to Amsterdam. International visitors can use the services of my friends from Air France KLM. The royal airline flies directly to Amsterdam from 185 destinations worldwide. From Amsterdam Airport Schiphol it is a 20 minute ride to the city centre by cab or train. Belgian or German visitors can also travel with the train services provided by the international Hispeed railway network. Compared to a metropolis like London or New York, the capital of Holland is rather compact. This is great because most big attractions are within walking distance from the city centre. If you want to spare your feet you can easily get around with a rental bicycle or the public transport network.
Venues for small meetings
Amsterdam has many great, fancy venues for meetings. Here is a list of conference hotels I can recommend especially for smaller meetings.
Holiday Inn Amsterdam (4*)
Double Tree by Hilton (4*)
Conservatorium Hotel (5*)
NH Barbizon Palace (5*)
Park Hotel Amsterdam (4*)
Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam (5*)
WestCord Fashion Hotel Amsterdam (4*)
After your meeting
Amsterdam has such a rich culture that it impossible to get bored. Next to the famous Rijksmuseum there are plenty of other museums for all interests. For creative minds I can recommend the Foam Photography Museum, the EYE Film Museum or the ARCAM Amsterdam Centre for Architecture.
For a coffee break you can take a seat at one of the numerous cafes where you can mix with the locals. I can only recommend you to explore Amsterdam’s nightlife. The many pubs and bars are open until the early morning. Whether you like it loud and crowded, or cosy and elegant – Amsterdam has a location for each taste. If you are in the mood to dance you will love the clubs here which are inspired by world-class DJs like Armin van Buuren.
Next to the famous attractions, Amsterdam also own some hidden gems. If you want to leave the beaten track during your stay I have some tips for you. For more hidden secrets you can check my page at the Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions.
De kleine Werf, a 400 year old former shipyard with bohemian surroundings for meetings up to 40 participants.
De Kas, a former green house which offers delicious dishes and private tables for business dinners.
Stand Up Paddling, discover the canals of Amsterdam by paddling on a surf board.
For more questions about meeting activities in and around Amsterdam you can contact my friends from Amsterdam Marketing.
Or do you want help with the organization of your meeting? I know many DMCs that are situated in Amsterdam like Delta Amsterdam, Incentive Europe, ITBholland, KUONI Destination Management Benelux, Ovation Holland and Holland Destination Management.