IBTM World 2015 recap: Barcelona was twisted!

This year, IBTM World in Barcelona wasn’t only buzzing, it was also twisting! Orange Twisting, to be exact. 37 of my partners joined me at the Holland stand in Barcelona this year to twist the trade floor. And, to tell meeting planners and event professionals from all around the world how to add an Orange Twist to their meeting.

The Orange Twist

Not only Team Holland did the Orange Twist, a lot of you did as well. I’m not sure if there was something in the Spanish water, but you showed me some serious dance moves. The competition to become IBTM World’s best dancer is going to be a tough one.

Win a 4-day trip to Holland for 2

On my Facebook page you can find all the Orange Twist videos from IBTM World. Head on over there, look for your video (or your friend’s or colleague’s) and vote for it. To increase your chances of winning that fantastic trip to Holland, simply share the video on your own Facebook page to get even more votes. The dancer with the most votes wins the trip – it’s as simple as that. So share your twist and become IBTM World’s best dancer!

The Orange Twist winner will be announced on December 2 on my Facebook and Twitter page – so make sure you’re following me there!

Team Holland wins ‘Best Stand Personnel 2015’ award

On Wednesday the IBTM World team suprised us at the Holland stand to award Team Holland the prize for ‘Best Stand Personnel 2015’. What an honour! I am incredibly proud of our fantastic Team Holland.

A picture says more than a thousand words

Sometimes a picture really does say more than a thousand words. So without further ado, here is an impression from my time at IBTM World in Barcelona. Team Holland and I had a great time. Thank you to everyone who came out to visit us. See you at IBTM World 2016!



The #EIBTM14 recap: enter the competition and win a dream trip to Holland

Barcelona, Barcelona, Barcelona! What an amazing time we had! Only one week ago we were meeting, singing, taking pictures in bed and having a great trade fair during EIBTM. I hope that you all are fully recovered of the awesome and exciting days. Back home I am flicking through all the cool pictures, with old and new friends. Since you all contributed to this unique experience, I want to share my favourite memories with you. Here are my favourite pictures of EIBTM Barcelona 2014.

Don’t forget to tag & like your photo!
Are you one of the hosted buyers, who took a picture in bed with me at the Holland booth? Then you should visit my Facebook Page to tag yourself in our picture and participate in my photo contest. Call your friends to collect as many ‘Likes’ as you can. If your photo has the most ‘Likes’ you win a dream trip to Holland visiting both Rotterdam and Noordwijk. #DreamingofHolland

The trip includes:
– Return flights with KLM

– 2 night stay incl. breakfast at nhow Rotterdam
– 2 Rotterdam Welcome Cards
– Lunch at Restaurant The Park (excl. Drinks)
– 3 course dinner at Restaurant MOOII (excl. Drinks)
– Guided city tour in Rotterdam

– 1 night stay incl. Breakfast at Hotels van Oranje
– Dinner at Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin

For instructions check the terms & conditions of this contest:www.meetmrholland.com/tag-win #DreamingofHolland

Spain: dive into the southern culture

After exploring France I’m in the mood for even more sunshine so I grabbed a train to Spain. But before I ended up lazy on the beach with a bucket of juicy Sangria, I wanted to discover some Spanish culture. Here are my favourite sights.


Say ‘Hi’ to Gaudi in Barcelona

I couldn’t wait to get to Madrid. But my friend Lucila  asked me to make a stop in Barcelona before heading to the capital. She told me about the great architecture of Antoni Gaudi and wanted to show it to me. We spent some hours walking and around and admiring his various works. Honestly, most of them were kind of strange. But his style is so daring and unique that you should have a look at it, when you are close to Barcelona.

Blog Holland Spain Madrid Museo del Prado

Art flash in Madrid

Of  course, Van Gogh and Rembrandt are my favourites, But I’m also a big fan of Salvador Dali en Pablo Picasso. That’s why I wanted to go to the Reina Sofia since they have the greatest public collection of both artists. While admiring Dali’s The Persistence of Memory I met another art lover who gave me the tip o visit Museo del Prado where I could view the paintings of other Spanish artists. His recommendation turned out to be great! The museum offered great art from the 14th to the 19th century. By the way, both museums have free entry during most days of the week.

In the evening I need a cool down. I found a cosy tavern at the edge of the city where I ordered a cold beer. While I rested my tired feet I noticed two gypsy guys starting to play some sweet flamenco music on their guitars. That’s how I imagine a perfect day on holiday.

Blog Holland Holiday Spain Granada Alhambra

Cool down in Granada

In the hills of Granada is the Alhambra Moorish fortress, which protected the inhabitants of the city from invasion by Christian crusaders for hundreds of years. Even though Alhambra is more than a thousand years old, the fortress is stunningly beautiful. I could have spent hours walking around the walls and through the colourful gardens, but suddenly, my stomach screams for food.

Back in the city centre I decide to fight my hunger with a Spanish tradition. Nearly every bar serves tapas and in some places you get them even for free with each drink you order. So guess what? I tried the many different wines until my belly was filled to the top. It was delicious.

Plan my visit to your country

I had a nice time in Spain. Next station is Italy. Furthermore I will travel to Germany, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway and the UK. Can you recommend any great places in these countries I should definitely visit? Please share your secret tip with me!