A day in… Noordwijk

Noordwijk is a municipality in the province of Zuid-Holland and is beautifully located at the beach. Noordwijk may not be the biggest city, but Noordwijk is known as Holland’s second conference city. Whether you are planning your meeting here or just want to explore the city, spending the day in Noordwijk gives you a lot of business and leisure options.

Noordwijk

Facts
Noordwijk is also known as the beach of Amsterdam
13 km of coast line
Capacity largest auditorium: 1,100 pax
Population: 25,600

Getting there & getting around
Noordwijk is easy to reach by car, plane or public transportation. Big cities like Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague are close at hand. So too are Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (25 km) and Rotterdam The Hague Airport (40 km).

Noordwijk has all the congress facilities of a big city. But on a small scale. In Noordwijk, it doesn’t take your guests long to get from A to B. Unlike big cities, everything you need is within walking distance, which is ideal when your conference covers several locations or if your guests are staying in different hotels. Accommodating a citywide conference is no problem at all for Noordwijk.

Meeting and business venues 
Noordwijk offers a wide variety of meeting venues, hotels and inspirational conference rooms. Because Noordwijk is a friendly seaside resort with a warm atmosphere, your guests are sure to feel at home.

New
In the summer Vesper Hotel opened its doors in Noordwijk. This boutique hotel is all about mixing business with pleasure.

Classics
Staying in Noordwijk? You might want to consider the Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin or Hotels van Oranje. They are both strategically located and well-known for their international guests like President Obama and Xi Jinping. If you are looking for a venue for a large group of people (up to 1,100 pax) you could have your meeting at Hotel NH Noordwijk Conference Centre Leeuwenhorst.

After your meeting
Noordwijk is a great place to spend a day. They have a broad range of museums, shopping areas, restaurants and sights.

Restaurants
Casual or Michelin star restaurant? Beach vibe or intimate setting? Noordwijk has it all. Here are a few of my suggestions:

Beachclub O. – beach / music / relax
Chatillon – hotel / creative / organic
Latour – Michelin star / wines / classic
Villa de Duinen – French / classic / business meeting

Mermaid of Noordwijk

Sights
Noordwijk has beautiful beaches, magnificent sand dunes, a charming, historic centre and various attractions in the surrounding area – most of them internationally renowned.

A day in Noordwijk.. 
With all these tips I am almost sure you need a few extra days of stay in Noordwijk. Contact Noordwijk Marketing for all your detailed questions. Have fun at the beach!

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The #IMEX14 recap: enter the competition and win a dream trip to Holland

Wow, Las Vegas, you were amazing! Only one week ago we were meeting, singing, taking pictures in bed and having a great trade fair during IMEX Las Vegas. 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 IMEX Las Vegas 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 Amsterdam and Noordwijk. #DreamingofHolland

The trip includes:
– Return flight with KLM
– 2 night stay incl. breakfast at Hotel Okura Amsterdam
– Lunch and guided tour at the Beurs van Berlage Amsterdam
– Dinner at the Amsterdam Marriott Hotel
– Evening at the SkyLounge of the DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station
– 1 night incl. welcome Champagne and breakfast in Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin
– Dinner at Hotels van Oranje

For instructions check the terms & conditions of this contest.

An interview with.. Stephan Stokkermans – Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin

Last March, during the Nuclear Security Summit, President Obama chose to stay at Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin in Noordwijk. How exciting for a hotel manager. I talked to commercial director Stephan Stokkermans about this very special guest. 

Stephan Stokkermans and  United States Secretary of State John Kerry

Stephan Stokkermans (left) and United States Secretary of State John Kerry (right)

The Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin was chosen to be the residence of the U.S. President during the NSS. How did this decision come about?
The organisation of the NSS was in the hands of the Dutch government in general and the ministry of foreign affairs in particular. They booked approximately 8,000 rooms for all delegations. The embassy of America explicitly picked the Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin based on location, capacity and quality of the rooms and halls.

How much preparation time did it cost from the beginning to the actual visit?
During the first quarter of 2013 the ​​selection of hotels was made. From September on we drafted plans along with the embassy and the White House.

Did President Obama comment on his stay at Huis ter Duin?
Both President Obama and state secretary Kerry were very enthusiastic about the hotel. In particular, they found the facilities and location to be very impressive. In fact, the seaside setting reminded them of Cape Cod.

What are the differences between hosting a delegation and “any other group”?
The Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin has a rich history hosting international meetings of multinationals, the European Union and NATO. Those meetings are attended by several delegations and they come with an extensive conference program. In this situation, the focus is on the temporary residence of a head of state and his support services. Which was reassuring, but given the importance of the delegation we did feel a serious amount of pressure.

Beast at Grand hotel Huis ter Duin

What were the biggest changes you had to make for safety or comfort?
The greatest challenge was to create additional offices for support services for the White House. Next to that there were, of course, additional security measures taken by the Dutch government to ensure the safety of the American delegation.

What kind of food did you serve President Obama?
One of the fun parts was the initiative of our chef Marcel van Lier, awarded with a Michelin star, to serve some exciting amuses with a typically Dutch touch.

What have you learned from this experience?
Each and every event inspires us to continue to improve our services and facilities. One of the enduring improvements we have made was definitely the ICT structure of the hotel so we can better respond to requests from large numbers of users.

If you could choose one famous person you would like to welcome to your hotel in the future, who would that person be?
For sure, welcoming none other than the President of the United States is a highpoint for every hotelier. We feel even more connected with the United States through our membership of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. However, regardless of which guest we welcome or whatever their positions or nationalities may be, we’d be determined to exceed expectations.