Holland Moves ibtm world 2016 – and me

ibtm world in Barcelona has always been one of my favourite industry events of the year. And the 2016 edition will hold an extra special place in my orange heart as it was the last event I attended as Mr Holland. Needless to say that it was a bitter sweet visit to Barcelona this time around. I showed eventprofs from around the world that Holland Moves, we shared many fond memories and I had the most fantastic farewell I could have wished for. Let’s reminisce a bit, shall we?

Team Holland at ibtm world 2016

Team Holland at ibtm world 2016This year, 34 Dutch suppliers represented Team Holland at the Holland stand at ibtm world. Together, we showed eventprofs from all over the world how Holland Moves your meeting to the next level. And of course one thing that could not miss this year was our renowned Postillion Happy Hour.

For more pictures from on and around the Holland stand head on over to my ibtm world photo album on Facebook.

Win a trip to Holland

I couldn’t attend my last industry event without giving away one final, amazing trip to Holland! Did we take a Holland Moves picture together? Then you have until Monday, December 12, 2016 (noon, CET) to tag, like and share our photo. The photo with the most likes wins the trip to Holland so you can experience first hand how Holland moves you! The prize includes:

– economy class return flight with KLM Air France

in Amsterdam
– 1 night at Pulitzer Hotel Amsterdam, incl. breakfast
– lunch (incl. guided tour) at Amsterdam Conference Centre Beurs van Berlage
– 2 iAmsterdam city cards (48 hrs)

in Rotterdam
– 1 night at Inntel Hotels Rotterdam City Centre, incl. breakfast
– lunch (incl. guided tour) at Postillion Convention Centre WTC Rotterdam
– Markthal Experience, offered to you by Co Solo DMC

Head on over to my Facebook page to find, tag, like & share our Holland Moves photo. Here are the photos from Tuesday and here the photos from Wednesday.

[update December 13, 2016: Jane from Russia won the trip. Team Holland is excited to welcome her to Holland soon!]

ibtm holland moves winner Jane

ibtm world #HollandMoves winner Jane

Rendezvous at ibtm world 2016

This year, NBTC Holland Marketing partnered with ibtm world and Meetings Professional International (MPI) Foundation to launch Rendezvous at ibtm world 2016.

What can I say other than Rendezvous surely was a night to remember! Thank you to each and everyone of you for celebrating a night of orange fun with Team Holland and myself. For me personally it was bitter-sweet, since Rendezvous also marked my very last performance as Mr Holland. As of now, I will go through life as The Artist Formerly Known as Mr Holland. But, we will always have the wonderful memories.

And by the way, all proceeds of the event will be invested in the MPI Foundation, which funds scholarships, grants and pan-industry research. What a better way for me to say goodbye to the events industry!

Orange carpet photo call

All pictures from the Rendezvous Orange Carpet photo call are now up on my Facebook page. Feel free to tag yourself and share your Orange Carpet moment.

Rendezvous event pics

Did you hope that what happens at Opium, stays at Opium? No such luck!

(Rendezvous image credit:  © Edward Hill | http://www.edwardhill.com)

Take a look at all the Rendezvous event pictures on my Facebook page. Don’t forget to tag yourself!

Team Holland takes over

One of my last duties as (The Artist Formerly Known As) Mr Holland was to officially pass on the Holland ambassador torch to my friends from Team Holland. And I did it the Dutch way, of course: by adding some (more) orange to each and every single one of them. Mission accomplished, don’t you think? 😉

adding some (more) orange to Team Holland

The hardest godbye of them all – farewell Team Holland

We’ve known each other for a while now, so I feel I can be honest with you. In the events industry we see people come and go quite often. However, there was one farewell that hit me a bit harder than I was anticipating: saying goodbye to ‘my’ Team Holland.

ibtm world 2016’s Team Holland represented a much bigger Team Holland, of course. Throughout the years I had the pleasure of working together with so many inspiring and driven suppliers from the Duch meetings and events industry. And it wouldn’t do them justice not to give each and everyone of them a shoutout at this moment. You all know who you are!

The only consolation was that apparently I wasn’t the only one having a hard time letting go, quite literally 😉

But, alas, the moment had to come after all. So without further ado, here is one more immensely huge THANK YOU TEAM HOLLAND (yes, I capitalized that). And thank you for the memories. It’s been an honor representing you and our beautiful small country across the world.

Farewell Team Holland

Farewell Team Holland

Goodbye ibtm world, goodbye eventprofs

And at last, I couldn’t postpone the final goodbye anymore. After all, I had a plane to catch 😉  But it’s like they say: all good things must come to an end. And so my final walk out of the Grand Fira in Barcelona was a very symbolic one. Thank you ibtm world and thank you eventprofs from all over the world. I hope you agree with me when I say we’ve had an amazing 5 years together. So farewell, dear friends. Until we meet again – hopefully in Holland! 😉

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Let’s Rendezvous at IBTM World

Rendezvous at IBTM World

Buy your Rendezvous ticketIf you are a regular IBTM World (or former EIBTM) attendee, you surely know that Wednesday night is reserved for one of the meeting industry’s greatest happenings. Some people may recall the event as IBTM World’s Club Night at Opium and some people may even remember the equally iconic Holland House Event. The latter was before my time unfortunately, but I have been told many tales surrounding the infamous Dutch party – some of which could surely be labeled as ‘what happens in Barcelona, stays in Barcelona’!

Club Night becomes Rendezvous

This year, NBTC Holland Marketing is proud to partner with IBTM World and Meetings Professional International (MPI) Foundation to launch Rendezvous at IBTM World 2016. Rendezvous is MPI Foundation’s signature networking and fundraising event and will see its inaugural IBTM World edition on Wednesday, November 30 at Opium in Barcelona. All proceeds of the event will be invested in the MPI Foundation, which funds scholarships, grants and pan-industry research. Can you imagine a better way to secure the future success of the meetings and events industry than by having an unforgettable orange party?

Let Holland move you all night long

This means that on November 30 the night will light orange in Barcelona. Team Holland is ready to move you all night long and it will be a night full of orange surprises. Trust me on this one! And of course I will be there as well. So what are you waiting for? Buy your Rendezvous ticket now for a night full of orange fun and dancing.

Buy your Rendezvous ticket

 

2015 was the year we dreamed of Holland and did the Orange Twist

There are only a couple of weeks left in 2015 and I can’t help but wonder: where did the last 350 odd days go? Did I do too much Orange Twisting or did somebody push the fast forward button? Then I remembered that there was simply so much going on in the Dutch and international meetings industry this year that time quite literally flew by. So why don’t you join me on a little trip down memory lane 2015 and let’s reminisce together!

I visited Frankfurt, London, Las Vegas and Barcelona

IMEX Frankfurt, the Meetings Show UK in London, IMEX America in Las Vegas and IBTM World in Barcelona are regulars in my annual agenda. Yet these trade shows never seize to amaze me. The people I met, the Dreaming of Holland we did, the Happy Hours we celebrated and the Orange Twists we danced together made for some wonderful memories!

Holland celebrated King’s Day

2015 marked the first year that Holland celebrated King’s Day on a very special day: the King’s birthday! After celebrating Queen’s Day on April 30 for the last 123 years, King’s Day, also known as Holland’s biggest party, will now be celebrated on April 27.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima at King's Day

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima at King’s Day

Le Tour de France grand départ in Utrecht

Holland hosted the grand départ of Le Tour de France for the sixth time in 2015; a record! This year Utrecht was elected to host the event. It was a celebration that lasted 100 days with a variety of smaller events leading up to the big event in the city.

And since Holland is the #1 bicycle country in the world it’s almost needless to say that Holland was head over (w)heels to be part of the world’s largest cycling event once again!

Launch of the Holland Site Selector

Finding the perfect location and suppliers for your business event can be a time- consuming endeavour. To help you out we developed an easy-to-use tool in 2015 that will send a tailor-made advice to your inbox in 4 easy steps: The Holland Site Selector!

Holland Site Selector - siteselector.meetmrholland.com

Holland Site Selector

Have you tried it yet? If not, you should give it a try to see how easy and quick it is. I can promise you that you’ll get some valuable advice for your next meeting.

We did the Orange Twist together

I can still feel my feet from all the Orange Twisting we did at IMEX America and IBTM World this year. No one can deny that we twisted the floors in Las Vegas and Barcelona. And we’re not done yet! Are you ready for some more Orange Twisting at IMEX Frankfurt and the Meetings Show UK in 2016? Here’s my official Orange Twist video to help you practice (and to get you dreaming about Holland!):

Rotterdam was European City of 2015 & on Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel List 2016

Holland has so many exciting cities, but in 2015 one city in particular took the spotlight on the international stage: Rotterdam! First Rotterdam was awarded ‘European city of 2015’ – here you can find out why.

And just recently, Rotterdam has been named one of the top cities to visit in 2016 by Lonely Planet. Very exciting news for the youngest and most modern of Holland’s main cities!

Veerhhaven Rotterdam - Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2016

Veerhhaven Rotterdam – Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2016

New hotel & venue openings in Holland in 2015

Last but certainly not least, a great number of new hotels and venues opened in Holland in 2015. Here’s an overview for you. Have you visited any of them yet?

Amsterdam

Motel ONE
W Amsterdam
Element Hotel
Steigenberger Hotel
Hyatt Regency Amsterdam
Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
INK Hotel
Atlas ArenA Amsterdam
Mercure Hotel Amsterdam Sloterdijk Station
Corendon Vitality Hotel Amsterdam
Amtrium Novotel Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

Rotterdam

Hotel WINGS Rotterdam Airport

Groningen

Apollo Hotel & Resort

Eindhoven

Intercity Hotel Eindhoven

Leiden

Van der Valk Hotel Sassenheim Leiden

Thank you 2015! Hello 2016!

What an exciting and eventful year 2015 was! Here’s to a fantastic new year. See you in 2016… in Holland!

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!