IMEX Frankfurt 2016 recap: Team Holland twisted the floor

Did you attend IMEX Frankfurt this year? Then I’m sure you are still recovering, just like me. What a fantastic event it was! Team Holland had the largest number of Dutch participants in IMEX history and each and every single one of them definitely rocked the floor. Let’s reminisce a bit!

Team Holland

This year Team Holland represented no less than 39 suppliers from the Dutch meetings industry. That is a whole lot of bundled Dutchness! But see for yourself (I didn’t even fit in the frame!):

Team Holland at IMEX Frankfurt 2016

Team Holland at IMEX Frankfurt 2016

This means Team Holland twisted the exhibition floor more than ever, meeting old friends and making new. Whether you came to the Holland stand to network, plan one of your events, (re)connected with the Dutch over a glas of bubbles or Heineken during the renowned Holland Happy Hour or take a twisted photo with me, I hope you enjoyed the Orange Twist!

Orange Twist

Speaking of twisting, all you eventprofs attending IMEX Frankfurt definitely knew how to do the Orange Twist!

Did you get twisted and took a photo with me at IMEX Frankfurt? Then head over to my Facebook page to tag, like and share your photo:

Orange Twist photos IMEX Frankfurt: day 1
Orange Twist photos IMEX Frankfurt: day 2
Orange Twist photos IMEX Frankfurt: day 3

What’s in it for you, you may ask? Well, the twisted photo with the most likes will win a fantastic 4-day trip to Holland for 2! The trip includes:

– 2 nights at Park Hotel Amsterdam
– a Delta-Travel city guide to show you around Amsterdam
– 2 IAmsterdam City Cards (48 hours)
– lunch incl guided tour at Beurs van Berlage Amsterdam
– guided Tour and dinner at micro-brewery Troost at Westergasfabriek Amsterdam
– 1 night at Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin in Noordwijk incl breakfast and a 3-course dinner

(Terms & conditions apply)

Better hurry up though, voting/liking ends on May 5, 2016! The winner will be announced shortly after.

IMEX run

What’s better than sleeping in a bit and enjoying an extended hotel breakfast to prepare for day two of IMEX? I’d say getting up at the break of dawn to run a 5k with about 800 other event professionals to get that heartrate up and running! It definitely helped to have a Brazilian breakfast including fresh coconuts calling your name at the finish line though. Kudos to Sports by TLC for getting everybody out and about at such an early time.

IMEX Academy Award 2016

Each year the IMEX Group presents the IMEX Academy Awards to individuals “who have served the meetings and incentive travel industry exceptionally well”. This year, Team Holland’s very own Eric Bakermans (Marketing Manager Meetings & Conventions at NBTC Holland Marketing) received the IMEX Academy Award Europe for his continuous contribution to the industry. Huge congratulations to Eric and well deserved. Team Holland is very proud!

IMEX Frankfurt – an unforgettable experience

On behalf of Team Holland I’d like to say thank you to each and every one of you for visiting the Holland stand and making IMEX Frankfurt 2016 an unforgettable experience. Keep on twisting and see you in… Holland?!

Where you can meet Team Holland next

Missed Team Holland at IMEX Frankfurt? No worries. in 2016 you can still meet us at The Meetings Show UK in London, IMEX America in Las Vegas or IBTM World in Barcelona.

 

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!

#IMEX15 recap

I hope that you all are fully recovered from the awesome and exciting days in Frankfurt. It feels like the trade show is getting bigger and better every year, doesn’t it? Back at Holland 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 the best pictures of IMEX Frankfurt 2015.

#IMEX14 Frankfurt recap

I hope that you all are fully recovered from the awesome and exciting days in Frankfurt. It feels like the trade show is getting bigger and better every year, doesn’t it? Back at Holland 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 the best pictures of IMEX Frankfurt 2014.

Let’s meet again at IMEX Frankfurt 2015!

Where and when will I meet you this year? My event schedule for 2014

It was fun meeting all of you people in 2013. I hope to see you again this year. Check my event schedule for 2014 and pay me a vist in Frankfurt, Orlando, London, Vegas or Barcelona. I am happy to welcome you at the Holland Meeting Point. Experience Dutch hospitality and get in touch with my Dutch partners. I can help you to find the right match for your own meetings.

20 – 22 May, IMEX Frankfurt

Whether you are from an agency, are a corporate or association buyer, organise events as part of your business travel or marketing remit – at IMEX all important players of the meeting industry come together. In times of economic change IMEX might offer you inspirational answers to critical questions within the meeting industry.

IMEX Frankfurt

10 – 12 June, AIBTM Orlando, USA

The Americas Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition (AIBTM) is a leading global exhibition for the U.S. meetings and events industry. AIBTM delivers individually qualified Hosted Buyers and eligible Trade buyers from the U.S. and around the world.

AIBTM 2014

8 – 10 July, The Meetings Show UK

The Meetings Show UK is a major new event for the UK meeting industry offering an unrivalled platform of inbound and outbound business and bringing together the heart of the meetings community. The hosted buyer programme will identify influential buyers, the education programme will be devised by a panel of leading industry figures. We can expect interesting content and great networking opportunities.

meeting show uk

14 – 16 October, IMEX USA

IMEX America is America’s worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events, backed by the experience and resources of the IMEX Group of exhibitions. The show runs the largest hosted buyer program ever held in North America with over 2,400 qualified buyers, including convention and visitor bureaus, national and regional tourist offices, major hotel groups, airlines, destination management companies, service providers, trade associations and more.

IMEX USA

18-20 November, EIBTM Barcelona

EIBTM is the leading international event in the European meetings and incentives industry and provides a valuable networking and business forum. On average, EIBTM attracts 5,000 industry buyers of which over 2,000 are top level decision makers bought to the event as part of its Hosted Buyer Programme. For anyone organising events, conferences or business travel, EIBTM allows them to meet over 2,500 exhibitors under one roof.

Blog Mr Holland Holland-stand-at-EIBTM

Please let me know…

…which of these events are you planning to attend this year?