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.

Meet the Dutch at #EIBTM : Make an appointment!

As you know, I was first introduced to the international meeting buyer community at last year’s EIBTM in Barcelona.This year, stand J300 will be my home, and your Holland Meeting Point during EIBTM. Be sure to check out my live performance during our Happy Hours at 17:00 on Tuesday and Wednesday.

I will be joined by representatives of 33 of the finest Dutch convention centres, special venues, meeting hotels and hotel chains, regional convention bureaus, destination management companies and other service providers, such as Skyteam (KLM-AirFrance and partners). The venues cover the best of what Holland has to offer, in all geographical areas, ranging from very old historic buildings to state-of-the-art modern facilities. We even have a former cruise vessel that is now a trendy hotel and meeting venue.

The destination experts from five major cities and the best destination management companies will help you to create the best circumstances for your next meeting, and will make sure that the logistics run seamlessly.

Appointment system : really easy!

If you are going to the EIBTM in Barcelona from 27 through 29 November, do visit the EIBTM website to find out about all the show and the benefits for attendees.

To be sure of an appointment, please use the EIBTM pre-scheduled appointment system to book your slot, or contact me directly to set up an appointment. With so many friends present, there must be someone at the Holland Meeting Point (stand J300) that can help you with your next meeting:

Regional Convention Bureaus

Destination Management Companies

Convention Centres

Hotel Chains

Individual Hotels

Special venues

Travel Solutions

Keep in touch with the Dutch

As you know, I am here to make it easy for you to keep in touch with the Dutch. Just contact me via any of my online channels and I will help you out!

Social Networking on your flight, KLM makes it possible

I‘ve spent a lot of time on planes in my life, but KLM must be one of the most innovative airlines out there. Their new social seating function, ‘Meet and Seat’ must be the latest example of this.

The genius idea behind ‘Meet and Seat’ is that passengers can take a look at each other’s interests or profession by linking their Facebook or Linkedin profiles to the flight. It also shows them who is coming to the same event for example. You can choose who you would like to sit next to and start networking in real life during your flight! This way flying becomes much more social and allows you to make valuable connections. KLM is adding value to your flight! Very clever, in my humble opinion!

For a complete walk through of the process watch the instruction video here:

I May we’re all going to IMEX in Frankfurt of course! So check if I’m on your flight and join me for a chat on board.

Have you tried flying with Seat and Meet? Please share your stories with me.

Act normal, that’s crazy enough

This famous Dutch proverb (literally translated here), basically expresses our Dutch egalitarian society. With our curtains open we look at our neighbours’ car to see if they are not showing off. It is deeply ingrained in our calvinistic society to not ever talk about the money we make, or to brag about the great job we have.

We Dutchies, however, have found a much subtler way to show how succesfull we have been in our lives. Ever since 1952 KLM has been giving out little porcelain houses filled with Bols genever to its business class customers. And it’s business class travellers only.

When visiting Dutch friends, it will serve you well to comment on the beauty of these little houses, as you notice them subtly arranged on your hosts mantle piece, or on top of a book case.
Don’t be fooled by their flippant reaction: ‘Oh yes, KLM has been giving them out for years’. Know that you have made your host very, very happy by noticing.