3 of my favourite events around the #IMEX12 showfloor: #eventprofs Tweetup, EURO Party and meeting with you!

A little more then 3 weeks to go before the international meetings industry will gather in Las Vegas for IMEX America 2012. In the past week the pre-show excitement really gained some momentum, as more and more people join the converstation via #IMEX12. In this post I would like to draw your attention to 3 special events at the IMEX showfloor where I would love to meet you in person!

1. #eventprofs Tweetup

Personally I love staying connected with my friends in the meetings industry via Social Media like Twitter and Facebook. This gets even better when we get the chance to meet each other ‘in real life’! At IMEX Frankfurt I was a proud host of the #EUventprofs Tweetup. And currently plans are being made to have a tweetup with the #Eventprofs at IMEX again. So please join us by filling in this RSVP: http://imexlasvegastweetup.eventbrite.com

In case we do not manage to pick a date that fits us all, we could always turn this into a daily event. Like a ‘campfire’ where we share our coolest findings of the tradeshow. I’ll bring some ‘stroopwafels’, delicious with a cup of coffee or tea!

2. EURO Party for hosted buyers

The European CVB’s and Tourism offices join forces and are pleased to invite hosted buyers to the EURO Party at IMEX America on October 10th at 4:30 pm in the European section on the show floor. Back by popular demand, the “EURO Party” will give you the chance to relax, enjoy a bite to eat, have a drink, and mingle with European destination representatives and their partners. Be sure to take a walk around the area to get stamps for your “EURO Passport” and to discover some typical food and drink, unique performances and other surprises from Germany, Holland, France, Greece, Monaco Switzerland, Turkey, and many more!

Are you a hosted buyer? Let us know your joining the party and RSVP at Linkedin: http://linkd.in/RmEBg3

 3. Meeting with you at the Holland Booth (212)

And finally I am really looking forward to meeting you in real life at the booth of the Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions (212). I can answer all your questions about organizing meetings and conferences in my country, we can take a picture together and I can introduce you to the partners who came along to Vegas.

To make an appointment you have to be logged in at the IMEX America website and then follow this link: Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions, Booth number 212. At the booth you can make personal appointments with:

Accor Hotels The Netherlands
Accor, the world’s leading hotel operator and market leader in Europe, is present in 92 countries with more than 4,400 hotels and 530,000 rooms.

Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre
With more than 110 years of experience, Amsterdam RAI is the main convention center in The Netherlands.

Apollo Hotels Amsterdam
Ramada Apollo Amsterdam Centre Guestrooms: 446 Number of Meeting Rooms: 8 (2,395 square feet) Largest Meeting room: 200 people.

Hotel Okura Amsterdam
Hotel Okura Amsterdam is the most complete five-star luxury hotel that you will find in The Netherlands and exclusive member of ‘The Leading Hotels of the world’.

HOTELS VAN ORANJE, The Beach of Amsterdam
The Hotels van Oranje a combination of a 4 and 5 star hotel located at the Beach of Amsterdam 20 minutes from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre
The Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre is located in the Eastern Docklands in between the Muziekgebouw and the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam.

Looking forward to see you in Vegas! Please let me know if I will meet you there.

5 ways to stay in touch with me online

Profile Picture Meet Mr. HollandMy website at Holland.com

I have my own page on the official Holland.com website. You can read all about the Netherlands and me there. You can also e-mail me with all your questions or submit this form to request more information. I try to respond a quickly as I can, so do not hesitate to get in touch.

Follow @MeetMrHolland on Twitter

Follow me on Twitter: @MeetMrHolland. I tweet relevant news about planning meetings in the Netherlands, as well as the ‘orange perspective’ on our industry. Of course I will also answer all your questions. I check my account every day, so I won’t leave you hanging!

Connect with Mr. Holland on Linkedin
On LinkedIn I join discussions in groups, like my employers group: Let’s meet in Holland. It’s fun to join these conversation and meet like-minded professionals, so I recommend you join this group. I am also open to connect with you personally and answer your questions on LinkedIn. Find me here: http://linkedin.com/in/MeetMrHolland

Like Meet Mr. Holland on Facebook

Want to have some fun, receive location tips, hotels and activities in the Netherlands, then I recommend liking my Facebook page: http://.facebook.com/MeetMrHolland

Take a look over my shoulder at Pinterest

A picture is worth a 1000 words. Which is why I started figuring out Pinterest.Check out my boards at: http://pinterest.com/MeetMrHolland

And where do I find you?

If you like to stay in touch, please post a link to your Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin or Pinterest account in te comments below. I will be sure to follow, like, connect or pin with you!

Warm regards,

Mr. Holland

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.

Meet Mr. Holland

Hi! My name is Mr. Holland. I get a lot of questions about my name. My name is Mr. Holland because I know everything there is to know about Holland, so you could say I am a living symbol of everything this beautiful country stands for. I was born and raised in Holland. You might know me from Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. Here I share my love for Holland and my knowledge of planning meetings with you.

I am a good singer, if I may say so. I play in band and I just am a typical Dutch bloke. People describe me as a friendly lad, not a player, not a big mouth but cheeky and just fun! I think this description of me is just like I would describe Holland.

I work at The Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions (NBTC) as a Holland Host. Working there had taught me a lot about planning meetings. I’m here to help you planning your meeting in our small but beautiful country so if you have any question about Holland or me, just let me know!

I believe you should go see the town you are visiting and have a little fun with your attendees. That’s the reason why if you read my tweets or posts on Facebook you will notice I try to make a mix between meeting tips en tools, talking about good venues, handy information about the city and just plain fun. If you just want to read my meeting planning tips you should add me on LinkedIn.

I hope you have a better picture of me and know who to get to when you have a question about planning a meeting and Holland. Talk to you soon!