Holland Moves You

The Dutch are known to be open-minded and friendly. Creative and efficient. Innovative and business oriented. And I do have to admit that we take quite some pride in it.

However, and maybe most importantly, we are also passionate about sharing our experiences, knowledge and enthousiasm with the world. We like to stir up things and look for new opportunities. That’s probably why innovation thrives in our small country. We simply love to set people and businesses in motion. Let’s take a closer look at how exactly Holland moves you…

Holland Moves You – from A to B

Holland moves you from the North Sea beaches to the enchanting forests of the Veluwe. From the bustling heart of metropolitan cities like Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague to the serenity of hidden chateaus. From traditional landmarks to modern art & design festivals. Move through the vast heath or against the winds on our dykes.

Holland is not only a diverse, but also very compact country. So compact in fact, that we also call it Holland City. That’s what makes moving around so very easy in Holland. From North to South Holland is only 300km/186mi long. From West to East a mere 200km/124mi. From Amsterdam, every major city and every small village in Holland can be reached within three hours, thanks to our great transportation infrastructure. And did you know that besides being home to the world’s largest aviation hub, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Holland has four more international airports? Pretty impressive for such a small country, isn’t it?

Holland Moves You – to the beat of your own drum

In Holland we appreciate uniqueness and thinking out of the box. In fact, being a melting pot with more than 190 nationalities is one of the key factors that makes the Dutch so open-minded. We appreciate how different personalities with different backgrounds and different views widen your horizon. But we also see the importance of staying true to yourself, your values and believes. The same applies to meetings. We realize that no meeting is the same and that there is no one-size-fits-all formula. New insights, developments, opportunities, innovations and technologies are around every corner and we are ready to seize them. And we just might throw in some Dutch wit, charm, and gezelligheid along the way. Because after all, we still like to march to the beat of our own drum.

And, speaking of beats. Holland is home to some of the finest DJs in the world. Tiësto, Afrojack, Junkie XL and Armin van Buren’s beats get people moving on dance floors all around the world. Even the Dutch Royal family:

Holland Moves You – to higher (meeting) levels

Holland may be small in size, but the Dutch are big in business opportunities. We thrive on building bridges and connecting the world. And we do it with an international outlook and a no-nonsense attitude. Holland is a superb incubator for innovation. Something that international investors have realized as well. Amsterdam / Rotterdam was recently named the 3rd attractive metropolitan region for FDI (foreign direct investment) according to IBM’s Global Location Trends report and the Dutch start-up scene is one of the most prominent in Europe. Ever heard of booking.com, TomTom or WeTransfer? All Dutch!

Holland’s well-established and professional meetings and conventions infrastructure is equally impressive. From convention centres like RAI Amsterdam, World Forum The Hague and Rotterdam Ahoy, to conference hotels and special venues. From Regional Convention Burueaus to Destination Management Companies. With expertise, creativity, efficiency and an undeniable business instinct the Dutch meetings industry knows how to move your meeting to the next level. And it never stops moving itself, as the annual new developments prove.

Let Holland move you – in the best ways possible!

Holland moves you on many levels! Personally and professionally. Emotionally and educationally. We spin you around and turn you upside down. We challenge you to move your feet, open your mind and question the status quo. In other words, Holland Moves You – in the best ways possible! So let’s meet in Holland and let’s move your meeting to the next level.

Holland Moves You

Holland Moves you – to Holland! Win a trip at IMEX America or IBTM World

To show you that we truly move you we, well, literally want to move you – to Holland! Visit Team Holland at the Holland stand at IMEX America in Las Vegas or at IBTM World in Barcelona  and let’s get moving together for your chance to win a trip to Holland. To find out more, visit www.meetmrholland.com. To find out more, visit www.meetmrholland.com.

NH Collection launches in Amsterdam

Traveling for business on a regular basis can be quite demanding. When it comes to staying at the business hotel of your choice, it makes all the difference in the world if you feel recognized and rewarded. And that is exactly what NH Collection stands for.

NH Collection brand image

NH Collection – Feel the extraordinary

NH Collection, NH Hotel Group’s new upper-scale brand, caters to guests who are looking for and appreciate that extra service mile being walked for them. Premium hotel facilities and excellent service are a matter of course at NH Collection. The brand has numerous 4 and 5 star hotels, which are located in historic and iconic buildings in convenient locations. True to the motto ‘feel the extraordinary’ NH Collection’s hotels aims to create a memorable experience for each guest. Exceeding guest expectations is each hotel’s goal.

NH Collection hotels in Amsterdam

On April 7, the NH Collection brand launched in Amsterdam with the re-opening of three unique and inspiring locations in the beating heart of the city: NH Collection Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, NH Collection Barbizon Palace and NH Collection Doelen.

NH Collection Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky – Iconic venue on ‘the Dam’

The NH Collection’s flagship hotel in The Netherlands is undoubtedly the renowned NH Collection Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky.

After two years of re-construction the hotel radiates its grandeur more than ever. The hotel was built 150 years ago by A.W. Krasnapolsky, a Polish entrepreneur who started the empire as proprietor of a coffee house. Krasnapolsky was well known for his innovative entrepreneurship: he was the first hotelier who integrated bathrooms into hotel rooms and who came up with the concept of room service. Thank you, Mr. Krasnapolsky!

Today NH Collection Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky tells 55 buildings with 451 rooms and suites including a Royal and Presidential Suite. For meeting planners, the hotel offers 2200m2/23.680ft2 state-of-the-art meeting- and event space with enough room for up to 1500 attendees. Most notably: the hotel’s exceptional Winter Garden, which also serves as breakfast area.

In February 2016, NH Collection Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky was named ‘Best Meeting- and Event Location in The Netherlands’ by the National Meeting Award.

Address:
Dam 9
1012 JS Amsterdam
The Netherlands

See NH Collection Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky on Google maps

Telephone: +31 (0) 20 554 9111
E-Mail: nhcollectionkrasnapolsky@nh-hotels.com

NH Collection Barbizon Palace – focus on gastronomy

NH Collection Barbizon Palace is superbly located in a beautiful 17th century building across from Amsterdam’s Central Station. The building alone would be worth a visit. Add the NH Collection concept and you probably won’t want to leave again.

NH Collection Barbizon Palace offers 12 meeting rooms for up to 330 attendees in theatre-style setting. The most unique (events) feature of NH Collection Barbizon Palace is without a doubt the stunning St Olof’s Chapel, which dates back to the 15th century. The hotel and chapel are connected via an underground passage. St Olof’s Chapel is arguably one of the most enchanting meeting- and event locations available in Amsterdam.

Until April 30, the chapel was home to pop-up restaurant Roomservice at Olof’s. The ‘flexitarian’ restaurant put vegetables in the spotlight and was built with the old interiors of the NH Collection Barbizon Palace. Another impressive showpiece at the hotel is the Michelin-starred Restaurant Vermeer, where Chef Chris Naylor will surprise you with his extraordinary creations. Vermeer will re-open in the beginning of June 2016.

Address:
Prins Hendrikkade 59-72
1012 AD Amsterdam
The Netherlands

See NH Collection Barbizon Palace on Google maps

Telephone: +31 (0)20 556 4564
E-mail: nhcollectionbarbizonpalace@nh-hotels.com

NH Collection Doelen – Where Rembrandt, Empress Sissi and The Beatles gathered

Located in a building that dates back to the 15th century, NH Collection Doelen is the oldest hotel in Amsterdam. So it comes as no surprise that the hotel has a rich and fascinating history. For example, painter Rembrandt van Rijn was asked to paint his world renowned ‘De Nachtwacht’ (The Night Watch) in 1642 to be exhibited in the building. Up until today the hotel’s Rembrandt suite is an ode to the painting, which in fact hung at the suite’s wall. In the 19th century, Empress Elisabeth of Austria, better known as Empress Sissi, was a regular at NH Collection Doelen. And in 1964 the Beatles stayed at the hotel while performing their only show in The Netherlands.

NH Collection Amsterdam Doelen offers 81 newly renovated boutique-style rooms, with modern design and traditional characteristics. Meeting space is available for up to 220 attendees. The hotel is located on the banks of the Amstel river and even has a private boat landing.

Another unique feature of NH Collection Amsterdam Doelen: Restaurant Swych. Executive chef Rudolf Brand (former sous-chef of NH Collection Barbizon Palace’s 1* Michelin Restaurant Vermeer) offers guests a menu where vegetables and herbs play the centre role. But no worries if you are not vegetarian. Meat and fish can be ordered as side-dish.

Address:
Nieuwe Doelenstraat 26
1012 CP Amsterdam
The Netherlands

See NH Collection Doelen on Google maps

Telephone: +31 (0)20 554 0600
E-mail: nhcollectiondoelen@nh-hotels.com

Experience the NH Collection Hotels Amsterdam in 360˚

Tip: click on the up/down/left/right button in the top left corner of the video to experience the hotels from all angles. It’s pretty amazing!

Ready to feel the extraordinary?

The teams at NH Collection Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, NH Collection Barbizon Palace and NH Collection Doelen look forward to welcoming you and making your event or business stay extraordinary. Download the NH Collection Hotels Amsterdam brochure to find out even more about the three stunning NH Collection Amsterdam venues.

cover page NH Collection Hotels Amsterdam brochure

Why The Hague should be on your meeting destination shortlist

In the Netherlands, when referring to The Hague, we often sing ‘Oh oh The Hague, beautiful city, behind the dunes.’ How true that is! But The Hague is so much more than a beach resort and government city. Let’s have a closer look and find out why The Hague should definitely be on your meeting destination shortlist.

Oh wait..! Are you going to IMEX Frankfurt 2015? Then the local convention bureau has a cool competition for you!

exterior of the Peace Palace in The Hague

To start of let’s have a look at the video about The Hague as a convention destination. It gives you all the facts and figures you need in just 2 minutes.


Welcome to the hometown of our Royal Family!

The Hague holds the seat for the Dutch national government, the International Court of Justice and is called home by the Dutch Royal Family. But this is just the tip of the veil why The Hague has an international appeal for meeting planners.

A city with many faces

business men at a reception and dinner at The Harbour Club in ScWith its historical city centre, beautiful harbour, vibrant & quiet beaches and unique seaside marina, The Hague is the essence of Dutch authenticity. Even in winter the beaches of Scheveningen and Kijkduin are a popular place for surfers and kite boarders catching the best waves and winds. All year round you can enjoy the cultural diversity of the city. The many annual festivals, museums and theatres cater to all audiences.

Congress destination

NSS_MississippiOne of Holland’s largest conference centres, the World Forum Convention Center, is situated in the historic heart of The Hague. With a lot of experience in prestigious conferences, such as the Afghanistan Summit in 2009, the Nuclear Security Summit 2014 and Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS) 2015, the entire city is designed to host small to large-scale events. Making The Hague an easy accessible city with 9,000 hotel rooms in international renowned hotel chains. Next to the well-known venues, The Hague cherishes a selection of characteristic and unusual locations. Great for the corporations and meeting planners that look for something one of a kind and outside the box. Who could say they had a meeting in a Fokker Terminal?

Specialties

The Hague is home to The Hague Security Delta (HSD), the largest security cluster in Europe. The city has a strong focus on business development, particularly in its key economic sectors: life sciences and health, finance, security, energy and ICT & telecom. Especially in these sectors The Hague has proven to be a great fit as a meeting and conference destination.

Netherlands, Den Haag. Binnenhof en Hofvijver

Win a Golden Bike during #IMEX15!
The Hague golden bike IMEXVisit the dedicated team and award-winning team of The Hague Convention Bureau during IMEX Frankfurt at the Holland booth (E100), drop your business card and have a chance to win a golden bike! There is no better way to explore this beautiful city! Will I see you there?

For more information go to www.visitthehague.com.

Dutch meeting and hotel venues that will open in 2015

Holland is a popular destination for leisure and business reasons. With the increasing demand new venues start to open their doors. I’ve made a list of venues, hotels, conference destinations that are planned for this year.

hotel

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

Rotterdam
Hotel WINGS Rotterdam Airport

Groningen
Apollo hotel & resort

Eindhoven
Intercity Hotel Eindhoven

Leiden
Van der Valk Hotel Sassenheim Leiden

Design an event in Holland and watch your dreams come true!

Say goodbye to sleepless nights searching for perfect destinations. Holland has all the ingredients dreams are made of for professional event managers.

dreaming of holland

For a small northern European country, roughly the size of the American state of Delaware, the Netherlands is full of inspiration, style and international allure. With our world-renowned museums, state-of-the-art modern venues and our range of international cuisines we are a country for everyone’s flavour. Whatever kind of scenario you might be dreaming of, Holland can provide both the means and the expertise for you to design your perfect event.

ACCESSIBILITY
Are you seeking a location that’s both accessible and central, on a global scale? We’re easy to reach via Amsterdam’s Schiphol International Airport, one of the largest and most efficient airports in the world. High-speed rail lines connect us to a variety of European neighbouring countries, while cruise ships make frequent visits to the ports of Rotterdam and Amsterdam.

CULTURE
Holland’s culture is rich and diverse. Have your pick: the traditional Dutch Masters of painting or modern day recognisable simplified Dutch interior design. And don’t forget our influence to today’s dance music and fashion. Sail along traditional windmills or try some winter skating on natural ice. And once you work up an appetite, enjoy the taste of world-class, Michelin star restaurants across the country.

VENUES
While learning to control water coming from the sea and rivers, we’ve also learned a thing or two about constructing. Many of our 17th century architectural gems now boast every modern convenience you could ever desire. Still, architectural masterpieces such as our gleaming Eye Film Institute, the new jewel of Amsterdam’s harbour, continues to fascinate every visitor. From intimate countryside hotels, to metropolitan city meeting spaces and convention centres, we can cater every need. No problems – straight from your worst nightmare. Only tailor made, dream solutions.

COMPACT
We use our small size to our best advantage. We’re easy to get around via highways, rail lines and canals, since Holland is only 300 km in length and 200 km wide. This means the travelling distance from Amsterdam to Utrecht is only 30 minutes, Rotterdam 45 and Groningen, all the way in the north, still less than two hours. Because we are small, we have to think smart. Therefore, almost everyone speaks fluently English.

We’ll be at the Holland Meeting Point (Stand F30) at EIBTM Barcelona. We invite you to personally meet our friendly Dream Team of event planners to find out exactly why Holland is such a dreamy destination. On the stand you’ll find representatives from Regional Convention Bureaus, Destination Management Companies, Convention Centres, Hotel Chains, Individual Hotels, Special Venues and Travel Solutions. Myself, and the rest of the Dutch partners, look forward to meet you!

Holland, your dream destination

According to Forbes event planner is one of the most stressful jobs in the world in 2014. According to the Dutch: it doesn’t have to be!

When is the last time you lay wide awake at night? Stressing about finding that perfect destination that has inspirational venues, style and easy access. Holland offers exactly what you dream of as a professional event manager:

  • Cities with international allure and great heritage: such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Groningen and Utrecht.
  • Countless options in small to large venues and hotels.
  • World renowned museums, ground breaking architecture and rich culture.
  • Easy accessibility thanks to Amsterdam International Airport and small distances.
  • The average Dutch person speaks fluent English and is very punctual.

Let’s start #DreamingofHolland!

dreaming of holland

Win a dream trip to Holland during IMEX Las Vegas

At the Holland booth #2216 you’ll discover why Holland is your next dream destination. We will make sure your meeting is a succes, so your rest is assured too -collect your limited edition Holland head in the cloud neck cushion.. Have your dream picture taken at the Holland booth, share it on Facebook and collect as many likes as you can. It might win you a dream trip to Holland! See you at #IMEX14!