The Meetings Show 2016 recap – the UK’s got talent!

The Meetings Show may be a bit smaller in size than the other established international meetings and event trade shows, but maybe that is exactly why Team Holland loves the event so much. As a small country with lots to offer we can certainly relate! So no surprise that Team Holland had a lovely time twisting the trade floor at the Meetings Show UK once again.

Team Holland at The Meetings Show UK 2016

Team Holland at The Meetings Show UK 2016

The Orange Twist – the UK’s got talent!

Well, to be fair, not only the UK has got talent. All event professionals at The Meetings Show 2016 showed a great deal of talent with the #OrangeTwist. And since in this case pictures say much more than my words, just have a look yourself:

 

Win a trip to Holland

Did we get a twisted photo together at The Meetings Show 2016? Then head over to my Facebook page to tag, like and share your photo.

‘And what’s in it for me?’ I hear you ask. Quite a bit actually! If our Orange Twist photo gets the most likes you will win a fantastic 4-day trip for 2 to Holland*. The trip includes:

in Amsterdam:
– 1 night at Park Plaza Hotel Amsterdam, incl. breakfast
– 2 IAmsterdam City Cards (24 hours)
– lunch incl guided tour at Beurs van Berlage Amsterdam
– lunch incl guided tour at RAI Amsterdam

in The Hague:
– 2 nights at Crowne Plaza Hotel The Hague, incl. breakfast
– 1,5 hours The Hague city tour with a The Hague Convention Bureau city guide
– lunch at one of The Hague’s top restaurants offered to you by Kuoni Destination Management

And a round-trip flight for two, of course.

Update: Michal’s Orange Twist was unbeatable and he is the lucky winner of the trip to Holland. Congratulations, Michal!

TMS16 Orange Twist winner Michal

The Meetings Show UK 2016 – a lovely experience all around

The thing I love most about a smaller trade show is that there is just a bit more time to network and (re)connect with new and old friends. And the Meetings Show is no exception. Just take a look at some of the great moments Team Holland and I shared with event professionals from all over the world:

Where you can meet Team Holland in 2016

If you weren’t able to meet Team Holland at The Meetings Show UK, no need to worry. In 2016 you can still meet us at IMEX America in Las Vegas and IBTM World in Barcelona. Hope to see you there!

And if you would like to find out more about the Orange Twist, feel free to visit my website www.meetmrholland.com.

*Terms & conditions apply

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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!

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!