New in Holland: First-class meeting in a soccer stadium

Today’s soccer stadiums are no longer restricted to football. A good example of this is the new Euroborg Stadium in Groningen. On non-soccer days it is the perfect place for meetings, conferences and events.

In addition to large rooms that can accommodate up to 1500 guests combined, it is a surprising experience to gather with a small group for a meeting in the vast stadium. The skyboxes are exclusive rooms for your meeting with a beautiful view of the turf! If you are looking for a meeting break, consider a tour of the FC Groningen stadium, a memorable behind the scenes experience.

Check for more info: www.euroborghoreca.nl

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New in Holland: Everything is fashion at Hotel Modez

The unique Hotel Modez opened recently in the city of Arnhem, in the eastern part of Holland. The name is a fusion of MOde (Fashion), Design, and ArtEZ (the Arnhem Art Academy). The renowned illustrator Piet Paris, along with over thirty fashion designers, created the concept and design.

The hotel is situated in the Arnhem fashion quarter – a revitalization of a historic district – and the rooms exude fashion. In the breakfast room you can virtually feel the couturier at work in his office. The elevator is a mini fashion museum that takes you up along fashion photography and illustrations at each floor. Many of the 20 rooms are named after couturiers and designers who came up with surprising concepts that characterize their style.

Check for more info: www.hotelmodez.com

New in Holland: Five centuries of history at Prinsenhof Groningen

Friars and princes went before you in the Prinsenhof, a beautifully restored church from the early 15th century. The historic grandeur has been restored, and is combined with all modern conveniences to create this newest gem in the heart of the city of Groningen.

The entire staff is ready to ensure the success of your business meeting from 10 to 300 people, or your private dinner. The Garden Room is one of the nicest rooms, overlooking the beautiful Prinsentuin garden. The Vaults Cellar is the place for a drink after your meeting.

Check for more info www.prinsenhof-groningen.nl

My 3 favourite events at the Olympics in #London2012 : what are yours?

At this moment we are entering the 2nd week of the Olympic Games in London. I am having a great time watching it on TV and following the hash-tag #London12. While following the stream, I started browsing the programme and asked myself: what would have been my ‘must attend’ events if I could have been there?

These are my top 3 picks. Please let me know what your favourite sports and events are, were or would have been!

1. All sporting events with Dutch athletes

Just like our royal family, I would spend a lot of time cheering for our Dutch atheletes at the olympics. But I would also look at the games from a professional perspective. Because our country has a dream…

It hopes to once again host the Olympic Games and Paralympics.

Way back in 1928, we hosted the Olympic Games in Amsterdam. It was an unforgettable event for the thousands of participating athletes and masses of supporters. The organisation of the event gave a huge boost to Dutch sport, sport infrastructure, architecture and society.

The power of the Olympics provides strong inspiration for the Dutch nation, which is pursuing this dream of organising the 2028 Olympic Games in the Netherlands. But more importantly, the Dutch sport world is working hard together with a whole range of partners to achieve an even bigger objective, namely to use sport as a tool to raise Dutch society to a higher level.

2. Our ‘home-away-from-home’: the Holland Heineken House at Alexandra palace

Holland Heineken House is the traditional meeting place for the various echelons of the Dutch sports world during the Olympic Games. It is the official, national house of the Netherlands where NOC*NSF (Netherlands Olympic Committee) is the host and where Heineken facilitates and organises the venue. Holland Heineken House started during Barcelona 1992 and London 2012 will be the 11th edition in a row, which means we will be celebrating our 20th anniversary!

The Holland Heineken House is based in Alexandra Palace in North London during the Olympic Summer Games of 2012. In addition to a large hall where the medal ceremonies for Dutch athletes and performances will take place, there will also be various shops, cafes and restaurants, reception rooms for sponsors, athlete facilities, media facilities, an information desk and facilities for NOC*NSF. There will also be a wide variety of things to see and do for visitors during the day. The opening and closing ceremony will be shown on screen at the Holland Heineken House, as well as all the relevant sports events.

3. Sail Royal Greenwich as part of the Peninsula Festival activities

The Peninsula Festival is a unique celebration of music, culture and international business at London’s most spectacular locations, Greenwich Peninsula. Organized by a team of Dutchmen, Peninsula Festival will host a series of concerts, entertainment, events and provide business related hospitality and activities.

Sail Royal Greenwich programmes offer 15 spectacular and specially selected Tall Ships that will grace the Thames. Starting with a Parade into London on the 25th of July 2012 and then twice daily trips of the 15 Tall Ships at lunch and dinner for networking, corporate hospitality, brand launches and conferences until the 12th of August 2012. This is a creative, carefully designed and unique event for London. There are many more opportunities for full and varied multi-day corporate programmes.

What is your favourite pick?

Would love to hear in the comments if you agree or disagree with my favourites. Or please add your own personal favourite too!

Top 10 activities after a meeting in Holland

Last week I’ve shared some tips and ideas with you on Twitter about activities to undertake after a meeting in Holland. As you may know, Holland is one of the most diverse places in the world, so there is a lot fun stuff to do in our little country. Here’s some ideas:



Flower Fields

Flower park de Keukenhof is very beautiful. What you should definitely do is taking a bike tour around it. This way you can discover the Netherlands differently then just walking by the flowers in the park. And above all: it’s so much more beautiful to see those grand fields of tulips! Impressive really.

Canals of Utrecht

Want to experience a typically Dutch trip? Take a boat tour on the Utrecht canals! The Utrecht canals are even more special than the ones in Amsterdam. You can moor to the restaurants next to the canals. The floor and water levels areeven, so you can easily hop out when you see one you like. It’s really special!  And don’t forget: Utrecht is one of the ‘bizarrely under-visited’ towns according to Lonely Planet.  If you want to make it really special after a meeting you can plan a BBQ boat.

Visit the Amsterdam Brewery

Taste an exclusively Amsterdam made beer at Brewery ‘t IJ. This brewery is beautiful spot to bond with your colleagues. On the Amstel waterside terrace you can enjoy a homemade beer. Trust me: this is what most Dutchies also love to do! I love to hang out there for a Friday afternoon drink

Ice Bar Cocktails

Make your own cocktail in the one and only Ice Bar in the Netherlands, located in Amsterdam. It’s fun to do with your colleagues and good for bonding as well. Drink the cocktail you made yourself. Brilliant and a unique activity!

GPS Quest

How to discover the Dutch town where your meeting takes place? A GPS quest is a different, quirky way to do this! You get a lot of questions to discover the history and modern facts about the town you’re visiting.

The Dutch beaches

The whole West coast of Holland is covered in nice beaches. It’s an absolute delight to watch the sunset on the beach with a Heineken beer. Look at the best beach clubs around Noordwijk.

Ballooning

The Netherlands is a small country. Imagine you can see the Netherlands from above! Ballooning has become very popular in Groningen.

Dinner high and above at Euromast

Ever eaten at a height of 96 meters? This is an experience you’ll have once in a lifetime! Have dinner with a spectacular view of Rotterdam. Take a look at our city of blinding lights!

Visit a cinema

Most English movies aren’t dubbed in the Dutch movie theaters. It’s an excellent trip for after your meeting. Amsterdam cinemas.

Restaurants in Maastricht

In Maastricht you have a lot of restaurants with tasty local food. When I’m in a bit of a run, I like to dine in Maastricht, as it’s easy to find out where I can dine in 90 minutes!

Want to read more about Dutch traditional activities? Read our blog: Best traditional places to visit in Holland