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Dear Reader,

I am happy to present you the 3rd edition of this year’s NBTC Digital Newsletter.

This quarterly newsletter aims to inform you but foremost to offer you a fresh view on The Netherlands – from meeting & convention related news to inspiring tips & ideas that may be useful businesswise but alternatively also on a private occasion.

Reactions, suggestions or comments are always welcome.
We wish you an inspirational read,

An Van de Steen
NBTC Belgium
avandesteen@holland.com


TRAVEL REPORTS
- Discover Groningen & The Dutch West-Frisian Islands
- NBTC Showcase 2009

NEWS FROM THE NETHERLANDS
- Fully Renovated - Crowne Plaza – Amsterdam City Center
- Opening Grand Hotel & Wellness ‘t Veerse Duin
- Golden Green Key certificates Camille Oostwegel Château Hotels
- Maastricht most attractive city for business meetings
- Maastricht: New face in town: Townhouse Hotel
- Rotterdam Beurs – World Trade Center completes renovation master plan!

COMING UP SOON
- Delicacies from Zeeland
- An Exclusive autumn break in The Hague
- NH launches MICE campaign
- I Amsterdam MICExperience 2010 Connecting Meeting Planners & Partners

- Rotterdam - Re-opening Wereldmuseum

TIPS & IDEAS
- Culinary Cruising in Zeeland

TRAVEL REPORTS

Discover Groningen & The Dutch West-Frisian Islands

From August 21 to 23, Groningen Congres Bureau organized in collaboration with NBTC Belgium a discovery weekend of the Northern part of The Netherlands. On the agenda: Groningen and the Dutch West-Frisian Islands.



Groningen may not be the ‘top of mind destination’ when it comes to meetings or conventions but this historical city in the North does have an interesting mix of attractive features. There is a wide range of convention, meeting and congress facilities available, all of them located in or in the immediate vicinity of the city center. Combine this with the cozy cultural atmosphere of a university town and this compact city becomes a very attractive business destination.

With around 3400 hotel beds, Groningen can host intermediate to quite large conventions and congresses. Access is equally easy in Groningen: there is a train connection every 30 min directly from Schiphol airport. The national airport of Groningen has a daily connection with Rotterdam but is also able to take larger chartered carriers e.g. when flying in congress delegates and wanting to avoid hectic Schiphol.

And last but certainly not least as a plus: a professional conference organizer as the Groningen Congress Bureau with the necessary experience to guide and support you with every detail.

On the other hand…

The Dutch West-Frisian Islands: situated in the northern part of the Netherlands, a little over an hour from Amsterdam, easy to reach, with wonderful nature and a very typical atmosphere are a well-liked destination by Dutch companies. Corporates frequently organise short, active team buildings or hold inspiring meetings there. The destination turns out to be like a secret gem...well kept within ‘Holland’ boarders. Very few Belgian organisers ever set foot on the islands, so we noted.

Frisse Wind, our generous host during our stay, definitely made a change there!
As professional DMC specialised in organising company events, relation events, trainings, conferences, seminars, incentives, management gatherings and all kind of other group events on the 5 West Frisian Islands (Texel, Vlieland, Terschelling, Ameland and Schiermonnikoog) Peter and Karin gave our Belgian planners a perfect glance of the possibilities of Terschelling island.

Frisse Wind (founded in 1992) offers made-to-measure service and takes care of the complete picture: trip, contents, accommodation, catering, program, support, invitation guidance and every other detail. Frisse Wind is by now a well known name in the Netherlands, the bureau works with many companies and other organisations from the entire country. Frisse Wind executes approximately 500 projects every year.

Tempted for more details on Groningen? Please contact Jaap Westerhuijs
+31 50 316 88 77 / info@groningencongresbureau.nl / www.groningencongresbureau.nl

Interested in some exploring of the ‘Wadden’? Contact Peter Miedema or Karin Stam
+ 31 562 448108 / info@frissewind.com / www.frissewind.com





NBTC Showcase 2009
Mark your calendar for the Holland Showcase December!

On 4 & 5 September, 20 international meetingplanners and 5 journalists participated in the Holland Showcase in Noordwijk, Rotterdam and Maastricht. Besides giving an insight into Dutch hospitality and Dutch meeting destinations the two-day programme offered workshops, site inspections and (in-)formal network possibilities. Pictures from this successful Showcase can be found in our Showcase image gallery.

Holland Showcase December
Did you miss this opportunity to meet Dutch MICE suppliers, enjoy Dutch hospitality and catch up with your MICE colleagues? Then make sure to register for the next Holland Showcase in December, as a post tour of the EIBTM in Barcelona. During this second Showcase of 2009 the cities of The Hague, Utrecht and Amsterdam will be in the spotlight:

4 & 5 December 2009
Friday, Dec. 4th: The Hague
Saturday, Dec. 5th: Utrecht or Amsterdam

More information and registration
Visit www.holland.com/showcases to learn more about the programmes & cities and register today!

NEWS FROM THE NETHERLANDS

Fully Renovated - Crowne Plaza – Amsterdam City Center



On the 24th of September 2009 the Crowne Plaza Amsterdam City Centre will open her doors again after a full renovation!
The hotel boasts 5 meeting rooms and 2 board rooms, with a maximum capacity of 270 delegates. Furthermore, the new concept Eat Well. Work Well. has been introduced.
New delicious, refreshing menus have been designed in order to keep you healthy and full of energy during a meeting.
The modern hotel rooms offer relaxation and comfort, so you can work optimal and enjoy a good night’s sleep.
Restaurant New Dorrius has a funky look with a fresh feeling: ideal for a healthy breakfast in the morning, a light lunch or a relaxing diner or simply to enjoy a good glass of wine of a delicious cocktail.

For more information, please contact one of the Crowne Meeting Directors via amsnl.meetings@ihg.com
or by calling +31 20-521 1864.
www.amsterdam-citycentre.crowneplaza.com


OPENING
Grand Hotel & Wellness ‘t Veerse Duin

The first 4-star plus hotel in Zeeland, Grand Hotel & Wellness ‘t Veerse Duin, will open its doors in Spring 2010. A completely new project, situated by the Dutch coast, ideally located between The North Sea, Oosterschelde and Veerse Meer.

The hotel, situated within walking distance of the beach, will offer 55 luxury 2- and 3- bedroom apartments and 24 splendid hotel suites.
Besides deluxe accommodation, the hotel will also propose 2 state of the art meeting rooms, with facilities such as flat screen television, wireless internet and beamer.
Most impressive and unique feature of the hotel however will undoubtedly be the grand wellness. The wellness facilities will be accessible to both hotel guests and outside clientele such as day visitors, clubs and companies.

Grand Hotel & Wellness will be a unique place where business and pleasure are well balanced & combined.

For more information, please contact Anneke Slabber
+31 612088239 / anneke@hotelbosenduin.nl / www.veerseduin.nl

Golden Green Key certificates
Camillie Oostwegel Château Hotels

This Summer, the four Camille Oostwegel Château Hotels were awarded with a Golden Green Key certificate. This is the highest level of this international eco-label in the field of environmental protection.

Green Key
The Green Key® is a worldwide available eco-label awarded to leisure organisations, as hotels, youth hostels, conference- and holiday centres.
To obtain The Green Key one has to fulfill a list of environmental requirements which are contained in a number of criteria. Besides environmental requirements (e.g. to control the production of waste and the use of water, electricity, etc.), the criteria include requirements on policy, action plans, education and communication. Onsite checks are performed regularly on all Green Key owners.
Obtaining The Green Key marks the sense of responsibility an organisation has for its surroundings and society. The number of measures determine the level of the Green Key: bronze, silver or gold. Investigations have revealed that Green Key businesses use up to 20% less electricity, 25% less energy for heating, and 27% less water per guest.

Gold for Camille Oostwegel Château Hotels
ZooHotel Brughof, WinselerHof, Château St. Gerlach and Kruisherenhotel Maastricht, all received a golden certificate. Each hotel appointed a Green Key coordinator who is responsible for monitoring and improving environmental consciousness. The use of local ingredients and home grown produce, the environmental conscious purchase policy and transportation management awarded Camille Oostwegel Château Hotels the prestigious golden level certificates.

For more information, please consult www.chateauhotels.nl or www.green-key.org



Maastricht
Most attractive city for business meetings

Biennial research of the NBTC*-NIPO Research, proves Maastricht to have the best image as city destination for organised business meetings. Additionally, it has shown that Maastricht is the most attractive city for an organised business meeting (55%).

Almost 5 million national business trips in 2008
In 2008, approximately 1,2 million Dutch have had a business trip in their own country, The Netherlands. In total, they made almost 5 million trips in their country with one or more overnight stays. Compared to the results from the last research two years ago, this is an increase of more than 2%. Recent NBTC-NIPO research of the multiple day national business travel market has demonstrated this.

Maastricht most attractive city
The biennial NBTC-NIPO Research proves Maastricht to have the best image as a city destination for organised business meetings. Second is Utrecht, followed by The Hague and Amsterdam. Additionally, the research shows Maastricht is the most attractive city for an organised business meeting (55%). Next are Amsterdam (54 %) and Utrecht (53 %), followed by Den Bosch (49 %) and The Hague (47 %).

Next to the cities, NBTC-NIPO Research has researched provinces and municipalities. As a province, Noord-Holland is the most important destination for national business trips (almost 790,000). Though Maastricht is the most attractive city, of all the Dutch municipalities, Amsterdam has the largest share of multiple days national business trips (over 260,000).

Spendings national business trips segment 1,34 billion euro’s
In 2008, almost 5 million national business trips were made, of which in more than 80% with overnight stay in (mostly) a hotel. The Dutch had in total 10,45 million business overnight stays in their own country. In average, they spend 270 euro’s per person per business trip, making the total spending almost 1,34 billion euro’s.

Maastricht Convention Bureau
With its products, services and expertise for many years, the Maastricht Convention Bureau is the intermediary to promote convention and meeting visits to Maastricht and surroundings. The goal of the MCB is to make a structural contribution to the economical development of Maastricht and surroundings. The MCB office is situated in the historical Dinghuis building in Maastricht, where the Maastricht Tourist Board is located as well.

For more information, please consult www.maastrichtconventionbureau.com

Maastricht
New face in town: Townhouse Hotel


The new face in town is the Townhouse Hotel Maastricht, one of the properties of the La Bergère Group, a new and innovative hotel concept in the heart of Maastricht. This design hotel meets the expectations of today’s and tomorrow’s traveler, and is innovative and creative. Their philosophy is simple; the hotel is your home away from home. You may ask anything and take anything yourself. Townhouse Hotel Maastricht has all the facilities you need, and self-service is the best service.

For more information, please consult www.townhousehotels.nl

Rotterdam
Beurs – World Trade Center completes renovation master plan!

With the opening of the Oscar Auditorium on the 13th of September 2009, Beurs-World Trade Center Rotterdam will gain an even larger diversity in her 37 conference rooms.

Beurs-WTC is a beautiful combination of history and future. For many years, the characteristic former stock market at the Coolsingel in Rotterdam, was intensively used to optimize national and international trade. After years of renovation of the National Monument Beurs-WTC - aiming to restore former glory - the opening of the Oscar Auditorium will serve as the completion of the master plan.

The Oscar Auditorium was one of the two cinemas that the building contained. This former cinema will be an excellent location for congresses, readings and movies.

Both the foyer and the WTC Art Gallery, adjacent to the auditorium, will be extended and will serve as a beautiful direct entrance towards the Oscar Auditorium. The WTC Art Gallery, offering a new arty décor every 6 to 8 weeks, can be perfectly used as a lunch- or reception area combined with a congress in the Oscar Auditorium.

For more information, please contact Willemijn Boudestein
+31 (0)10-4054409 / boudestein@wtcro.nl / www.wtcrotterdam.nl

COMING UP SOON

Delicacies from Zeeland
An Exclusive Autumn Break in The Hague

Every oyster fan knows that the oyster season runs from September till April. Easy to remember you will say: all the months with an ´r´… But did you also know that the French word for oyster, huître is literally the translation of eight ´r´ - huit ´r´?
Oysters may be available year round these days, the harvesting season of the renown flat Zeeland oyster starts in September.

An ideal occasion for Restaurant Inter Scaldes to propose an exclusive lunch arrangement.
Restaurant Inter Scaldes also offers stylish accommodation and provides top class catering on location.

For more information, please contact
+31 113 381753 / info@interscaldes.nl

The Hague launches the first ‘Hotel Month’… 3-, 4- and 5-star properties are taking action against the recession and have proclaimed October as ‘Hotel Month’. The concept is simple: during the month of October hotel rooms in The Hague are being offered at 25 Eur per ‘star’. The initiative was launched Den Haag Marketing and is coordinated by Diningcity.nl, organizer of the national ‘Restaurant Week’ in the Netherlands.

24 hotels within the 3/4/5 star segment are taking part. Among them, renown hotels such as Steigenberger Kurhaus Hotel, Hotel Des Indes and Parkhotel The Hague.

For more information, consult www.haagsehotelmaand.nl

NH launches MICE campaign I AMSTERDAM MICExperience 2010
Connecting Meeting Planners & Partners

Last month, NH Hoteles launched a global campaign that specifically targeted the MICE segment. With early-bird discounts up to 25% on services that clients confirm well in advance, NH is responding to the changing demands from these types of clients.

This campaign is dedicated to more than 100.000 clients of NH Hoteles. All clients are specialized in the MICE market, like travel agencies, DMC’s, PCO’s, Incentive houses as well as corporates and associations.

For more information and for booking requests please contact our Groupdesk
+31 356 299 399 / groups.be@nh-hotels.com.

The I amsterdam MICExperience is a hosted annual net-work event organised by Amsterdam Tourism & Convention Board. The event introduces demand with supply, connecting meeting planners with service providers in the meetings, incentives, conferences and events (MICE) industry. The comprehensive two-day programme includes organised and informal networking events, as well as site inspections that give planners a chance to see Amsterdam's facilities for themselves.

The I amsterdam MICExperience 2010 will be held 21 & 22 January 2010.
Stay tuned, registration will open in October 2009 via www.amsterdamcongress.com

For more information about this event, please contact Annick Goijarts
+31 20 551 25 74
a.goijarts@atcb.nl


Rotterdam
Re-opening Wereldmuseum


The Wereldmuseum will re-open its doors to the public on 9 December 2009. The museum is housed in one of the most authentic monuments of Rotterdam, the Yacht club of Prince Hendrik. As of that date, the Ballroom, the Dr. Elie van Rijckevorsel room and the Theatre will be available for public events. Every room has its own atmosphere, from gentlemen's room to flat-floor theatre to an authentic Ballroom. Meetings or gatherings can be held in the museum for groups from 4 to 650. Combinations with a visit of an exhibition are possible. All catering can be provided in house, from lunch, cocktails or dinner. The renowned cook Cees Helder advises the museum on dishes and products.

For more information, please consult www.wereldmuseum.nl
TIPS & IDEAS
Culture & art, culinary tips and other interesting ideas that we like to share with you.

Culinary Cruising in Zeeland

Looking for an inspiring experience for your guests or clients? Meeting in style on the water?
Board the Motor Yacht ‘De Ruyter’ for an elegant culinary trip on the Zeeland waters.
In collaboration with executive chef Erik van Dalen of CuliVivre (known formerly from restaurant Katseveer and now dedicated to quality catering), Challenge Team Sailing has developed a unique meeting concept ideal for small business meetings, management gatherings or simply for a special private occasion. From 4-hour meetings to overnights on board.

Zeeland is known for its quietness, open space and broad views. But Zeeland is also synonym for a number of culinary delicacies. The culinary cruise offers the best of both: a unique setting for a wonderful gastronomic experience. Whether you opt for flat Zeeland oysters with champagne, a delicious seafood luncheon or a wonderful lobster menu served right over the lobster nets…
The possibilities on board the MY ‘De Ruyter’ are endless.

Hardly ½ hour away from Antwerp and a guaranteed change of horizon!


For more information
, please contact Henriette van Baaren of Challenge Team Sailing
+31 113 27 14 75 / info@challengeteamsailing.nl / www.myderuyter.nl