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Dear Reader,

Everyone is talking green meetings...

and so are the Dutch. Investing in green meetings means innovation and The Netherlands is at the forefront and when it comes to contributing to CO2-neutral business meetings, focussing on corporate social responsibility and sustainability… more and more options are being offered.

For more detailed information please make sure to visit www.holland.com/greenmeetings.

And continuing in the ‘green’ spirit we would like to introduce to you Holland’s probably greenest & healthiest province: Gelderland.

Reactions, suggestions or comments are always welcome.
Wishing you a wonderful ‘green’ Christmas and an inspirational year to come!

An Van de Steen
NBTC Belgium

- Why green meetings?
- Green Key

- Green cities
- Travelling green
- Fresh Dutch Views magazine – the green issue

- Gelderland

- The Hague: TCN transmits management World Forum to GL Events
- Amsterdam: Okura Hotel opens ‘first class’ cooking studio

- Educational
- Networking

- Coaching
- Fun
- Culture
- Gastronomy


Why green meetings?

A green meeting or event incorporates environmental considerations to minimize its negative impact on the environment. So going green is good for the environment, but green meetings also make good business sense. It's not more expensive to go green, in fact it can even save money by conserving resources. And from a marketing point of view green meetings also offer lots of opportunities.
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Green Key

The Green Key is an eco-label for hospitality facilities and the most common and widely accepted green label. It aims to contribute to prevention of climate change and sustainable tourism by awarding and promoting good initiatives. The Green Key aims to change the practices and behaviours of hospitality actors including enterprises, authorities, guests, local communities, and to involve them in increasing their responsibility towards their own environment.
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Green cities

The Dutch conference cities are all about going green. Even though the goal is often the same, all cities have their own approach and projects to become Climate Neutral in the future. Find out how they want to achieve their ambitious goals.
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Green key venues

We have put together an overview of all Dutch conference hotels, convention centres & special venues that have been awarded with the green key:

Travelling green

Travel to and from the Netherlands can be as green as the traveller wants. Besides compensating the CO2 emissions of your flight, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol aims to achieve Climate Neutral operations by 2012 making it increasingly easier to travel 'green' by plane. Railway, the environmentally friendly transportation alternative, takes visitors from surrounding countries to centrally located railway locations in the Netherlands within a few hours.
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Green meetings checklist

Download here a printable list of things you can do to make your meeting or conference greener.
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Fresh Dutch Views magazine – the green issue

The brand new 5th edition of Fresh Dutch Views magazine is all about green. View it online via the link below.
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Holland’s ‘Greenest’ Region

Far less known than the Western part of the country with cities like, Amsterdam, Rotterdam or The Hague, the versatile province of Gelderland, is really an excellent meeting destination.

It is indeed especially Gelderland’s diversity that guarantees successful meetings! The region offers an abundance of natural beauty with the immense Veluwe National Park and with it a wide range of possible activities. On the other hand, Gelderland also offers as well vibrant, exciting cities like Arnhem & Nijmegen. Gelderland boasts professional congress venues and luxurious country estates. Sports facilities are excellent and there are many cultural highlights to be enjoyed.

Gelderland is surprisingly close by, easily accessible and full of opportunities.

Interested in what Gelderland has to offer? We will be happy to provide you with some interesting ideas & venues.
Contact An Van de Steen, +32 2 543 08 15, avandesteen@holland.com


TCN transmits management World Forum to GL Events

As of October 2009 the real estate company TCN has transmitted the management of World Forum, The Hague’s international convention center to GL events. Last Summer, TCN also sold Novotel World Forum Hotel to the Accor hotel group.
Green note: World Forum received the Green Award 2008 at the MICE & Business Travel Fair for its Ethical Program which encourages customers to organizer their events on a climate neutral basis.

For more detailed information on World Forum consult www.worldforum.nl
Or contact Inge Keijsers, +31(0)70 306 64 12, inge.keijsers@worldforum.nl

Okura Hotel opens ‘first class’ cooking studio

The Okura hotel has always been associated with exquisite gastronomy. As of Decembar however you will have the opportunity to prepare the Okura's chefs' dishes yourself... in Okura’s brand new, high-tech cooking studio ‘Taste of Okura’! At this culinary center, the Okura chefs show you how to prepare their dishes. The cooking studio can be hired for private parties and groups. It offers a wide variety of cooking theme’s for every budget and culinary preference.
Green note: Okura Hotel is holder of a Green Key, the international sustainability label. But beyond this, Okura is also highly active in several areas, supporting a number of local social initiatives.

For more information about the Okura hotel, please consult www.okura.nl,
For more information about the cooking studio, +31 (0)20 6787 450, tasteofokura@okura.nl


Rotterdam – The Inspiring City

I Amsterdam MICExperience 2010

A board room meeting with an inspiring view of ships sailing by? A unique brainstorm session between sharks? Modern architecture & culture? An exclusive dinner in a 2 star restaurant? Rotterdam has it all!
Experience the city in an informative way and get to know Rotterdam as a destination for business events, meetings or congresses.

Rotterdam Convention Bureau has the pleasure of inviting you on January 29 & 30, 2010 for this inspiring educational.
The event is reserved for corporate planners, incentive houses & business meeting planners only.

For more information on the famtrip program
For more information on Rotterdam or to register for the educational, please contact Vivi de Regt
+31 (0)10 205 15 00,

I amsterdam MICExperience is a hosted annual net-work event organised by Amsterdam Tourism & Convention Board, held 21 & 22 January 2010. 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.

For registration, please visit www.iamsterdam.com/meetings
For additional information,
please contact Annick Goijarts
+31 (0)20 551 25 74

Culture & art, culinary tips and other interesting ideas that we like to share with you.

Span of Control at the Glass House

Het Glazen Huis, literally The Glass House (meaning greenhouse) is an experienced training and coaching centre; a remarkable place where trainings, events and meetings are offered an extra dimension. Its unique location, in the heart of the green & rural Veluwe region and the casual atmosphere, makes people feel at ease instantly.

Het Glazen Huis is also the initiator of a series of remarkable training concepts such as the ‘Span of Control’ where the authentic behaviour of horses is used as an instrument for leadership trainings. On a professional level, managers are constantly steering, pulling strings… here, being asked to literally steer horses and carriage themselves, their conduct, their actions and reactions will be closely observed and analysed. A truly enriching experience!

For more information on the location or the activities of Het Glazen Huis, consult www.glazenhuis.nl
Or contact Sam Verwaij +31 (0)55 3011082, info@glazenhuis.nl

Classic Car Rally with Burton Events

Looking for a fun activity during your next meeting or teambuilding in The Netherlands?
Why not take a tour around Holland’s rural areas… Burton Events offers organized & tailor-made rally’s in stylish classic-type cars. The cars, in fact built on a Citroën 2CV frame, look like real classic old-timers and are a great way to discover the Dutch country side.

For more information, consult www.burtonevents.nl
Or contact Marc Welling +31 (0)75 64 20 444, info@burtonevents.nl

Hermitage: Pioneers of Modern Art - from Matisse to Malevich

From March 6 to September 17, 2010, top artworks of Matisse, Picasso, Malevich, Kandisky together with a number of painters from the same era will be exhibited at the Hermitage Amsterdam. More than 75 paintings selected from the impressive French collection of the Hermitage St Petersburg will be temporarily brought over to Amsterdam. The exhibition will highlight the origin of the modern art movement as well as the spirit of the artists on the edge of this artistic revolution at the beginning of last century.

The Hermitage Amsterdam also houses a number of contemporary meeting rooms and an excellent restaurant for either luncheon or dinner.

For more information, please visit www.hermitage.nl

Disclosure of the new Michelin guide NL

The illustrious Michelin star ratings for 2010 have just been presented in The Netherlands. Undoubtedly one of the most exciting moments of the year for many a restaurant! This year no big surprises… Both Restaurant Librije and Restaurant Oud Sluis keep their top positions with 3 stars. One climber from 1 to 2 stars and 11 new stars on the Dutch culinary horizon. This brings the total number of star rated restaurants in The Netherlands to 91!