• How to ensure a happy sponsor

    How to ensure a happy sponsor

    How can you, as a conference organiser, help your sponsor to get as much return as possible on his investment? Conference Holland gives nine tips for a successful conference for the organiser, the participants and the sponsor.

  • Interrupt the ordinary

    Interrupt the ordinary

    A good meeting designer goes through the entire process of an event, just as its target groups also do, contends Experience Architect, Greg Bogue. Essential for the success of the meeting is that, occasionally, you interrupt the ordinary.

  • Music provides motivation and solidarity

    Music provides motivation and solidarity

    Music is an essential component in any serious conference programme. Scientific research has shown that music activates certain areas of the brain and provides a feeling of fellowship.

Dutch conference news

NBTC Holland Marketing destination partner for Rendezvous at ibtm world

Ibtm world  has announced a partnership with Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Foundation and NBTC Holland Marketing, which will launch Rendezvous – the foundation’s signature networking and fundraising event – at the show this year.  In addition, Rendezvous will also be part of the show programme for ibtm world 2017 and ibtm latin america 2017.

Site visits to Maastricht day before EventSummit

On October 10th – the day before EventSummit – a site visit programme is being organized in the Maastricht region. EventSummit is a new trade show for the Eurregion of Netherland, Belgium and Germany, that offers 90 exhibitors, whose products and services can help improve the quality of events. In addition, there are extensive and inspiring seminars.

The Hague and Rotterdam win C&IT Award

The Hague and Rotterdam were named Best Short-Haul destination by the Conference & Incentives Travel magazine at the award ceremony which took place last Saturday at Hilton on Park Lane in London, UK.

Network of multimedia devices with automatic camera registration

During the past half year of 2016 five extensive meetings took place in The Hague. Jacot hosted the audio-visual equipment and technical infrastructure during the meetings and recommended several high-tech solutions. One of these solutions is a custom-made network of multimedia devices with automatic camera registration.

A first for the Netherlands: MOXY Hotel

Two new hotels will be constructed on the Danzigerkade in the Houthavens area of Amsterdam. First is a trendy MOXY, the new hotel brand of Marriott International, and second, a Residence Inn by Marriott, a hotel brand originating from the United States of America. MOXY is a bold, trendy hotel concept that focusses on Generation X and Y. Residence Inn is an Extended Stay hotel that focusses on guests who plan to stay in the city for a longer period of time.

Steigenberger introduces its Green Meeting programme across Europe

The Steigenberger Hotel Group is expanding its Green Meeting project to cover the whole of Europe. 13 pilot hotels have been involved thus far, but now all conference services will switch to the sustainable Green Meeting model with immediate effect. This will enable hotel guests throughout the continent to stage meetings which are carbon neutral and therefore particularly environmentally friendly.

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  • ‘The safety of delegates becomes increasingly important’

    ‘The safety of delegates becomes increasingly important’

    Because of her father’s job, she relocated to new countries every two years. Friendship brought her to Amsterdam, where she got a temporary job in the ESOMAR events team. There, she realised that she could live in one place and have a job which would enable her to see the world. Now, 19 years later, Rhiannon Bryant is the Senior Manager of the global event team of ESOMAR.

  • ‘We want more money to go into the society to fund our projects’

    ‘We want more money to go into the society to fund our projects’

    No frills, but technically perfect and with a high standard of service. Under this motto, Congress Manager Patricia de Bont has been organising the annual congress of the European Association of Urology for the past seventeen years.

  • ‘I always have a practical view of affairs’

    ‘I always have a practical view of affairs’

    Iris Allebrandi, with an eye for detail and a practical perspective, is working on developing and streamlining the organisation of the congresses and meetings organised by the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology. It is the logical next step from professionalising the ECNP Office’s Congresses & Meetings department, which she provided the groundwork for nine years ago, as a former PCO.

According to Soons

Trouble in the meeting room

How a layout determined the success of the reception of asylum seekers.

How do you develop a conference?

Most associations organise their conferences in the same way. There is a scientific or conference committee that is responsible for the programme. It is given or chooses a topic and focuses rather quickly on scientists as potential speakers, selected, or not, after a request for abstracts or proposals. One rarely thinks about other stakeholders. Thus, at medical conferences, you rarely see practical or visionary contributions from patients, nurses, insurers, hospital administrators, process developers, lawyers or policy makers. They are not only not there as speakers, but also not in interviews, brainstorming sessions, panel discussions, duo presentations, workshops or debates. One