Amsterdam Meeting and Incentives Guide

 The Ultimate Amsterdam Meetings and Incentives Guide

– All you need for a successful event –

Amsterdam is, without a doubt, one of the most exciting cities of Europe for your corporate event. The multicultural and free atmosphere is unique and the historical and cultural heritage splendid.

We have put together the ultimate Amsterdam MICE guide (Meeting, Incentives, Conference and Events), containing everything you need for a successful conference, gala dinner or corporate event in Amsterdam.

Click on the links for more info about venues and activities.

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 Meeting Venues

Eye Film Center

Eye Film Center

Meeting and Event venues in Amsterdam

For 20 attendees: Eye Film Center

For 50 attendees
: Rosarium

For 100 attendees: Science Center NEMO

For 200 attendees
: Mövenpick Hotel

For  500 attendees
: Beurs Van Berlage

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 Hotels

Hotel Okura

Hotel Okura

Conference Hotels in Amsterdam

1)
 Park Hotel
Reason: 
Great location – museums and main shopping area only within a few minutes walk.

2) 
Andaz Hotel
Reason: 
Charming boutique hotel on one of the canals of Amsterdam. Great location and design.

3)
 Hotel Okura
Reason:  
Excellent 5 star hotel with outstanding restaurants. One of the best congress and meeting centers in Amsterdam

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Restaurants

Silveren Spiegel

Silveren Spiegel

Restaurants in Amsterdam

1)
 Haesje Claes
Reason: 
Typical Dutch cuisine in the very centre of Amsterdam

2)
 Silveren Spiegel
Reason: 
Typical dutch restaurant with high cuisine in a beautiful historical building.

3) Lucius
Reason: 
One of the best fish restaurants in Amsterdam.

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Banquet Venues

Het Scheepvaartmuseum

Het Scheepvaartmuseum

Banqueting venues in Amsterdam

1) West Indisch Huis
Reason: 14th century interiors and space to accommodate up to 200 guests.

2) Heineken Experience
Reason: Unique experience in a historic building.

3) Het Scheepvaart Museum – Maritime Museum Amsterdam
Reason: Great location and a beautiful atrium with excellent acoustic that can fit up to 550 guests..

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Must See’s

View from one of Amsterdam's canals

View from one of Amsterdam’s canals

3 must see’s in Amsterdam

1)
 Canal Cruise
Reason: You get to experience Amsterdam from an entirely different view.

2)
 Rijksmuseum

Reason: Amsterdam has the highest museum density and the world, and the Rijksmuseum holds the country’s largest collection of arts

3)
 Dutch Brown Cafe’s in Jordaan
Reason: Experience the rich local social life in Amsterdam’s oldest café.

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Incentive Ideas

Blokarten

Blokarten

Amsterdam incentive ideas

1)
 Beach Activities
Reason: Perfect way to spend a team building day. Holland has great 200-400 meters wide beaches, perfect for beach sport activities like blokarting.

2)
 Activities on the Canals
Reason: Hire small boats or canal bikes, hold a party or dinner on the river and explore city from the water. The options are endless.

3)
 Wooden Shoe Painting Workshop
Reason: Design your own clogs, the typical Dutch footwear back in the days.

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Gift Ideas

Delfts pottery souvenir

Delfts pottery souvenir

Example small souvenirs / giveaways

1)
 The famous Reypenaer cheese

2)
 A wodden clog keyring

3) Delft’s Blue Pottery

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If you want more ideas and tips or want to book a corporate event in Amsterdam, don’t hesitate to contact  Travel Out There’s local event manager in Amsterdam.

Travel Out There Tip 2 – Destructive Innovation

Travel Out There Tip 2

This week we take a look at Destructive Innovation. Can one over innovate an idea, product, service or even a business to the point where it becomes destructive?

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Can one over innovate an idea, product, service or even a business to the point where it becomes destructive? I learnt very early on at school during an art class it is important to leave some  ‘paper white’ on your painting to help it breathe! Overworking the painting, striving for perfection often had dire consequences.

More often than not – Tech Start Ups correlate their ‘success’ by how much funding they have secured to pay for extra co-working desk space for development.

But questions i would recommend team to ask themselves;

Are we losing touch with users / end customer’s needs and wants?

Are we creating products, features and services that we think would be great but our clients are not that bothered by?

Are we trying to scale our product for the mass rather than finding our niche and loyal customer base, our fans who we should care about serving most attentively….talking and most importantly listening to?

Who are our star customers – and how can we serve them best?

Perhaps this extra funding might be better spent in engaging with our current client base and letting them give an insight in to what is important?

When to stop developing and begin engaging?

Check out our Travel Out There Tip 1

Travel Out There Tip 1 – Less is More

Travel Out There Tip 1

We have started a weekly Travel Out There Tips vlog. Every week we will deal with a new topic. To stay updated make sure to follow us on Facebook or keep an eye on this blog.

Last week we talked about Stuff. How to sort it and keep only the best stuff – Because in the end ‘less is more’, and the less choices you have the more confident and happy you will be with the choice you made. Check out the video below:

 

Transcript from the video

At times of change one realizes how much crap you have accumulated over a period of time.

Whether at home or in business, it is  a great opportunity to lose the baggage and pick up your tools. To only keep what you value and what is most useful.

Seth Godin – a personal hero of mine – strikes a great analogy.

Imagine your business or your house being a fish monger….if you were to keep hold of all your produce – within a few days you will start putting of all your customers and friends with the awful stench of rotten fish.

At Travel Out There we have learnt to curate our content. Currently we have 120 experiences across 14 destinations published…..and over 960 Experiences unpublished.

Simple reason being Less is More. It is like when you go in a restaurant and you receive a menu that is so thick that it is almost too heavy to hold. How does it make you feel? For me it makes me feel lethargic, incapable of making a decision and lazy… opting for the waiter to make that decision for me.

But when the choice is limited – you feel inspired, energetic and confident in your decision making!

Click here to check out a great TED talk about this topic made by Barry Schwartz – Paradox of Choice.

BUDAPEST MEETINGS AND INCENTIVES GUIDE

 The Ultimate Budapest Meetings and Incentives Guide

– All you need for a successful event –

There are caves, curative thermal springs, special conversation areas, moody restaurants and bars, all in a bustling capital city with a population of 2 million people. Whenever  you come to Budapest, be it winter or spring, you will find the a flourishing and enjoyable city that never sleeps.

We have put together the ultimate Budapest MICE guide (Meeting, Incentives, Conference and Events), containing everything you need for a successful conference, gala dinner or corporate event in Budapest.

Click on the links for more info about venues and activities.

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 Meeting Venues

Budapest Congress Centre

Budapest Congress Centre

Meeting and Event venues in Budapest

For 20 attendees: Palazzo Zichy Hotel

For 50 attendees
: Budapest Music Centre

For 100 attendees: Hungarian Academy of Science

For 200 attendees
: Corintha Hotel Royal

For  500 attendees
: Budapest Congress Centre

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 Hotels

Continental Hotel Zara

Continental Hotel Zara

Conference Hotels in Budapest

1)
 Kempinski Corvnius
Reason: Excellent location and service

2) Continental Hotel Zara
Reason: 
Great Spa and conference facilities

3)
 Hotel Palazzo Zichy
Reason: Hidden treasure in Budapest’s city centre

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Restaurants

Symbol Budapest

Symbol Budapest

Restaurants in Budapest

1)
 Restaurant Halászbástya
Reason: 
Fine dining with excellent view of the city

2)
 Symbol Budapest
Reason: 
Delicious cuisine with a trendy atmosphere

3) Restaurant Menza
Reason: 
Cosy with reasonable prices

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Banquet Venues

Wenckheim Palace

Wenckheim Palace

Banqueting venues in Budapest

1) Wenckheim Palace
Reason: Centrally located, empirical environment

2) Central Market Hall
Reason: Unique and very atmospheric venue.

3) Boat Európa
Reason: Miracle on the Danube, right in between Pest and Buda – always a breathtaking experience

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Must See’s

The Buda castle area

The Buda castle area

3 must see’s in Budapest

1)
 Buda castle area
Reason: The name “Budapest” is the combination of the city names “Buda” and “Pest”, the cities were separated by the River Danube and were united to become a single city in 1873. Buda is situated on the west bank of the Danube and this mostly wooded and hilly territory is a beautiful area to relax and enjoy the views over Pest. The Buda Castle and Citadela are two landmarks that are a must see whilst visiting Budapest

2)
 Danube promenade and walking area of Pest downtown
Reason: Pest is flatter than Buda but would be conisdered the more livelier side of the city. The promenade is full of hip bars, trendy restaurants and beautiful people strutting their stuff. No better place to enjoy a drink at sun down!

3)
 Thermal Spas and Ruin pubs
Reason: There is certainly not a shortage of unique places to relax and have fun in Budapest. A popular afternoon and evening activity is to enjoy a ‘chilaxing’ time in a natural thermal spa followed by a glass of Hungarian wine or beer in one of the many atmospheric ruin pubs in the Budapest

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Incentive Ideas

Budapest City Games

Budapest City Games

Budapest incentive ideas

1)
 Tank Driving combined with Airsoft Combat
Reason: A real adrenaline thrill for the brave hearted

2)
 Cave Tour under Budapest
Reason: A unique experience

3)
 City Rally
Reason: The perfect way to discover the city and tailored to fit you precise wishes

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Gift Ideas

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Hungarian Paprika powder

Example small souvenirs / giveaways

1)
 Gerbead Chocolate Box

2)
 Rubiks Cube

3) Paprika powder and a wooden spoon

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If you want more ideas and tips or want to book a corporate event in Budapest, don’t hesitate to  contact Imola, Travel Out There’s local event manager in Budapest.