The Netherlands: Improving port

Event planners should look out for new developments in Rotterdam and The Hague, a region that is gaining a distinct personality of its own

While much of the new hotel development in the Netherlands has unsurprisingly been focused on Amsterdam, the Rotterdam and The Hague region has been busy improving its offer for event planners, with The Hague recently crowned Events City of the Year during the National Events Awards, while The Hague Jazz was named Best City Promotion Event in the culture category.

The airport has changed its name to Rotterdam The Hague airport, and will soon offer improved accessibility thanks to a direct shuttle link to the new Meijersplein (Schiebroek) station, which due to come into service at the end of 2010.

In Rotterdam, The Domina Hotel has been purchased by the Van der Valk hotel chain and will be renamed Van der Valk Hotel Rotterdam - Blijdorp. The modern hotel is located close to the airport, Rotterdam Central Station and the city centre and offers 189 luxury hotel rooms and suites, and eight conference rooms.

Event planners concerned with sustainability will be impressed by a new hotel scheme in Rotterdam, as part of the Rotterdam Climate Initiative, which aims to reduce CO2 by 50 per cent and achieve a 100 per cent climate-proof city in 2025. Some 29 hotels and congress venues signed the Rotterdam Sustainable Hotels and Congress Locations agreement. Other signatories to the agreement included Koninklijke Horeca Nederland (the Dutch trade association of hotel and catering industries), the KMVK eco-label for safety and quality, Rotterdam Marketing and the City of Rotterdam.

Rotterdam Marketing has also just launched a free mobile city guide, the Rotterdam app, which is available in both Dutch and English.

Aside from the launch of the new Hilton, The Hague, Amrath hotel group has opened a new property in Breda close to the busiest Belgium-Holland border crossing. The three-star-plus Amrath Hotel Hazeldonk has 92 modern rooms.

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