Event professionals from UK event agencies Banks Sadler, AT Global Meetings and Events, C Squared and Informa were hosted by Rotterdam Partners and The Hague Convention Bureau last week (15-18 July) to explore the cities' C&I offering, visiting a range of hotels and meeting venues.
The group made the short transfer from Schipol Airport to Rotterdam's five-star Manhattan Hotel on Wednesday night ahead of a packed itinerary, which included a tour of the Van Nelle Fabriek, a former tobacco, coffee and tea factory that recently became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After meeting with local suppliers, the group enjoyed lunch on a 1950s transatlantic ocean liner, which has been restored into a hotel and venue.
The day continued with a visit to the newly opened Markethall, Europe's largest purpose-built markethall and a tour of Rotterdam's World Trade Centre, one of the largest meeting venues in the city. The group gathered for dinner in the park at Het Heerenhuys, a private hire venue in the city centre before a round of cocktails drinks and prosecco at city centre bar Blender.
On day two, the group left Rotterdam and made the 40-minute journey south to The Hague. On arrival, the group explored the Kurhaus Hotel, a venue once visted by The Rolling Stones, and the World Forum, which hosted last year's Nuclear Security Summit that was attended by world leaders, including President Obama.
Later that day, the Carlton Ambassador hotel hosted the group for pre-dinner cocktails on its outdoor terrace prior to a BBQ on the beach at Strand club Doen.
On the final day, the group headed to the Louwman Museum, which houses the largest private collection of cars in Europe, as well as event space ideal for a range of private events. A walking tour of the city centre and a mid-morning gin tasting followed before a final lunch at the Hotel Des Indes, a member of Starwood's Luxury Collection and one of the city's oldest properties.
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