Meet in Amsterdam
New hotels and cultural attractions have made Amsterdam a compelling option for events
This is an important year for Amsterdam. Not only is the Dutch capital celebrating a number of anniversaries – its world-famous canal ring, named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2010, is 400 years old, and institutions such as the Concertgebouw music hall, the Felix Meritus art and science center and the Artis Royal Zoo are celebrating big birthdays – but 2013 has also seen the relaunch of some of its most celebrated world-class museums.
In April, the mighty Rijksmuseum reopened after a ten-year renovation, while the Van Gogh Museum – itself 40 years old this year – followed in May after its own revamp. Not only that, but the same month saw huge celebrations in Amsterdam and across the Netherlands as Queen Beatrix abdicated the throne to her son, WillemAlexander, age 46, and also born in April.
So it’s perhaps fair to say there is a feeling of renewal in the air – but that’s not the only reason why now is a good time to consider Amsterdam for your events. The past couple of years have seen the city add to its top-end hotel haul with the opening of properties such as the Andaz and the Conservatorium, while new venues include the striking Eye Film Museum and the revamped Het Scheepvaartmuseum. The Sofitel Legend the Grand, home to 15,000 square feet of meeting space, was fully refurbished two years ago, while Waldorf Astoria and Hyatt Regency properties are due to arrive next spring and in 2015 respectively.
Add to that a well-connected airport, in Schiphol, good European rail links and impressive infrastructure – not to mention the beautiful historic city center, rich cultural offering and laid back vibe – and it’s unsurprising that it is a top-ten International Congress and Convention Association city. Here are some wonderful venues to consider.
From left: Andaz; the Dylan’s “Muze” boat; Doubletree