What’s new on the Holland stand at WTM 2015
September 30, 2015
Holland will once again have a significant stand at this year’s World Travel Market, Excel Centre, London, 2-5 November 2015. With 39 partners exhibiting on the stand there will be a variety of attractions, experiences, hotels and transport carriers to meet.
New exhibitors on the stand this year include for the hotel groups: Amrâth Hôtels and Corendon Hotels & Resorts and tourist offices Visit Veluwe and s-Hertogenbosch. New transport and leisure providers are Thalys International, Boat Bike Tours and Lovers Canal Cruises. The Stedelijk Museum also joins the stand for the first time. The Holland stand will also feature a wax work figure from Madame Tussauds Amsterdam, a statue of the Herald character from Efteling Theme Park and a large architectural model of the A’dam Tower. Some of the main stand highlights are detailed in the paragraphs below, for a list of all exhibitors please see Editors Notes.
2015 is the 125th anniversary since the death of artist Vincent van Gogh. The Van Gogh Museum recently opened the exhibition Munch: Van Gogh (25 September 2015 to 17 January 2016). Both Vincent van Gogh and Edvard Munch (1863-1946) are renowned for their emotionally charged paintings and drawings, their personal and innovative styles and lives filled with hardship. Both strove to modernise art by portraying existential and universal themes in expressive visual language. Despite the many striking parallels in their works and artistic ambitions, plus the fact that they are regarded as each other's counterparts, these great masters have never before been brought together in one exhibition. The stand will also feature a ‘relievo’ painting of Sunflowers by Van Gogh. The ‘relievo’ paintings are made utilizing a complex 3D process developed and patented by the Van Gogh Museum with Fujifilm Europe. A limited edition of nine select Van Gogh paintings are now available for purchase.
Batavia Stad Amsterdam Fashion Outlet offers 250 national and international fashion and lifestyle brands with 30-70% savings on high street prices. The outlet is open 363 days a year and offers visitors a great shopping day out. This summer Batavia Stad launched a daily Shopping Shuttle service between Amsterdam city centre and the outlet. Due to the centre’s continued success a huge extension programme is planned, with a completion date set for the end of 2016. This will provide space for an additional 45 premium stores to open.
Gassan Diamonds is located in Amsterdam, with its headquarters situated in a restored diamond cutting factory built in 1879. Visitors enjoy a guided tour through the factory and on average over 400,000 people go through its doors annually. The company concentrates primarily on diamond cutting, the retail marketing of faceted diamonds, gold jewellery and watches including Rolex. In addition to the factory, Gassan is present throughout Amsterdam and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Gassan Dam Square is the largest jewellers in Holland.
The Hague Marketing represents the Royal city by the sea and the end of 2015 will see the much anticipated re-opening of the pier at Scheveningen. The pier will offer shopping and dining opportunities to visitors. From 17-23 December a Royal themed Christmas market will be held close to the Mauritshuis gallery by the parliament lake. The market will have traditional market stalls, choirs and of course mulled wine! Highlights for 2016 include Flag Day in June when the new herring season is celebrated and Princes Day in September when the King delivers the budget at parliament and is driven through the city centre in a historic coach drawn by 8 horses. A real Royal spectacle.
The Mauritshuis in The Hague will hold major temporary exhibitions in 2016 including the highly anticipated ‘Masters of the everyday – Dutch artists in the age of Vermeer’ (which begins on 29 September 2016). The exhibition will include twenty 17th century Dutch masterpieces from the British Royal Collection, the largest loan to a Dutch museum to date. The collection includes works by Jan Steen and Vermeer.
Rotterdam Partners presents a range of new and anticipated projects, restaurants and attractions expected from the end of 2015 onwards. Restaurant NY Basement will open in October in the basement of the iconic Hotel New York and will offer a more intimate experience than the current restaurant located on the ground floor. Museum Rotterdam will have a new permanent location in the Timmerhuis building by Rem Koolhaas’ architects OMA. Located next to the City Hall the Timmerhuis will open at the end of December. The museum will house over 100,000 Rotterdam related objects. For the summer of 2016 surf the waves on the inner city Steigersgracht canal. Technology will allow waves to be created reaching up to a height of 1.5 metres.
Hans Brinker Budget Hotel Amsterdam has remained the same for the past 45 years and indeed prides itself on its lack of attention to detail and brutally honest attitude – and yes, you did read that correctly! Finally the hotel has decided to make some important renovations and has renewed its bar, which is great news for guests as socialising is highly encouraged at the hotel.
Newcomer to the Holland stand is Thalys International – the high speed European train operators. The train runs from Brussels to Amsterdam in just 1 hour 50 minutes with 13 return services running per day. The service also stops at Rotterdam and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport en route to Amsterdam. From Brussels to Rotterdam the journey time is 1 hour 10 minutes and from Brussels to Schiphol it takes 1 hour 32 minutes.
The Holland Stand EU500 is located in the North Hall. Simone Sagi, PR Manager will be present on the Holland stand, please make contact to arrange a meeting or interviews.