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Design revealed for the new entrance to the Van Gogh Museum at Museumplein

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in travel | 0 comments

Design revealed for the new entrance to the Van Gogh Museum at Museumplein

‘The Van Gogh Museum has long cherished the vision of creating a new entrance building on its Museumplein side. The preparations for the new entrance are now in full swing. We have provisional architectural plans, on the basis of which we are busy arranging the necessary funds. With the enormously generous contribution we are receiving from the BankGiro Loterij, we are well on the way to making the new entrance a reality, so we feel this is the right time to share the design with the city and the rest of the Netherlands’, says Axel Rüger,...

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Making air travel part of your social networking

Posted by on Feb 7, 2013 in travel | 0 comments

Making air travel part of your social networking

“Why wait for the outcome of the unpredictable allocation of seats for you to have that entertaining, interesting mid-air conversation?” was the thought that triggered the creative thinking behind the Matching Airlines Seats (MAS) app. On the eve of Tet, lunar new year, the MAS app was presented to the public at a product launch in Hanoi. Media representatives, Vietnamese and foreign guests were in attendance. This innovative product allows social networking among air travellers who may decide to travel together. Dutch entrepreneurs Abraham...

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Feadship breaks records with largest superyacht ever

Posted by on Feb 7, 2013 in travel | 0 comments

Feadship breaks records with largest superyacht ever

Feadship, the world’s number one builder of custom motoryachts, has launched the largest Feadship to date. The 99-metre masterpiece was created by the Feadship yard in Makkum and is also the largest superyacht ever built in the Netherlands. Sleek and quick, and with exquisite exterior detailing, she is a well-honed masterpiece bound to turn heads in the marinas of the world. More than four years in the making, project name ‘Dream’ left the massive building hall today. She is an elegant and striking tribute to her visionary owner, the talented...

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Amsterdam

Posted by on Jan 30, 2013 in Dutch City Guides, photos | 3 comments

Amsterdam

Amsterdam has always had a vibrant and varied cultural scene but over the last few decades it has blossomed. Amsterdam became a metropolis since the second half of the sixteenth century. Amsterdam now hosts more than 750,000 residents from 175 different countries. 37% of the population belong to an ethnic minority. There is an open and tolerant atmosphere in the city. In Amsterdam’s Centrum you will of course find the magnificent canals, but there is so much more besides. The inner city, for instance, is bursting with interesting museums,...

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The Hague

Posted by on Jan 29, 2013 in Dutch City Guides | 0 comments

The Hague

The Hague is the Royal Residence and political heart of the Netherlands. The city is home to some of the finest art museums in the Netherlands such as the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis and the Gemeentemuseum, which are two must-see museums with magnificent art collections. The Hague is a great shopping city any season of the year. The shopping malls are located in the city center around the ‘Grote Marktstraat’. More shops are found along the ‘Spuistraat’, ‘Venestraat’ and ‘Hoogstraat’. While strolling through these streets, don’t miss the...

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Record Number of Tourists Visit the Netherlands in 2012

Posted by on Jan 24, 2013 in travel | 0 comments

Record Number of Tourists Visit the Netherlands in 2012

A record number of tourists visited The Netherlands in 2012, according to the Dutch Board for Tourism and Congresses (NBTC). Some 11.7 million tourists, an increase of 4 percent on 2011, spent a total of 4.75 billion euros. The growth is partly attributable to an overall increase in popularity of city-trips and an expansion in flight connections. Next to this, strong economic growth in Asia has resulted in a growing middleclass with high disposable incomes. This, combined with a weak euro, made the Netherlands an attractive proposition....

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Delft

Posted by on Jan 20, 2013 in Dutch City Guides | 0 comments

Delft

Delft enjoys a worldwide reputation due to its connection with Johannes Vermeer, Delft Blue earthenware and the Royal House. Relive its glorious past as you wander along canals, churches, mansions and courtyards. This university town also offers canal tours, museums, markets and many pubs. Find out how the world famous Delft Blue earthenware is produced at Royal Delft, the factory that has been producing the hand-painted, blue motives since the sixteenth century, and at Delft Pottery De Delftse Pauw, this family owned factory exclusively...

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Eindhoven

Posted by on Jan 19, 2013 in Dutch City Guides | 0 comments

Eindhoven

Eindhoven is a vibrant town with many shops, bars and restaurants with welcoming outdoor cafés. The city also presents high-level art, design and culture. During the Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven transforms into the design capital of the world. ‘Stratumseind’ is not only the longest ‘nightlife street’ in the Netherlands, but in the whole Benelux. Along this 225-meter street, there are 54 pubs that attract around 25,000 visitors each week. The traditional ‘brown cafés’ (Dutch pubs) on the Wilhelminaplein are the perfect...

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Haarlem

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013 in Dutch City Guides | 1 comment

Haarlem

Haarlem, the capital of Noord-Holland. It has been the historical center of the tulip bulb-growing district for centuries and proudly bears the nickname ‘Bloemenstad’ (flower city). If you arrive in Haarlem by train, you can’t miss the art deco railway station. Pick up a map with walks at the tourist information office (VVV) and it will lead you to Haarlem’s central square ‘Grote Markt’, city hall, St. Bavo Church and many picturesque almshouses and courtyards. Must-see museums are the Teylers Museum and the...

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KLM’s “Royal” Predicate Extended

Posted by on Jan 17, 2013 in travel | 0 comments

KLM’s “Royal” Predicate Extended

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will be allowed to attach the predicate “Royal” to its name for the coming 25 years. KLM President & CEO Peter Hartman will today receive an official certificate from Jan van Zanen, Mayor of Amstelveen, confirming that the predicate “Royal” has been bestowed. The Royal Airline Company for the Netherlands & Colonies was established on 7 October 1919. After the Second World War, the airline’s name was changed to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM Royal Dutch Airlines). Queen Wilhelmina had already...

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Apeldoorn

Posted by on Jan 16, 2013 in Dutch City Guides | 0 comments

Apeldoorn

Apeldoorn is a city surrounded by natural beauty in the province of Gelderland. Even today with a population of around 150,000 it still retains a small town charm with a town hall, market square with daily markets, and friendly locals zipping by on bicycles. Picturesque parks and gardens, old churches, and mills provide rustic elements while the Orpheus Theatre and Omnisport Apeldoorn exemplify the modern. Apeldoorn sits on the edge of Hoge Veluwe National Park, the Netherlands’ largest privately owned conservation area. Deer and other...

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Rezidor opens the Park Inn by Radisson, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Posted by on Jan 14, 2013 in travel | 0 comments

Rezidor opens the Park Inn by Radisson, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

The Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the fastest growing hotel companies worldwide and a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, today has opened the Park Inn by Radisson, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The 150-rooms flagship brings the dynamic mid-market brand Park Inn by Radisson to the Netherlands; and strengthens Rezidor’s position as one of Europe’s leading airport hotel operators. The group is present is at some of the busiest airports in Europe: London, Paris, Frankfurt, Zurich, Istanbul, Copenhagen, Moscow, Nice, Oslo, Stockholm and...

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Arnhem

Posted by on Jan 12, 2013 in Dutch City Guides | 0 comments

Arnhem

Arnhem has a rich and eventful past, partly reflected in a number of monumental buildings. Set in the heart of green surroundings, the town is contained by the Veluwe on one side and the forelands on the other. A visit to the 100-year-old Sonsbeek town park provides the ideal opportunity to take a breather. Linked with fashion in many different ways by ArtEZ college of Fashion and numerous brands and designers such as G-sus, Viktor & Rolf and Humanoid, Arnhem has ranked the top ten shopping towns in the Netherlands for years. The town...

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Record number of passengers at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in 2012

Posted by on Jan 9, 2013 in travel | 0 comments

Record number of passengers at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in 2012

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol welcomed 51 million passengers in 2012, representing a 2.6% growth relative to 2011. Never before have so many passengers travelled via Schiphol in a single year. Freight saw a 3% decrease, bringing the total to 1.5 million tons. The number of air transport movements increased slightly by 0.8% in 2012 (423,407). Jos Nijhuis, Schiphol Group’s President and CEO, announced these provisional figures during the company’s New Year’s reception held today. “The transport results are good and better...

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Amsterdam Airport Schiphol welcomes 50 millionth passenger of 2012

Posted by on Dec 21, 2012 in travel | 1 comment

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol welcomes 50 millionth passenger of 2012

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol welcomed the 50 millionth passenger of 2012. This is the first time in the airport’s history that more than 50 million passengers travelled via Schiphol in a single year. Mrs Edith Smits from Veghel, who arrived on KL0836 from Singapore, was welcomed at the gate by Schiphol Group CEO Jos Nijhuis and KLM CEO Peter Hartman. Mrs Smits received a €2,000 travel voucher from KLM and Schiphol. She also received a €500 shopping voucher to spend at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and a goodie bag from IAmsterdam. The other...

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