Frisians do everything just a little differently. Just a little more relaxed. Just a little more logical. Just a little more pleasant, somewhat more willful, but even somewhat more ‘free’…
We do everything almost the same as the rest of the Netherlands, but all of these Frisian people together make Friesland entirely different.
Because of this, many Dutch people find our character so difficult to describe. This is why Escher is not merely an artist, Doutzen not merely a model and Sven not merely a skater. The rest of the Netherlands has a hard time defining our quirks, since we do things our own way. Just give us a moment and we will show you the enjoyable aspects of Friesland. Below, please find 11 good reasons to pay a business visit to Friesland.
Friesland is reasonably new on the MICE market (market for meetings, incentives, conferences, exhibitions). With over 700 hotel rooms here in the city of Leeuwarden, and with the World Trade Center, with congress space of up to 3,500 guests, the Frisian capital is an interesting venue for your meeting. And on the way to Friesland, you will more and more leave the busy hubub behind. You do this literally and figuratively, since leaving the busy hubub behind also brings peace of mind. You enter a region with untold opportunities for the informal part of your programme (for example skûtsjesilen (sailing in traditional Frisian ships)) or a visit to a Wadden Sea island), combined with optimal hosting, to make your business meeting a success.
In Friesland we have a world to conquer. We want to do things differently. Yes, we are a bit willful indeed. Naturally, we have well-equipped meeting rooms (for hosting groups ranging from 10 to 3,500 guests). Yet, the sky is literally the limit in Friesland. We simply build everything in a meadow, if you want. Or we will make a skûtsje meeting-proof. Talking about inspiration… Just consider these vistas. And those cloudy skies. They broaden the mind! And opportunities abound for the necessary relaxation after your meeting.
After your comfortable car, bus or train trip to Friesland, your mood will change. The Frisian vistas free your mind of all of the urban congestion. And how about parking your vehicle? It is a cinch in Friesland. Parking your vehicle in our spacious parking garages is surprisingly affordable. Particularly when these rates are compared with those of the urban areas in the Western Netherlands. This is a substantial advantage! Or you may simply park your vehicle in a meadow. Afterwards, you wipe off your shoes, but you do it with a smile. This little bit of mud serves as a reminder of the inspiring days in Friesland.
Standard arrangements? We do not provide these. You will receive a tailor-made solution. This is how we do it here. You determine the direction and we will save you as much work as you want.
And we will do just what we have promised, since we are an experienced team.
Do you remember? The 4th cabinet of Prime Minister Balkenende (2007-2010) was put together in Bilderberg Landgoed Lauswolt, Friesland. The politicians met in Friesland to make the toughest decisions. The surroundings play an important role within the decision-making process. Friesland offers just the surroundings needed for this. Not only do we have highly qualified meeting locations. A short walk out in the open, in between meeting activities, literally provides you with more fresh air. Depending on the nature of your meeting, we will select together with you the best suitable location for you to effectively conduct your business event.
No, Friesland does not only exist of lakes, islands, forests and meadows. It is also home to our famous eleven cities. Through the centuries, the cities did not stand still. Yet, they have preserved their characteristic image. It could not be any better.
Look at the capital city of Leeuwarden. It has evolved into a city with amazing charm. It has a hypermodern skyline, even though the city centre also boasts 500 monuments. 25,000 students already discovered the city's liveliness. And there is no need to go hunting about for star quality hotel rooms! There are over 600 hotels in Leeuwarden itself and another 1,100 within a thirty minute drive from the city. No wonder, that we think it is high time to convince you that selecting Friesland is a ‘poerbêste’ (very good) choice. Consequently, we know that you will be quite satisfied after your business visit.
Are you interested in organising something? We are good at it, here in Friesland, even though we say so ourself. For organising an eleven-cities tour, for example, we only have a 48-hour time span available. In the near future, we will definitely show how to pull off such a world-famous spectacle. Naturally, the scripts to do this are already available. We are armed to the teeth. In such a case, we will leave very little to chance. Similarly, we want to take care of your party, congress or meeting. Yet, we do not want to act overly compulsively. There has to be room for a surprising feat. Since we are also able to improvise if we have to. We will definitely consult you in the preparation of a sensational event.
In Friesland there are many venues to choose from: Whether you want a suitable location on an island, on the water, in the forests or in the city. We are simply lucky with our province. We are at home in all aspects of organisation. It is up to you. We will provide you with the optimal service. No matter, which environment you choose. A chic, cosy, special, simple sensational or unique venue. There is always room for you.
Friesland has the most beautiful landscape! This was demonstrated by the study of the Vereniging Nederlands Cultuurlandschap (Association for the Dutch Cultural Landscape, or VNC) published in 2010. We are quite proud of this score. Yet, we find the sentence which the VNC added to the report even more important. According to the researchers, a beautiful landscape has come about “with care and love”. We appreciate this. It is a testimony of the interest for the environment and history of our ancestors, but also for the way in which we approach matters.
The Frisians are good at water technology. Wetsus, the centre for sustainable water technology, has its seat in Leeuwarden and has evolved into a European academic top institute.
In Friesland you will also find much business around new forms of energy: LED lighting, bio gas, water purification, solar power. Yes, the experts are decisive, here in Friesland. And all of this innovative business resulted in many seminars, congresses and study days.
And then there are people who think that Frisians are traditional and never lead the way. We would like to enlighten you about this. We think this is good. We are proud of the past, but we are sailing full force ahead. This is how we have done it during the centuries. And in the same way, we like to assist you in turning your business event into a success… With full force and with great enthusiasm ahead.
We hear this more often: Friesland is too far away….
However the congress participants shouting this the loudest, often show up more than half an hour early in Friesland. Simply, because Friesland is much closer than anyone assumes. Driving from Amsterdam to Utrecht in rush hour? Rest assured that the trip from Amsterdam to Friesland takes less time. And on the way to Friesland, you will leave the busy hubub more and more behind. You do this literally and figuratively, since leaving the busy hubub behind also brings you peace of mind.