“You are on Dumpert”. This was the message we got Friday afternoon. Dumpert, never heard of it, untill now!
More than 260.000 views, lots of reactions and phone calls of national television. Because a part of the movie, in which we broke the Erkend Congresbedrijf certificate of glass, was publiced.
The one who took the effort to watch the whole movie on youtube, could place the movie in the right context and could see that everything was prepared in detail.
The recognition was real (and we are very proud of it!) and the message clear: Congresbureau Friesland: prepared as always (next time also for Dumpert ;) )
PS: Very kind tough, that some people who reacted on the movie, were worried about the glass shards that we gathered with bare hands... Lukcily it was made of sugar (glass) and our team is not (because you get a lot of shit on you on Dumpert)
Congres Bureau Friesland is the first Frisian organization that may join the select company of Erkend Congresbedrijf-bureaus (Accredited congress organizers). Friso Douwstra, alderman for economic affairs of the municipality of Leeuwarden, presented the certificate on behalf of the foundation Het Erkende Congresbedrijf to the congress company that is based in Mantgum.
Congres Bureau Friesland is the twelfth office in the Netherlands that is allowed to carry the label. The certificate was granted by the foundation Het Erkende Congresbedrijf, which was established in 1995 on initiative of the 'Vereniging voor Nederlandse Congresbelangen' and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, with the aim to promote the quality and transparency of the congress sector.
'This recognition is the cherry on top, for our work of the past 10 years' says Jant van Dijk, owner of Congres Bureau Friesland. 'The certification offers our clients the certainty that our services meet the strict quality requirements regarding professionalism, expertise and experience.' The company was checked on 80 points around competencies, reliability, knowledge, transparency and experience.
More and more national and international congresses choose Leeuwarden as location. In addition to the role of organizing agency, Congres Bureau Friesland has played an acquiring role in the congress market for a few years now and it is paying off. The title Cultural Capital of Europe, that Leeuwarden had in 2018, also contributed to the growth of the business tourism in Friesland. 'The congress participants are very surprised and extremely satisfied with the locations, the hotels, the service and the city, and that good news is spreading. We have gained extensive experience in the organization of national and international congresses and received positive feedback, both important in receiving the label of Erkend Congresbedrijf', according to Van Dijk.
Congres Bureau Friesland hopes that the promotion of business tourism will be more important on the political agendas. The output for Leeuwarden and Friesland is a lot more that the direct turnover that goes with theses congresses. Think of a stronger reputation for the water sector, agri and food sector and circular economy in Friesland. But also the sharing of knowledge, profitable facilities and connections between the informal leisure market and the business events possibilities. Like other Dutch regions do, Friesland has to be fully committed to this growing market and can not stay behind.
Photo: from left to right: Annick Offringa, Nadine van Brederode, Alderman Friso Douwstra, Jant van Dijk, Inez Bootsma
Photo: Ivan Pakan, Gull Media & Design
On Friday the 23th of November 2018, more than 200 professionals visited the What's UP! symposium, in city theatre De Harmonie, in Leeuwarden. Themes of this day were culture participation and getting older. Next to the plenary part, there were 8 smaller sessions that the visitors could attend.
On October 31, 2018, the Werkfestival took place, the largest job market in the Northern Netherlands.
The former SuikerUnie site in Groningen was transformed into a beautiful festival site. 11,334 visitors and 300 employers attended the Werkfestival. On the day itself, there were 4600 follow-up appointments planned. A resounding success.
A duo production together with De Jongens van Lucht.
On the 16th of October 2018, the symposium of De Bewonersraad was held, because of the 25th anniversary of the organisation.
Location was was Kwartier Noord in Katlijk. It was an interesting meeting, with speeches of Diederik Samsom and Ruud Veltenaar.
On Thursday 11 October, LIMOR organized the Hoarding conference "Wie wat bewaart heeft wat" at the Westcord WTC Hotel in Leeuwarden. Six speakers from different angles of the care field provided the plenary program and the subsessions.
Over 200 representatives from, among others, social relief organizations, housing corporations, enforcement teams and area teams visited the conference on hoarding. To listen and especially to share and exchange knowledge. During the congress, the approach to the collective disorder was central.
We took care of the complete logistics organization of this inspiring conference.
On the 10th of October, during the annual European week of Regions and Cities, showed the Northern Netherlands itself to teh rest of Europe. Location for this was the historical library Solvay. Focus point of the evening were sustainable energy, circular economy and innovative agriculture.
On this festive netwerk evening, Jetta Klijnsma, chairman of SNN, gave the effort of the Northern Netherlands for the coming parliamentary elections, to the Member of the European Parliament.
On Thursday, October 4, the 21st symposium of the Wadden Academy took place. Over the past four years, researchers from the Landscape Knowledge Center and the Terpen Center of the University of Groningen have, together with the residents of six terp and miracle villages, carried out research into the history and development of the terpen and wierden land. During the symposium, a number of researchers explained the stories.
On the 12th of September 2018, there was the grand opening of trainstation Mantgum. With new, dimded LED lighting, which was opened by commissioner of the king Arno Brok.
The light can be dimmed by 30 per cent of the available strength, when there are no people on the station. Mantgum is the first 'dark' station of Friesland.
Wednesday the 4th of July: a day with a orange tint. We could organise the annual meeting of the 'Koninklijke vereniging van leden der Nederlandse Ridderorden' (people honoured with a royal mark).
The morning program was at Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie. After lunch, the 500 guests experienced the cultural capital of Europe: Leeuwarden. There were many choices: a visit of the Fries Museum or ceramics museum (Princessehof), a tour through the Blokhuispoort (old prison) with a presentation about the eleven cities ice skating tour, a boat tour through the canals of Leeuwarden with a visit of Lân fan Taal (land of language) or a boattour through the âlde Feanen or Dokkumer Ee.
Every year the ISPA congress (International Society for the Performing Arts) takes place in another city, in 2018 Leeuwarden had the honour to be host city.
More than 200 international guests from the art and theater world, visited Leeuwarden for a week to attend the congress. Locations visited during the congress are i.a. Tryater, Neushoorn, Fries Museum and De Harmonie. And during the walking diner there was a tour through the city center, where dishes were served on various locations and guests got surprised by acts and performances.
Congres Bureau Friesland was asked by LF2018 for the logistic organisation.
‘Its been amazing, the best WTCA General Assembly ever’
‘The programming, the organization, the speaker and even the food were all Top Dutch! The best conference I’ve attended ever, period!’
Some quotes of participants of the international WTC congress, that took place in Leeuwarden April 2018. And then imagine that cities as Las Vegas, Manila and Algiers,hosted the previous editions.
More than 300 delegates and companies, from all over the world, have visited Leeuwarden and were impressed by the event they attended.
Friesland, Leeuwarden (and we as well!) are ready for the international congressmarket!
Here an impression of the WTCAGA 2018 in Leeuwarden.