A touch of Dutch hospitality

GTO’s Commercial Director, Adrian Gates, attended the annual Travel Event Holland in Amsterdam last month; a good cross section of the Dutch travel trade were represented, most of whom were keen to deal with groups. Attendees were very comfortably accommodated at the modern and well appointed Casa 400 hotel, and as well as the comprehensive workshop, hosted by the Netherlands Board of Tourism and Coventions at Stayokay close to the centre of Amsterdam, there was a packed itinerary of visits too. The group were entertained with drinks on the first night by the Blue Boat Company and navigated the canals to the Holland Casino in the city centre, where Adrian reports they were well fed and watered. The following day Adrian particularly enjoyed the visit to the Airborne Museum at Arnhem, which records the Market Garden operation that took place in Holland in Autumn 1944. It is housed in the former Hartenstein Hotel, which was Command HQ for the invading Allied forces, and very accurately and movingly depicts the events that took place. The anniversary of the landings was the following day and Adrian was lucky enough to meet one of the British veterans who had arrived to commemorate the 67th anniversary. The day finished with a refreshing bike ride through the National Park, riding typical Dutch bikes that you brake by backpedalling – a few of Adrian’s colleagues experienced some difficulty in mastering the technique!