Safe business meetings

Entrepreneurs have recently learned to operate within the 1.5-meter economy. With adapted business operations, the Haarlem region can safely receive business guests again without compromising hospitality. Since 1 July, companies in the tourism sector and event organisers have been allowed to re-open their venues. Below you will find more information about the current measures in Haarlem and the Netherlands.

  • Companies in the tourism and hospitality sector and event organisers are allowed to re-open their venues. General rules are in place for all indoor and outdoor venues. Per sector, specific rules can apply. All official communication by the Dutch government can be found on their website.
  • Visitors and staff need to keep 1.5 meters distance and follow the required provide hygiene measures.
  • Cafes and restaurants are also allowed to get back to business when they comply with the national guidelines.
  • The Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions (NBTC) has issued a Covid-19 Reopening Protocol for Business Events in The Netherlands. This Covid-19 Reopening Protocol contains guidelines for meeting and convention organizers, suppliers, and delegates of meetings, conventions and events taking place in the Netherlands. Business events include trade shows and corporate events.
  • For in-depth information about the novel coronavirus visit the website of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).
  • For updates and safety guidelines in regards to the corona virus in Haarlem and surroundings, visit the website of Visit Haarlem.

Video series ‘Safe business meetings in Haarlem’

The Haarlem Convention Bureau has made a video series to show the MICE industry some examples of local entrepreneurs and their safety measures. View the videos below.

Interview Boutique hotel Staats
Claudia van den Berg of Boutiquehotel Staats indicates that their meeting facilities and 21 hotel rooms have recently been booked more often by business visitors: 'For example, there are companies that want to bring their employees together again after all those video calls and working from home in order to get unite the useful with the pleasant. "

Watch the video in which Claudia talks about business meetings in the 1.5-meter economy and her vision for the future.

Interview Vooges Centraal
In addition to Vooges Centraal (behind the train station in Haarlem), Rolf Vooges also operates a beach pavilion in Zandvoort and knows, partly because of the changeable Dutch weather, what flexible entrepreneurship is: "Running or standing still. But I have never experienced to completely stand still in our operations". Now that Vooges is back in business within the 1.5 meter economy, he is doing it with a lot of enthusiasm. Vooges is ready to welcoming guests again.

Watch the video in which Rolf talks about business meetings in the 1.5 meter economy and his vision for the future.

Interview Van der Valk Hotel Haarlem
After an enormous renovation, Niels Piscaer of Van der Valk Hotel Haarlem was completely ready to welcoming the business guest. But then COVID-19 happened. The conference hotel of Haarlem is very spacious with  20 meeting rooms, optionally in combination with 314 hotel rooms and 378 seats in the restaurant. Therefore they can welcoming their guests again in a safe way.

Watch the video in which Niels talks about business meetings in the 1.5-meter economy and his vision for the future.