A Day in the Life of…an Amsterdam Site Visit

In preparation for this year’s EU Connect in Amsterdam, the Events team at PHUSE took an (extra-long) day trip last week to the Connect venue to finalise the finishing touches! Read on for some exclusive behind-the-scenes content of the great amount of work that goes into the organising and planning of a PHUSE event to ensure its success.

The day began at 5.30am, with a large coffee at Ramsgate train station, ready to catch the train to London City Airport for boarding the 70-minute flight to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. From there, the team took a short tram ride to the conference venue.

Spacious and convenient sums up RAI Amsterdam, home to the EU Connect 2019. Located in Zuidas business district, or the 'Financial Mile', RAI lies between the Rivers Amstel and Schinkel, close to both the historic city centre and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

On the venue’s doorstep is the Europaplein metro station. At the entrance of RAI, a short walk along a covered walkway takes you straight to the event space at Entrance D. In the picture below you can see just how close the station is to RAI. On the right is the view of the metro from the RAI walk-through entrance!

The ground floor boasts plenty of space to host our many exhibitors, as well as upstairs in the Ruby Lounge, where you will also find the breakout sessions.

It was extremely beneficial for the team to be able to view the conference space alongside the floor plans, and to walk around whilst visualising what can become of the space!

Following the RAI, Rebecca and Joanna from the Events team ventured to the Leonardo Hotel Amsterdam Rembrandtpark (the former Ramada Apollo Amsterdam Centre), where the majority of delegates will be staying over the course of the Connect.

The hotel offers modern guest rooms, with complimentary Wi-Fi and an onsite rooftop bar and terrace! There is also a restaurant, sauna and business centre. The team were shown around the 4-star hotel to review the communal areas and bedrooms, some of which overlook the beautiful Rembrandtpark.

Meanwhile, Tora, PHUSE’s Events Manager, visited the Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky – the 5-star venue which will be host to our Monday Night Dinner. The building dates back to 1855 and sits on Amsterdam’s main square, with views across to the Royal Palace.

With a truly outstanding venue not only in the centre of Amsterdam, but also with a great DJ and dinner, as always, the PHUSE Monday Night event is set to be a great night not to be missed! Keep a lookout for emails in the coming weeks requesting delegates to confirm their attendance at the Monday Night Dinner.

After a long and jam-packed day, the team took the train to the airport and headed home on the 18.20 flight, arriving back in Ramsgate at 21.45. Back in the office, the team are now busy in the final stages of event preparations including finalising event logistics, working with our exhibitors and sponsors, and ordering the promotional materials. 

Tora, Rebecca and Joanna, along with other members of the PHUSE team, will all be attending the EU Connect. Make sure you take the opportunity to say hello to the team and take your photo in front of the new PHUSE stand!


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