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Meetingselect, specialists in strategic meeting management and developers of an award-winning self-booking tool for meeting venues and conference hotels worldwide, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this week. The Dutch based company reflects on a number of highlights and looks forward to a bright future. This week, it was also announced that Meetingselect was nominated for the prestigious EY Emerging Entrepreneur Of The Year award.

 

Meetingselect brings together buyers, planners and providers of over 500,000 meeting rooms worldwide with a self-booking tool and state-of-the-art meeting management system, making meeting costs transparent and facilitating buyers and meeting planners to follow a clear and transparent meeting policy. The idea arose when CEO and founder Judith Huisman encountered such a meeting management technology during a business trip in the US. Together with her colleague Anouk Roohé, she decided to bring this this technology to the European market in 2007.

Anouk Roohé explains: "Booking of external meeting rooms was traditionally an inefficient and non-transparent process. While working in the hotel industry, we found out that planners would like to book meetings and contact the locations directly, but there was a need for more transparency, overview and convenience. They lost too much time with the search and comparing propositions. In addition, there was insufficient insight for the purchasers into their company’s spending. We wanted to introduce transparency and efficiency in the Meeting & Events industry. Thus, Meetingselect arose. "

 

EY Emerging Entrepreneur Of The Year

Meetingselect had a bit of a rough start, because not long after they started, the economic crisis broke out. Fortunately, the company emerged after that and has become a leading player in the international MICE and tech industry over the years. They received numerous nominations and industry awards, including four times Deloitte Technology Fast50, FD Gazelles, TheNextWomen and the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women Award. This week it was announced that Meetingselect is nominated for the prestigious EY Emerging Entrepreneur Of The Year award.

 

Proud of our team and our partners

Judith Huisman: "The awards are a wonderful recognition for our innovation in the meetings industry, our advanced look at doing business and our transparent way of working. However, we are most proud of our team of experienced meeting experts. We experienced a huge growth last year, which was only possible thanks to their efforts. We are also very grateful to all of our loyal customers - including even customers that believed in us from the very start, such as Danone, FrieslandCampina and CGI. It is also beautiful to see that many sales managers from hotel chains and meeting venues have become our ambassadors, they are fond of us and our way of working. This enables us to achieve our goals even faster: international expansion with offices abroad and the being the best partner for meeting & event planners with our innovative and easy-to-use booking tool and strategic meeting management expertise.

 

The first three months have passed since New Year´s Eve and by now most of our new year´s resolutions have vanished into thin air. Bringing a healthier lifestyle to the workplace, for example. But, keep it up! The ´healthy meeting´ trend is bound to continue this year. How can you that? These are our 10 tips on how to hold healthy meetings in 2017.

1. Brain food: fuel for the brain

It´s all in the name; brain food improves your concentration, alertness, and your memory. Helpful during long meetings or conferences of several days that make you long for extra energy. Which foods make up the best fuel for your brain? Think of green leafy vegetables, raw chocolate, nuts, and seeds. Fish like herring, mackerel, and trout are full of good fats and Omega-3, which slow down the deterioration of brain cells and stimulate the production of new cells and serotine. The latter giving your mood a positive boost!

2. Water, the perfect thirst-quencher

There is nothing wrong with a nice cup of cappuccino once in a while, but we tend to sip away buckets of coffee a day. And even though research has shown that coffee – preferably organic – has a positive effect on our functioning, a surplus of caffeine can never be good. That is why you should make sure that there is enough water on the conference table because water is the perfect thirst-quencher. Many hotels and conference centers offer posh bottles of mineral water, but tap water is a lot more eco-friendly and tastes just as good – especially in Holland.

3. Organic and sustainable lunches

Are you having a lunch meeting? Instead of a lavish buffet – usually resulting in a disproportional amount of leftovers- you can also opt for a plated lunch with various small and light dishes: tapas style. The shared dining phenomenon – where you share dishes – also pops up in 2017. Hold back with alcohol; fruit juices are a great alternative. Choose organic products and use plates and cutlery made of sustainable materials, like the beautiful disposables of Natural Table Ware

4. Less meat, more vegetables

Nowadays, many people choose to skip meat every once in a while or even choose a veggie lifestyle. And why not? The days that (part time) vegetarians at a business dinner were bored with the ever filled sweet peppers or grilled goat´s cheese are long gone. Even more so, in many top rated restaurants vegetables are actually at the center of things. You can do everything with vegetables; there are so many variations and ways of preparing them that you really won´t miss that piece of fish or meat. On top of that, green vegetables like broccoli and spinach keep your iron at a healthy level and are bursting with vitamins.

5. Healthy snacks are not boring

Surely you are familiar with it, you are in a meeting for hours and suddenly you are overwhelmed by a terrible need to yawn. You can hardly keep your eyes open. Beware: your blood sugar level has dropped to a minimum, your body is crying out for sugar. Instead of opening that can of coke or taking a grab from the celebrations box, you´re better off choosing a healthy food bar (there are many variations on the market), a handful of nuts, a piece of pure chocolate, or a banana. Bananas contain tryptophan, a substance that makes you feel better. Combine a bowl of cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and sweet pepper with a smooth dip like hummus.

6. Surprising fruits

At any conference venue on you´ll find a bowl of fruit somewhere, filled with bananas and apples. That´s nice, but also a bit boring. A good alternative is the pomegranate. Pomegranates are full of antioxidants that will make your stress level drop – at some meetings that can be just what you need. There are also many exotic fruits that don´t only taste great, they also look great, like the dragon fruit or the ramboetan (looks like a hairy lychee).

7. Move it!

During meetings we tend to sit still a lot, which can have a negative impact on our body. It´s important to frequently introduce short breaks to loosen up the body. It will help you concentrate better afterwards. A long day with meetings or brainstorm sessions? Go for a walk together, take a short yoga class, or take part in a meditation session. It will stimulate creativity and improve the group atmosphere. On top of that, it will help you take a new perspective on things.

8. Stand-up meeting: more effective and healthier

You have probably done it before: a stand-up meeting. And that is for a reason because meetings without chairs are not only more effective, they are also healthier. Research has pointed out that a stand-up meeting is as much as 34% faster. That is because it´s difficult for our brain to remain active while our body is being passive. When you´re sitting you will be more inclined to doze off or quickly check your mail. Also, a stand-up meeting is healthier because you use the muscles in your legs!

9. Not a marathon, but a walkathon

A marathon of 42 kilometers is not for everybody. But, an organised walkathon is a good alternative. Walking is good for the heart and the lungs, and it improves your memory. On top of that, it also has a positive effect on your mood.

10. Conscious = healthy

Pause the meeting for a social or sustainable team building activity. There are more social and sustainability initiatives near to you than you might expect. Check out your local area and ask around in your network.

It´s a term we increasingly use, ´Duty Care´, or the care obligations of employers towards their employees. This is a very important theme for event & meeting planners, groups, and business travellers who frequently go abroad for their work. For Meetingselect, being players in the travel and event industry, the Duty of Care is a top priority. Nevertheless, few companies have embraced the topic. Often, they only focus on individual travellers and forget about meeting and group reservations in hotels. And that´s a shame, because – apart from the moral obligations that come with it – there are many benefits. Meetingselect has created an innaovative online tool that allows our customers to access data of all the staff members and attendees of an event all over the world, by simply clicking one button.
 
Taking care of your people
In times like these, when natural disasters, strikes in the airline industry, and terror attacks are occurring more frequently, it is important to have a central communication platform that helps us get participants of conferences, group travellers, and employees safely back home again. Unfortunately, anything can happen during a (business) trip. We all remember the ash cloud after the volcanic eruption in Iceland as if it were yesterday: in 2010 all air traffic in Europe was paralysed for several days. To protect employees in situations like these, the Dutch government introduced the Duty of Care law. This regulation states that employers have to take responsibility for the safety and health of their employees. This goes beyond the calamities mentioned above. For instance, if an employee suffers of food poisoning during his working hours, or loses his passport, the employer is also expected to resolve the issue adequately. And how about not having to take the car after a long flight, but simply being able to get a taxi? Offering an employee the possibility of flying business class on intercontinental flights? These are but a few examples of the moral and legal obligations of internationally operating companies.

Immediate access to important data
Meetingselect has created an innovative online tool for buyers, travel managers, risk managers, and basically anyone who deals with business trips and international meetings & events. With just one click you'll get an overview of data, like the meeting, date, country, booking party, and contact details of both the booking party and the attendees of the (international) event. Whether it concerns a minor incident, like missing a connecting flight, or a terror attack or natural disaster, with this tool our clients have 24/7 access to the following data:

Immediate localisation of domestic and international bookings per location and country.
Identity of the booking party and which division has initiated the booking.
Up to date, real-time contact details (mobile phone, etc.) of both the booking parties and the location that has been booked.

Clear travel and risk policy
In order to protect employees it is essential that the organisation has a clearly formulated travel policy. Which vaccination should people get? Which areas can they visit and what are the no-go areas? What are the protocols in case of a calamity? How do you reach people, is there an easy way to locate everybody? Imagine going through each email account and every agenda trying to figure it out! That way you loose way too much precious time. In short, a clearly formulated risk policy prevents nasty situations, like huge claims and reputation damage. Meetingselect´s online tool will assist you with this. And it pays off, because a company could save tens of thousands of euros if something does go wrong. This way living up to the Duty of Care becomes a lot easier.

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