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Global Project Logistics Network (GPLN) will conduct its 19th Annual General Meeting from May 18-20, 2024 at the Hilton The Hague Hotel.

Right after our GPLN meeting you will have an excellent opportunity to combine this event with our Heavy Transport and Lifting Seminar on May 21, 2024 also at the Hilton The Hague, as well as Breakbulk Europe which will take place from May 21 in the evening to May 23, 2024 at Ahoy Conference Center in Rotterdam.

Due to this fact you only have to book one single trip to The Netherlands for 3 different events from May 18-23, 2024 which is time- and cost saving.

GPLN was established 20 years ago and brings together project cargo experts and independent project logistics specialist companies from around the world, all of whom have an expert focus on project logistics. This global meeting will allow GPLN members the face-to-face contact with GPLN partners to efficiently build professional relationships in the most lasting and cost-effective manner.

GPLN delegates are afforded the opportunity to meet a multitude of partner companies to discuss past, current and future business, exchange sales leads, and develop a range of business possibilities within the GPLN Projects Network.

Time (hrs.) Details Venue Dress Code / Remarks
17:00 to 18:00 Delegate Registration Hotel Lobby Smart Casual
18:00 to 19:00 Presentations Mesdag Ballroom Smart Casual
19:00 to 21:00 Cocktail Reception Bar Blueblood & Surroundings Sponsorship opportunities (luzius@gpln.net)

Time (hrs.) Details Venue Dress Code / Remarks
09:00 to 10:20 One-on-One Meetings (4) Mesdag Ballroom, Red and White I & II Meeting Rooms Business Casual
10:20 to 10:40 Coffee Break Bar Blueblood Sponsorship opportunities (luzius@gpln.net)
10:40 to 12:20 One-on-One Meetings (5) Mesdag Ballroom, Red and White I & II Meeting Rooms
12:20 to 13:20 Lunch Bar & Restaurant Blueblood
13:20 to 15:00 One-on-One Meetings (5) Mesdag Ballroom, Red and White I & II Meeting Rooms Sponsorship opportunities      (luzius@gpln.net)
15:00 to 15:20 Group Photo TBA
15:20 to 15:40 Coffee Break Bar Blueblood Sponsorship opportunities (luzius@gpln.net)
15:40 to 18:00 One-on-One Meetings (7) Mesdag Ballroom, Red and White I & II Meeting Rooms
19:30 to 21:30 Dinner The Harbour Club Den Haag Sponsorship opportunities (luzius@gpln.net)

Time (hrs.) Details Venue Dress Code / Remarks
09:00 to 10:20 One-on-One Meetings (4) Mesdag Ballroom, Red and White I & II Meeting Rooms Business Casual
10:20 to 10:40 Coffee Break Bar Blueblood Sponsorship opportunities (luzius@gpln.net)
10:40 to 12:20 One-on-One Meetings (5) Mesdag Ballroom, Red and White I & II Meeting Rooms
12:20 to 13:20 Lunch Bar & Restaurant Blueblood Sponsorship opportunities (luzius@gpln.net)
13:20 to 14:40 One-on-One Meetings (4) Mesdag Ballroom, Red and White I & II Meeting Rooms
14:40 to 15:00 Coffee Break Bar Blueblood Sponsorship opportunities      (luzius@gpln.net)
15:00 to 16:20 One-on-One Meetings (4) Mesdag Ballroom, Red and White I & II Meeting Rooms
16:20 to 17:00 Casual Meetings without prior bookings (2)

Time (hrs.) Details Venue Dress Code / Remarks
08:00 to 16:00 Heavy Transport and Lifting Seminar Red I & II Meeting Room See all details on our dedicated website: https://gpln.net/technical-course/

Above agenda is tentative and subject to be adjusted without prior notice. The location for our group photo session on May19, 2024 will be announced during our meeting.

Conference Cost

Place

Hilton The Hague

Zeestraat 35, The Hague 2518 AA, The Netherlands  

Tel: +31 70 710 7000    /   E-Mail: AMSHH_FOS@hilton.com

Website: https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/amshhhi-hilton-the-hague/

Conference Fees AGM Saturday May 18 to Monday 20, 2024
Details Prices per person in USD/EURO
Participation fee for first delegate 1150.00/1,050.00
Participation fee for second delegate 1070.00/980.00
Participation fee for third and additional delegates 950.00/870.00
*** EURO prices subject to be adjusted without prior notice and only available for countries with Euro currency and for the first 100 registrations!

 

Inclusive

• Cocktail Reception on May 18, 2024
• Dinner on May 19, 2024
• Conference facilities on May 19 & 20, 2024
• Coffee Breaks on May 19 & 20, 2024
• Luncheons on May 19 & 20, 2024

Fees for Heavy Transport and Lifting Seminar Tuesday May, 2024

Prices are per person in USD  for a minimum of  15 participants

8:00 to 16:00

Red I & II Meeting Room

See all details on our dedicated website: https://gpln.net/technical-course/ 590

 

Cancellation Charges (based on the day of the first service and the total amount of all charges for conference- seminar- and other applicable fees):

  • Until February 16, 2024 administration fee at USD 100 per person (no cancelation charges, full refund less admin fee)
  • From February 17 to March 16, 2024: 70% (30% refund only)
  • From March 17 to April 16, 2024: 80% (20% refund only)
  • From April 17 to May 17, 2024: 100% (no refund at all)
  • No shows (My 18, 2024 onwards): 100% (no refund at all) and additional penalty on top of all full charges at USD 300.00 per person

Hilton The Hague

Hilton The Hague

Zeestraat 35, The Hague 2518 AA, The Netherlands     

                                    Tel: +31 70 710 7000    /   E-Mail: AMSHH_FOS@hilton.com     

https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/amshhhi-hilton-the-hague/

The Hilton The Hague is located in the historic city center and embassy quarter of The Hague, just a few steps away from the shopping area, Peace Palace, Noordeinde Palace, and the Dutch Parliament.

Guest Rooms                  

Each spacious standard guest room features a Hilton Serenity bed, a large HD-TV, Wi-Fi, work desk, minibar and coffee making facilities. The stylish bathroom boasts EcoSmart technology, a separate bathtub and shower with all relevant amenities. King Executive Studios offer also a living area and Executive Lounge access with complimentary breakfast in the restaurant. Daily opened from 12.00 until 19.30 for coffee, tea and soft drinks. Serving snacks, canapés and beverages between 17.00 and 19.00.

Room Rates of Hilton The Hague Hotel (EUR)

Room Rates (Valid from May 17-22, 2024 for 5 consecutive nights)
Room Category: King Guest Room (run of house)  per room/night in EUR
King Guest Room with breakfast for 1 Person 225
King Guest Room with breakfast for 2 Persons 245

 

Room Rates (Valid from May 17-22, 2024 for 5 consecutive nights)
Room Category: King Executive Studio (Lounge Access)  per room/night in EUR
King Executive Studio with breakfast for 1 Person (On request) 305
King Executive Studio with breakfast for 2 Persons (On request) 325

Important: No rooms are available during Breakbulk Europe peak period, starting from May 22, 2024 onwards!

Inclusive:

Above rates are per night and room including buffet breakfast, free WIFI, VAT and service charge.  

City tax: The compulsory city tax of EUR 5.35 per person per night is not included in above rates and will be added to the rooms rates upon check-out.

Both VAT and taxes are subject to be adjusted without prior notice if the Government is adjusting them!

 

Booking, Payment and Cancellation Policy for Room Reservations:

Please go to this link of the Hilton The Hague Hotel and make your room reservation directly with the hotel on your own. In order to guarantee your room reservation, the hotel will request details of a credit card.

Payment has also to be arranged directly with the hotel and booking and cancellation conditions of the hotel apply and are beyond our influence or responsibility.

Individual reservations made via the reservation link can be cancelled free of charge until 14 days prior to arrival date. If the room is cancelled within the 14 days period to arrival the room rate will be charged for the entire envisaged stay to the provided credit card.

Despite having secured a respectable number of rooms at special rates on behalf of our delegates, rooms are confirmed by the hotel on a first-come, first-served basis and we therefore highly recommend you to book your rooms now as space is limited at these conditions.

Early Check in or Late Check out

The rooms will be available from 3pm on the day of arrival and have to be vacated by 12:00 noon on the day of departure. Guests arriving before 3pm will be accommodated as soon as rooms become available. To guarantee a room for an earlier arrival prior to 3pm, the night prior to the reserved date will be charged according to the special room rates. Late check-out until 6pm is on request and will be usually charged at 50% of the room rates. After 6pm the full room charge will be applied (one additional night), but this is subject to availability of the rooms.

 

Technical Course

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

08:00 to 16:00

Red I & II Meeting Room

Hilton The Hague

Details (subject to be adjusted)

Please visit our dedicated website:

https://gpln.net/technical-course/

Prices are per person in USD for a minimum of 15 participants

590

Den Haag City Tour

Saturday, May 18, 2024

13:00 to 15:00

From/ To: Hilton The Hague

 

Details (subject to be adjusted)

This two hours walking tour includes all important highlights of The Hague, such as Mauritshuis, Inner Court (Binnenhof), Palace Noordeinde, and other landmarks, as well as treasures hidden in plain sight through a different perspective, the local way.

Prices are per person in USD for a minimum of 15 participants

50

A sponsorship for our annual conference is an excellent opportunity to promote your company during GPLN’s 19th Annual General Meeting at the Hilton Hotel in The Hague from May 18-20, 2024.

We are rewarding our sponsors with free advertisement and a special article in our GPLN newsletter, a full-page company presentation in our meeting agenda, press releases and other benefits. Furthermore, sponsorship packages in the amount of USD 5,900. -offer also one free conference pass per company.

Please refer to below terms, conditions and special benefits and contact us now to secure your preferred sponsorship package, as bookings will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sponsorship Opportunities
GPLN Annual General Meeting at Hilton The Hague / May 18-20, 2024

 

Exclusive Sponsorship Packages  USD
Cocktail Reception including full bar and snacks for 2 consecutive hours 5,900
Dinner including drinks for 2 consecutive hours Sponsored by Protranser, China 5,900
GPLN shirts with company logo 5,900
Full page ad on back cover of Meeting Agenda 2,900
Coffee Breaks on May 19 (2 per day)  2,500
Coffee Breaks on May 20 (2 per day) 2,500
Lunch on May 19  2,500
Lunch on May 20 2,500
Badges with company logo insert Sponsored by Pfaff International, Germany 1,900
Lanyards with company logo insert Sponsored by Interfracht, Germany 1,900
Pens with company logo Sponsored by Nu-Era Logistics, Canada 1,500
Note Pads with company logo Sponsored by AAW Project Logistics, Australia 1,500

Benefits:  

  • We will include a full-page company presentation with the sponsor’s name and logo in our meeting agenda which is distributed to each attending delegate.
  • We will promote your company on a banner throughout the meeting.
  • The sponsors will be promoted in the GPLN newsletter and in press releases.
  • Sponsors who are spending USD 1,500 or USD 1,900 for the sponsorship package get one quarter-page advertisement in the GPLN newsletter.
  • Sponsors who are spending USD 2,500 or USD 2,900 for the sponsorship package get one half-page advertisement in the GPLN newsletter.
  • Sponsors who are spending USD 5,900 for the sponsorship package get one free conference fee
    per company and one full page advertisement, plus two half page advertisements in the GPLN newsletter (different issues).

Terms & Conditions: 

  • Payment to reach us latest by 31 January 2024.
  • Design/artwork to be supplied by all sponsors latest by 28 February 2024.
  • Advertisements in the GPLN newsletter will be published in one of our newsletter issues in 2024 at our discretion.   

We are looking forward to receive your reservation of the sponsorship packages to: events@gpln.net
Please note that they will be assigned on a first-come, first served basis and we therefore encourage you to secure your sponsoring in due time.

Entry formalities to The Netherlands

After the signing of the Schengen Convention in Luxembourg in 1990, among the 22 European Union member states and the 4 EFTA member states, the concept of free movement started being implemented just 5 years after, allowing the population of the certain member countries to travel freely and start a life in any of them countries.

Schengen Area nowadays covers most of the European Countries with an exception made for the United Kingdom and the countries that are soon to be part of this agreement. Although not members of the European Union, countries like Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Lichtenstein are also part of the Schengen zone enjoying the same freedom of movement policy as the others.

Who needs a Schengen Visa?

Nationals of most third countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) are under an obligation to hold a visa for a proposed stay of a maximum duration of 3 months on the territory of the SCHENGEN States.

To find out more, consult the list of third countries whose nationals are placed under the obligation to hold a visa to cross the external borders of the SCHENGEN States and/or the list of third countries whose nationals are exempt from that obligation: 

The Netherlands Schengen Visa Application Requirements: 

See the list of countries whose citizens need a visa to enter Netherlands by clicking Do I need a visa to visit the Netherland

Where to lodge your visa application?

As a general rule, you lodge your visa application with the Dutch consulate or embassy with territorial competence for the country in which you legally reside. You present yourself in person, at the earliest 3 months before the planned start of your journey.

See also: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/netherlands-visa/ 

Recommendation

Go first to the consulate’s website for any information on the practical arrangements on the lodging of your visa application. The point is that it is possible that you might need to make an appointment. It is also possible that the consulate might cooperate with an external service provider entrusted with sundry tasks (information, making an appointment, receiving files, etc.). In that case, additional service fees will be charged. Bear also in mind that the consulate might invite you for an interview or ask for additional documents. Finally, look at when you will be traveling, because the period for the issue of an appointment and the time taken to process your visa application will inevitably be longer at certain times of the year

In short, make sure you lodge your visa application in good time (but at the earliest 3 months before the planned start of your journey) to avoid any disappointment and unnecessary costs. If there is no Dutch consulate in the country where you reside, contact the Dutch consulate competent for that country. This is usually in a neighboring country. They will tell you whether The Netherlands is represented by another SCHENGEN State in the country where you reside.

Introducing The Netherlands

The Netherlands consistently ranks among the top places in the world to live and work, which is great for any expat to learn about the Netherlands. But a Netherlands introduction doesn’t end there. The Netherlands may be a small country in size, but certainly not in impact. The Netherlands is famed for its liberal social policies, maritime trading traditions, battles to hold back the sea, robust multiculturalism and leading technological communications, making Dutch lifestyle a mosaic of cultural intrigue. No Dutch city has yet reached a million inhabitants and each retains a unique character and architectural style. The capital is something else entirely, and in terms of atmosphere and attitude, Amsterdam and the Netherlands could be two different countries. 

The Dutch people are generally receptive, curious, cultured, and friendly. English is widely spoken – a survey by Education First ranked the Netherlands as third in the world for English proficiency as a second language – but this can be a drawback for those learning Dutch. International residents tread a well-worn path to the Lowlands. Out of a population of some 16.9 million people, more than three and a half million have a foreign background (cbs.nl). This multi-ethnic characteristic of the country’s population has historic roots stretching back several hundred years, though most rapid changes in population demographics have come about in the last 40 years.

The Hague (Den Haag)

The Hague is a city of international importance with many faces and home to many different cultures. Once little more than a country house near a pond, The Hague has developed into a city of international character and importance. The Hague is located on the North Sea coast of the western Netherlands. Its Gothic-style Binnenhof (or Inner Court) complex is the seat of the Dutch parliament, and 16th-century Noordeinde Palace is the king’s workplace. The city is also home to the U.N.’s International Court of Justice, headquartered in the Peace Palace, and the International Criminal Court.

For more information on The Hague and its many attractions, visit their website at: https://www.holland.com/global/tourism/discover-the-netherlands/visit-the-cities/the-hague.htm

 

 

When to go

Any time is a good time to be in Netherlands. Most people arrive between May and September. This time is fabulous because skies are more likely to be sunny, much of life moves outdoors, beer gardens are in full swing, and festivals and outdoor events enliven cities and villages.

 

Money 

The Euro has been Netherland’s official currency since 2002. Euros come in seven notes (five, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 Euros) and eight coins (one- and two-euro coins and one-, two-, five-, 10-, 20- and 50-cent coins).
You can exchange money at many banks and post offices as well as foreign-exchange offices. Rates are quite good and service swift at bank offices at large train stations. American Express and Thomas Cook/Travelex offices are also reliable stand-bys. ATMs are the easiest way of getting cash in big cities and are common.
You can use credit cards for many purchases and also to make cash withdrawals from ATMs and banks. Look for the stickers on the machines that say American Express, Visa, Master Card or whatever system your card uses.
Prices for goods and services include a value-added tax (VAT) which is 21% for regular goods and two additional special rates: the 9% rate and the 0% rate (zero rate). If your permanent residence is outside the European Union, you can have a large portion of the VAT refunded, provided you shop at a store displaying the ‘Tax-Free for Tourists’ sign and obtain a tax-free form for your purchase from the sales clerk. At the airport, show this form, unused goods and your receipt to a custom official before checking your luggage. The customs official will stamp the form, which you can then take straight to the cash refund office at the airport.

Tipping

In the Netherlands there is no social or written requirement to tip a restaurant worker. However, if you received good service or thoroughly enjoyed the food, it’s customary to give a small tip — around 5-10% of the bill. If your service was just average, round up the bill or leave some change.

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