HLN 2019


The 5th edition of Hotel Leaders Network was organized on November 22, 2019. This time the networking event took place at the NH Collection Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky on Dam Square in Amsterdam.

After the more than 200 attendees had received their name badge and enjoyed a welcome drink, HLN 2019 officially started in the Diamond room. Sander Allegro warmly welcomed the leaders.

The 2nd edition of the Hotelrede was presented by comedian and presenter Jan Jaap van der Wal. He shared his vision and experiences in the hotel industry in a humorous way. You can listen and read his Hotelrede here.

After the Hotelrede, it was time for some networking and the walking dinner in the beautifully decorated Winter Garden of the NH Collection Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky.

Watch the video report of the 5th Hotel Leaders Network edition on the right.

HLN 2018


On the 16th November 2018, the 4th edition of Hotel Leaders Network has been organized. This time the networking event took place at the KIT Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam. After being welcomed in the beautifully decorated Marble Hall, everyone moved to the Queen Máxima room for the very first Hotelrede by Jort Kelder.


This edition, The Hotelrede has been introduced. The Hotelrede is an annually recurring element in which a prominent Dutch person shares an outsider’s view of the hotel industry and holds up a mirror, stimulates and inspires them.

After the Hotelrede, it was time for some networking while enjoying live music, drinks and the walking dinner.


Take a look at the video report of the 4th Hotel Leaders Network edition.

HLN 2017


The beautiful renovated Hotel Arena was the setting for the 3rd Hotel Leaders Network. After a welcome drink and receiving a name card, there was room for a nice conversation with like-minded people.


After a nice musical performance, it was time for Moderator Robert Daverschot to welcome everyone and to announce our speakers. After the inspiring stories from the speakers, it was time to network.


The first speaker at HLN 2017 was Patricia Douma, general manager at Kult & Ace Millennial Consultancy. This agency is specialized in the millennial and gives you insights into the world of this generation.


The second an last speaker of the event was Maurice Peeters, Director of Professionals at YoungCapital. This agency has grown enormously in a short time and has many millennials in service. Peeters is responsible for research and their own campus.


Both speakers gave an insight into the perception and wishes of the generation born between 1980 and 2000. This generation, the millennials or ‘generation Y’ form the future of hotel teams, but sometimes requires a different approach than the generations before.


“It was nice to have seen and spoken to each other again”. We love to hear that.

HLN 2014


On September, 19 Hotel Leaders Network organized the second Hotel Leaders Network Congress. The Congress, hosted by Hotelschool The Hague Amsterdam, included an International Hotel CEO forum, a student challenge and a General Managers program. CEOs and directors such as Maarten Markus (MD Benelux, France, UK, USA & Africa, NH Hotel Group), Amy McPherson (President and MD Europe, Marriott) and Wolfgang m attended this event. Neumann (CEO, Rezidor Hotel Group) took part in the Congress as inspiration and jurors for a business case. About 150 CEOs, GM’s and hotel owners were invited during the Congress for a master class in innovation. In the Advisory Board were Caro van Eekelen and Mark Milan Arandelovic.

Hotel Leaders Network 2014



Students who joined the Excellence Programme of several international hotel schools in Netherlands and abroad had been working in preparation of the event on a real-life case. This case included innovation, technology and the new generation of hospitality. The case revolved around the Palace of Justice. Every school sent her students to the Hotel Excellence Leaders Network Congress. All participants of all schools were mixed on the day prior to the Congress to work in teams on the case. During the competition, the best 3 teams were chosen. Students of these teams were given the unique opportunity to present their case to the CEOs and Presidents of international hotel chains. The winning team went home with great prizes and a bag full of knowledge and experience.

Hotel Leaders Network event

HLN 2013


For the first edition of Hotel Leaders Network, on September 20, in the brand new Room Mate Aitana hotel in Amsterdam, 100 general managers, hotel managers, CEOs and regional directors within the hotel industry had registered. They got a tour of the hotel and were addressed by Richard Sarasola, CEO of Room Mate Hotels and Jan Bakers, the architect who designed the hotel.

Hotel Leaders Network 2013

All photos

HLN 2013 – Room Mate Aitana Hotel

HLN 2014 – Hotelschool The Hague Amsterdam

HLN 2017 – Hotel Arena

HLN 2018 – Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen