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.”