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TAKE5 gives you an update on the latest Meetings, Incentives, Congress, Events and related news. It contains short and to the point information on venues, people, happenings, lifestyle and general news that cannot wait to be told!

Enjoy BBT Online's 121st Take5 edition. Our Take5 newsletter is completely advertorial free.

Seminars in unique Belgian and Dutch locations
Seminar Seminar

Seminar@home is an organisation offering unique and inspiring locations for meetings, company events and seminars of all sizes (from 3 to 800 people). The places in their catalogue are different from what you’re used to, but have all facilities on site. Service is very professional, as is the catering

Ever wanted to organise an event in Antwerp’s Green Quarter, right next to two-star restaurant The Jane? What about a rustic barn near a canal, or a modern villa on the countryside?

Seminar Seminar
Events in a renewed historic venue

After a very thorough renovation, Château de Vignée in the Ardennes will reopen its doors this October. The 18th century castle farm was taken over by chef Kwinten Boelen

It’s now part of Relais & Châteaux: an association of exclusive hotels and restaurants. It comes with 25 luxury design suites, two event halls and a large wellness centre with a swimming pool. 

Parts of the restaurant can be privatised

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Château de Vignée Château de Vignée
Your event in a nightclub
Business Events revisited
Cargo Club

Former nightclub Red&Blue – close to the Antwerp red light district and the MAS museum – used to be the most famous gay club in Belgium. After getting renovated a couple of years ago, the name was changed into Cargo Club in order to attract a broader audience. 

Now the stylish interior is perfect for business events. It can take up to 300 people seated and 600 standing. Smaller groups are welcome as well: the venue can be divided in different compartments.

Meetings, product launches, receptions, dinners, seminars or gala evenings: it’s all good here.
Business Events

Industry heavyweight and well-known keynote speaker Rob Davidson revised his book “Business Events” and came out with an extended edition, updated to reflect recent developments in our industry

He added five new chapters on business events destination marketing, knowledge, sustainability, ethics and technology. New voice boxes offer practical insights from people employed in the business events industry, and a wide range of new case studies illustrate business events throughout the world, including in emerging destinations.  

Get it here.
It's better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation!
New event location in Amsterdam

In the midst of the iconic NDSM-wharf, in a 100-year old warehouse you’ll find IJver: a restaurant catering to all appetites: breakfast, lunch, dinner or just drinks. No less than 34 beer taps are available on site, as well as tap tables, countless other beers, great food and a cool party atmosphere

The location inside the warehouse enables IJver to set up two terraces: a 250 m² outside one and a
100 m² special indoor terrace open all year round. It’s of course possible to reserve private spaces for meetings, lectures or a completely catered company party. Capacity is flexible and ranges from 5 to 500 pax.

IJver IJver
Sleep in a Barn


Hotel Le Barn is – it’s kind of obvious – a hotel housed in two barns. It’s located 40km South of Paris, on a lovely estate full of old oak trees. The rooms are warm with lots of wood worked into the design. 

There’s a wellness with hammam to enjoy, and the food is all seasonal produce from their own garden. Located in the heart of the Rambouillet Forest, Le Barn offers an exceptional environment for team-buildings, and can accommodate corporate seminars for up to 150 people

There are also possibilities for horse-riding, cycling, sports trails, group relaxology and cooking lessons

Barn Barn
Glamping in a Nutchel
Tasty happenings in Antwerp and Bruges

Nutchel is a new glamping experience you’ll find nowhere else in Europe. Located in a forest camp on Domein Het Warredal in Limburg are 29 Cosy Cabins: nice wooden houses perfectly blended in their natural environment. There’s a little beach with a central meeting tipi on site, and the cabins come in all shapes and sizes. 

Light is produced with oil lamps and candles; heat with a wood stove. Back to basics, but with a little luxury and comfort as well. The domain comes with an adventure park and a centre for horses. The nearby National Park Hoge Kempen offers countless beautiful hiking and cycling tracks through exceptional scenery. 

The cool little city of Maaseik is just 10 minutes

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2020 – an annual gastronomic event – will be hosted in Flanders next year. The award ceremony will take place in Antwerp

The event comes with a programme full of culinary collaborations, thought-leadership discussions and celebrations in Antwerp and the wider region – some of it open to the public. 

At the same time, the UNWTO World Forum on Food Gastronomy will take place in Bruges. All the highest-calibre chefs from all across the world will be headed to our little corner of the world. Last year’s edition was in Singapore. 

Check out the event movie here.
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A master move for Event Masters
New style waffles in Brussels
master move

This summer, after working from the same location for almost 25 years, Event Masters decided to move to a brand new office. It can be found near the A12 road in Willebroek (Brownfieldlaan 37-1) and comes with a giant storage hall for all event related materials

The new building will push the creativity of the company’s 30 event specialists to a new level. It’s a flexible workspace with offices upstairs and a “living room” on the ground floor to strengthen the family feeling. 

The move was celebrated with a great party and a Soulbrothers concert. Check out the event movie here.

Brussels is getting a new waffle shop, but it’s not your usual one. 

Chef Yves Mattagne will turn one of Belgian’s famous national snack into a full meal. “Gaufres & Waffles”, just opened in the Royal Gallery, will showcase the gourmet side of the waffle: it will serve as a full dinner

You can have for example a waffle tartare or lobster, and get a sweet version (chocolate, pineapple or blueberries) as dessert. You only live once! 

More info, click here.
Wish we were here!

The PGA Catalunya Resort – member of Leading Hotels of the World – located less than an hour from Barcelona and 15 minutes from Girona, incorporates two championship golf courses, a luxury five star hotel (Hotel Camiral) and a wide range of gastronomic options all in one domain. 

It also comes with a myriad of outdoor activities to enjoy the picturesque surroundings: zip-lining, trekking and horse-riding through the nearby mountains. A second hotel, Lavida, opened on the site last year. 

PGA CAtalunya Resort will be one of many top suppliers present on our b2b Workshop on 2 December. Want to get in touch already? Contact Director of MICE Sales Central Europe Federico Alvargonzález ( or check the website here

Catalunya Catalunya Catalunya
Catalunya Catalunya Catalunya
It's better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation!
Ostend Inspirational Congress:
a deep dive for the meeting industry
A cruise through Southern Africa
Ostend Inspirational Congress:

On October 22nd the city of Ostend will host an inspirational day filled to the brim with, keynote speakers, networking with interesting people and inspiring ideas for your next meeting or event. So put on your goggles and prepare for a real deep dive at the Ostend Inspirational Congres, held at Kursaal Oostende.

The programme is free for meeting and event planners.

Register now and your diving gear will be ready on arrival. It’s first come, first served so don’t wait too long to jump on board.

Southern Africa

Croisi Europe offers a brand new small-ship cruise through Southern Africa. You’ll float through wonderful landscapes and visit beautiful destinations from Cape Town to Victoria Falls. The cruise sails through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe

You’ll be boarding the African Dream: a very comfortable suited for a maximum of 16 people in 8 suites – two of them with private balconies. You will visit two national parks on the way and stay in luxury lodges as well. 

Check out this clip to get yourself in the mood.

Croisi Europe will be present on BBT Online’s 2 December b2b workshop.

Southern Africa
Be inspired by Belgian Limburg - Destination report

This August, the Belgian Limburg Convention Bureau invited 50 meeting professionals for their inspiring seminar.

The group travelled to Hasselt and discovered why this mostly rural region is quickly growing into an interesting and surprising meeting and incentive destination.

Our journalist Monica was there as well for a report. Click here for the full report.

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Exploring Rwanda – Destination report
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In 1994, Rwanda saw its absolute darkest days. Twenty five years later however, the country is simply unrecognisable. The streets are clean, the people are happy, the economy is growing rapidly on an annual basis and fantastic venues opening up are attracting major events and conferences. And then of course there are the thousand forested hills hiding the gorillas you can go and say hi to. 

Ovation DMC’s Hugo Slimbrouck did just that, and in the meantime he tried to find out all the other things the country has on offer for our industry

Read the full article here.

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Invitation for Meeting and Event planners: BBT Online’s 17th b2b workshop

Join us on Monday, December 2, 2019 for the 17th edition of our b2b Speed-Date Workshop! This time we set up shop in Silo Brussels: a brand new venue in a completely modified 100 year old brewery next to the canal in Brussels.

We’ve got a whole new list of top suppliers ready for you. To name just a few new suppliers: Palazzo Di Varignana, Hotel Okura Amsterdam & Hotel Des Indes, DMC Rusmice Events & Motivation, Slovenian Convention Bureau, Thalys, Tangla Brussels and many more. It will be another fine mix of domestic and international suppliers of hotels, venues, dmc’s and so on. To get an idea, behind these links you can find a short movie of our last 2 editions: winter 2018 & summer 2019. 

Of course there will be plenty of entertainment and refreshments as well, and everyone having to drive more than 60 km from the venue can get a free hotel room offered by BBT Online.

Click here for the registration form. Don’t hesitate for too long or you might miss it!

Do you want to participate as a meeting, event and/or incentive supplier? For more info pls contact us at There are only a few places left.

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Silo Silo Silo
BBT Online’s bucket list – Anje Van Rossum

Every month we ask some prominent MICE personalities to share their bucket list.

What are the five things they desperately want to do or achieve before they seize to be, push up the daisies, kick the bucket or go to meet their maker? In short, what would they definitely want to do before they die?

This month we asked Anje Van Rossum, Event Manager at Proximus. 

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Real Short !!

Consult BBT Online's MICE agenda, and don't miss any event.
1-4 October, Porte de Versailles, Paris: IFTM Top Resa. Trade show for travel and tourism: both for the leisure and the meetings industry.
14 October, Brussels: Association Leadership Workshop. Join this workshop organised by Association Word and learn how to achieve greater organisational understanding and results through connecting culture to performance. Register here.
21-23 October 2019, Brabant (several locations): Creativity World Forum 2019. Be inspired by scientific and artistic creativity, performance, drama and interaction.“Change the inevitable” is this year’s theme: creativity is needed to inspire change and take our society off its collision course.
6-7 November, Brabanthallen, Den Bosch: Festivak 2019. Visit one of the biggest trade shows for event organisers in the Low Countries. This year’s theme is “Connecting the Dots”: it looks at the complex connections between organisers, visitors and suppliers every event is built upon. First speaker will be Jan Smeets: celebrating his fiftieth year organising the Pinkpop festival.
Join us on Monday, December 2, 2019 for the 17th edition of our b2b Speed-Date Workshop! This time we set up shop in Silo Brussels: a brand new venue in a completely modified 100 year old brewery next to the canal. Registration for meeting & event suppliers and planners via
12-13 February, Vilnius: Convene 2020. Hosted Buyer Registration for the leading meeting and event industry trade show in the Baltic Sea Region is now open.

As from 2020, the city of Ostend is strengthening its city marketing efforts: more events will be organised outside of the high season in order to attract more tourists in fall and spring. The city tax for tourists will be raised from €2 to €2.83 to finance this.
Flanders is investing more than €10 million in the restoration of several heritage sites. The biggest amount of money – around six million – will be invested in a complete restoration of the Art Deco pier in Blankenberge.
The Netherlands is famous for its flowers, and on the beautiful FAM Flower Farm in Lisse (between Leiden and Amsterdam) you can now come and see how they are grown. There are three times each year when visits are possible, depending on when the different flowers bloom. This will make for some spectacular Instagram pics for sure.
This November it will be thirty years since the fall of the Berlin wall. From 4 to 10 November, over 100 events will be organised to celebrate that birthday all over the city. Most of the wall is now completely gone, but it’s still drawing crowds. Several guided tours are available to learn more about its history.
“Europe as a Destination for Meetings and Conferences” is in the focus of a recent study supported by nine members of the Strategic Alliance of the National Convention Bureaux of Europe. The study looks at challenges and opportunities in a changing environment as a basis for developing hands-on recommendations for action. You can read the whole white paper here.

QvoVadis, Destination Solutions by Marc Lambert based in Brussels will organise 3 famtrips for BeLux MICE planners to Ukraine (okt or nov 2019), Israel (nov 2019) and Sri Lanka (dec 2019). Dutch MICE planners can attend as well but note that departure will be from Brussels. Interested? More info? Mail
Petite Passport Magazine is a celebration of all of the inspiring places we love to travel to. It comes with background stories, interviews, featured hotels, city guides and maps. First edition is all about Antwerp, Cape Town, France, Porto, Tel Aviv and Verbier. Pre order your copy here.
Event agency OFCORES recently opened a second bureau in Dok Noord. You can now come and do business with them in both Brussels and in Ghent.

Working together with local breweries, eleven Mercure hotels in Belgium and The Netherlands are offering beer cocktails made with the local brews. Blankenberge, Roeselare, Ostend and Antwerp are the first ones in Belgium you can try a beer cocktail with a local touch at.
Vienna really is the city of waltz. The "Kempinski Waltz Time" package offered by Palais Hansen Kempinski allows Vienna lovers to dance to their own tune. Guests spend three nights in the city's largest presidential suite, enjoy dinner at the Michelin star restaurant Edvard, will take the limousine to a classical concert and will then get world class musicians to play a waltz exclusively composed for each individual guest, right in their suite. The price of this unique experience is € 25.000 (!) stay for two persons. More info click here.
After a long reconstruction, the new Tokyo Okura Hotel and Annayake health club and Spa opened its doors this September. This French brand combines the traditional beauty secrets of East and West, merging several methods to treat both body and mind. The best of two worlds indeed.

The mythical Brussels nightclub Mirano will reopen this month: another boost for the local nightlife, already going strong with venues like Fuse, C12, Hangar, Love and many others. Party on bros!
Lazy Jack – which was BBT Online’s venue of choice for the 2018 summer workshop – will stay open until the end of 2020. After that the purpose of the venue will probably be re-evaluated.

Loganair now offers flights between Brussels and East Midlands Airport. From Monday to Thursday there is a connection in the morning as well as in the afternoon, and on Friday and Sunday there are only afternoon services.
As from next March, Brussels Airlines launches seasonal flights to Montreal. In summer season (March-October) five flights a week will leave to French Canada. In winter, the remaining flight capacity will be used to turn Washington DC from a summer destination to an all year one.

Claire Jeunhomme was named GM of the new NH Collection Antwerp Centre. The hotel opened its doors this September.
Sammy Bonnewijn is the new Sales & Account Manager for the Belgian business travel market at NMBS International.
Remco Gerritsen became the new GM of Hotel nhow Amsterdam RAI. Gerritsen has more than 20 years of international experiences as an executive in the hotel and real estate industry.
Anja De Haen became the new Senior Project Leader Sports & Events at BCD Sports – a branch of BCD Meeting & Events. She’s been working for the company for almost 25 years, and will now concentrate on organising marathon trips.
Laurent Meulewater left Voyages Léonard and is now working as Blue Sky Travel’s new Sales & Product Manager.
Carole McKellar, HelmsBriscoe Vice President for the EMEA region, was inducted in the Events Industry Council’s prestigious Hall of Leaders this month. She’s the first-ever European female to make the list. 


Karin de Graauw – Editor-in-chief BBT Online
Av. Louise 279 – 1050 Brussels – Belgium
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