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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 119th Take5 edition. Our Take5 newsletter is completely advertorial free.

Who is leading the meeting industry into the future? – In-depth article
IMEX 2019 IMEX 2019

Journalist Monica Rijpma attended IMEX 2019 for BBT Online last month. IMEX is not only one of the biggest trade shows in the Meeting and Event sector, but is a treasure trove for knowledge and information about the industry as well. `

Over 250 seminars and networking events are held here in the span of a few days, and Monica attended a bunch of them in order to present you with the latest trends to take note of.

Click here to read Monica’s contribution.

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Wish we were here!
Bizar Bazar Bizar Bazar

No exotic island destination this month, but a fantastically renovated venue in Arnhem in the Netherlands. A 19th century neo-gothic church was transformed into Bizar Bazar: a restaurant in a Moorish decor, with “floating” hotel rooms on poles looking out on the impressive dome.

The walls and roofs of the rooms are made out of class and allow for direct views of the ceiling and the busy restaurant below. Sounds like a place we need to visit.

Bizar Bazar Bizar Bazar Bizar Bazar
Events in a prison chapel
Reopening an old classic in Ghent
chapel of Merksplas

The monumental space of the former prison chapel of Merksplas (close to Turnhout), was recently turned into an event space.

There is room for 600 people standing or 300 seated guests, but things can be arranged to allow for more people to attend.

A large parking lot is available outside. The setting is impressive, and because of the construction the entire hall is pillarless.

chapel of Merksplas
Old Fish Mine

The Old Fish Mine in Ghent – stemming from the 17th century – was officially reopened after standing abandoned for over 20 years. It is now an exciting new venue for a wide array of events, congresses and product launches, on its familiar spot near the confluence of the city’s two rivers.

It can accommodate up to 1,300 people for events and is a very flexible and modular venue. 3 Square Events are the new owners, and with years of experience in their own business centre and restaurant, they will make this iconic venue a new strength for Ghent as a meeting destination.

Old Fish Mine
New bookable loft in Ghent
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This well designed place located in a former factory in the middle of the Ghent Harbour is now an atmospheric and artistic loft where smaller groups can find a perfect place to have a meeting or a dinner in an exclusive setting. Private parking and a garden are all available.

Dinner is suitable for up to 50 people, other events for up to 80.

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It's better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation!
A food court in a historic building
Dinner on a lake
food court

In De Vleeshalle in Mechelen, the place where butchers used to sell their slabs of meat, 12 little culinary businesses and a pop-up now give the best of themselves on a daily basis. It’s a beautiful, original location for you to buy fresh dishes to eat on the spot, or ingredients to take home with you to make your own creations.

The venue comes with a workshop space for about 20 people and a meeting room for about 10. Good for when you’re hungry after business.
Dinner on a lake

Started in 2016 as a one-time BBQ in the middle of a lake event, 'Dinner on the Lake' evolved into a spectacle that lasts the whole summer, offering Michelin starred four course meals, served by a different chef every day.

Two locations can be booked, one in Ghent, on in Terhills. There’s a second floor available on the floating restaurant, where you can enjoy a coffee or another drink after dinner. Don’t drop your fork though, you might have to dive to the bottom of the lake for it.
Events on your very own mega yacht
Sustainable fashion tours

Sometimes exclusive is just not enough for your most demanding clients. This where Allonautilus Charter comes in: a worldwide platform for renting private yachts offering hundreds of them in all shapes and sizescrew included of course.

An incredibly luxurious meeting on the water, a company party on a ship fit for an oil sheikh or an actual seven day teambuilding cruise? Everything is possible at the right price. Allonautilus Charter will be one of many top suppliers present on BBT Online's 16th b2b workshop of 24 June in Antwerp.

B.right is a company founded by Bie Noe from Antwerp three years ago, and it wants to inspire people to have a more sustainable relationship with their clothes.

To achieve this, she organises tours, interactive talks and workshops. Tours consist of an inspirational session and a visit to the sustainable fashion scene of the selected city. The perfect way to get in touch with some new fashion designers while actually buying sustainable outfits that weren’t made by a 10 year old in Bangladesh.
Bring true service into your organisation
A new charter for agency bids

Run your Hotel is an intensive and unique programme aimed at the management level of organisations that put a lot of emphasis on customer experience. In two days, with the help of the Hotel De Keizerskroon staff, you’ll learn how to bring true service into your organisation.

You will run every part of their hotel on day one: kitchen, housekeeping, service, reception and the managing board – with real guests, valuable feedback and a hands-on approach.

On day two, you’ll translate everything you learned to fit in your own organisation and raise your own service level.

UBA (Union of Belgian Advertisers), ACC (Association of Communication Companies) and UMA (United Media Agencies) published a joint code of conduct for the organisation of bids for several kinds of agencies: media, creative, event and PR agencies.

This self-regulating charter will improve and facilitate the organisation of conceptual selections and includes the basic rules on the number of agencies, the briefing, the timing, the expense allowance, the rating procedure and the intellectual rights for the advertisers. For the agencies it includes engagements around transparency, responsibility and fair practice.

The document is available on UBA’s, ACC’s and UMA’s respective websites.
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An apéro in a bag

Canapé is a small company completely focused on apéros. Last year, they introduced the ready-to-go aperobag. This is a fun bag full of fresh bits and bites, a bottle of wine, a placemat, toothpicks, napkins and everything else you need for a cosy apero moment.

The bags were put together by tv-chef Jeroen De Pauw and make for an original way of thanking or motivating people. And of course they are very practical to hand out on events.
Switzerland: jump in this train! – Destination Report
Switzerland Switzerland

From 22 to 24 March, the Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau, Radisson Blu Hotel Reussen Andermatt and the Lucern Convention Bureau invited eight travel & event agents from Belgium to go on a study trip to learn more about Lucerne and Andermatt MICE opportunities.

They visited the favourite region of German writer Goethe, which today is a year-round destination. Among them was Viviane Vaz, freelance journalist and communications manager at the Belgian travel and event agency Id International.

Click here to read the whole story.

Switzerland Switzerland Switzerland
Jak sie masz!? Welcome to Kazakhstan! – Destination Report
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan

Qvovadis, Trip to KZ, LOT Polish Airlines and BBT Online invited a small group of Meeting and Events agents for an educational trip to Kazakhstan. They visited the impressive capital Astana, full of modern high rise buildings and innovative architecture, as well as the vast steppes in the countryside and of course plenty of interesting MICE venues, restaurant and hotels.

Kazakhstan might not be the most well-known or popular destination around, but it sure had surprisingly much on offer, at almost unbelievable low rates.

LOT Polish Airlines and the DMC ‘Trip to KZ’ will be one of the many top suppliers of BBT Online’s b2b workshop on 24 June in Antwerp.

Click here for the full story.

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BBT Online’s bucket list – Daisy Tucci

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 Hilton Brussels Grand Place’s Commercial Manager Daisy Tucci.

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Join BBT Online’s b2b summer workshop

Register now for our 16th b2b speed-date workshop! It will take place on 24 June in the Felix Pakhuis. This historic warehouse is a multifunctional event space right next to the MAS Museum and the marina. Secure your spot now, as we only have place for 160 MICE planners and the registrations go fast.

Click here for the invitation and the registration form.

workshop workshop
workshop workshop
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Consult BBT Online's MICE agenda, and don't miss any event.
27 June, Mediahuis Antwerpen: The Hunt Speeddating. The third edition of this event organised by ACC and the Young Accounts will take place in Antwerp, and is a speed-date session between graduating students in marketing communication and agency managers. Looking for new talent (or for your first job)? Send a mail to to register for the event.
1 July, Beach Club WIJ, Scheveningen: BeachBrancheBBQ. Festive networking event for the event industry, with nice people, food and drinks, DJs and beach volleyball.
2 July, Brussels: France Inspirational Afterwork Workshop. An after-work event focused on France as a destination will take place in Brussels early July. Info:
10 July, Brussels: Association Summer Event. “Around the city, around the Clock” will offer a fun mix of presentations and great networking opportunities in different venues, allowing you to meet with other associations and discover some of the new hotspots in Brussels.
14-18 August, Grand Place, Brussels: Flowertime. More than 100,000 flowers, thirty floral artists and thirteen magnificent historical rooms: this summer, the creators of the Brussels Flower Carpet and the Ghent Floralies will once again join forces on the Grand Place.
5-8 September, eat! BRUSSELS, drink! BORDEAUX 2019. This annual festival celebrating our capital’s gastronomy and the wines of Bordeaux welcomes 18 new chefs and restaurants showcasing their dishes.
30 September, Train World Museum Brussels: Rail Away European Destinations by Train. This event is dedicated to MICE in European cities easily accessible by train. Meet city representatives and meeting specialists from Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland and the UK and learn about the high speed train routes connecting them.
6-7 November, Brabanthallen Den Bosch: Festivak 2019. This year’s edition comes with a lot of extra space for innovations and startups. Central to the whole hall, there will be a construction serving as an art gallery for innovative products.

Zip Now London, opening this June, is the biggest, fastest city centre zip wire experience in the world. Based in central London, you will start 35 meters up in the sky and slide down on a 225m wire with a speed of up to 50km/h. Exciting stuff for sure!
Brussels is offering new substantial incentives in the form of services to boost new, upcoming international events taking place in the city. Click here to see what they can offer you and whether or not your event is eligible.
Flanders and Brussels are attracting more and more international association congresses. According to ICCA, the two regions hosted a combined 240 of these congresses last year, 54 more than in 2017. That's a massive growth of almost 30%.
ICCA just published its new rankings. Paris rises to the top of the charts for most international association meetings hosted, follow by Vienna, Madrid, Barcelona, Berlin, Lisbon, London, Singapore, Prague and Bangkok. It seems like the new Paris Convention Centre opening 18 months ago had its influence on the ranking. In the list for countries USA takes first place, followed by Germany, Spain, France and the UK. Belgium is on the 15th spot.
This year Brussels celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first Tour de France victory of Belgian cycling legend Eddy Merckx by being the starting point for the 2019 Tour de France.

Ras Al Khaimah – probably the UAE’s least known emirate – is the host country of the 2020 holiday fair in Utrecht. Ras Al Khaimah is an attractive and relatively new destination in the Middle East and combines beaches, deserts, mangroves and impressive mountains into one magnificent setting.
Eventex just came out with an All-Stars Index of the top 30 worldwide event organisers and agencies, based on the number of first, second and third places they won in the ten year history of the Global Eventex Awards. The list is topped by Xsaga, a Dutch agency.
The European Association Summit 2020 launched a call for proposals. Discover the themes of next year’s event and submit your application to guide the future programme here. This first call ends on 20 June.
With the festival season on its way, Plastic Promise launched the Never Give Up On Your Cup campaign. The goal is to educate the Dutch festivalgoer to take their plastic drinking cups back to the bar, because cups that were dropped on the ground (and got a little sand in them) are far harder to recycle.

The Hotel in Brussels comes with a wonderful gesture. Under the tagline “Green is the new Black”, they will plant 100 trees in Belgium for every €5,000 you spend on meetings & events in their venue. Click here for more info.
YUST is an interesting new place in Antwerp, combining a hotel with flexible long term stay apartments, event space, a bar and restaurant and some room for art and culture. Staying here will give you the opportunity to share daily habitudes with other guests, enabling you to enrich your mind and knowledge and connect with others.
Things are finally starting to move for the renovation of the Thermae Palace Hotel and the Royal Galleries in Ostend. The city and the Flemish Government will cooperate and come up with € 10 million for a complete renovation. The current tenant will also invest in the project.
Kempinski will open a new luxury hotel in the Georgian capital Tbilisi in 2020. It will have at least 95 rooms and suites – some of the largest in the city – and will sport an exclusive rooftop terrace as well.
The beautiful Kulm Hotel St. Moritz has undergone the largest room renovation in its long history. Forty new rooms are available now, all incorporating traditional Swiss stone pine walls improving your sleep. Kulm Hotel St. Moritz will be one of many top suppliers on our b2b workshop on 24 June in Antwerp.
Leonardo Royal Hotel is a massive new venue in Amsterdam: 18 floors, 490 rooms, 11 meeting rooms and a 900m² ballroom looking out over the water.

At be-Mine in Beringen, Limburg, everyone is working hard to finish the redevelopment of a former energy building into a unique event location. After Watt-17, C-Mine and Thor Central, this will be the fourth former mine building to make the jump to the event industry.
Legendary dancing Cherry Moon in Lokeren will get a new life as a multifunctional event space, suitable for (yes) the occasional Cherry Moon house party but also for large product launches and company events. The biggest hall can accommodate up to 1,500 people, the smaller 400. “Radar” is the venue’s new name.
Toulouse’s New MEETT Exhibitions & Convention Centre will open with a major space industry event in June next year. MEETT offers 15,000m² of convention space able to accommodate up to 10,000 people. It comes with a 3,400 seat plenary hall and 12 modular meeting rooms. It also has a 14,000 m² central street that can be used for events, a 40,000m² Exhibitions Park and 5000 parking spaces.

After Tintin, Magritte, the Red Devils, Tomorrowland and the Smurfs, Brussels Airlines’ sixth Belgian Icon plane will be painted in the style of Bruegel the Elder – one of Belgium’s most famous classic painters. To make this happen, BA cooperated with Tourism Flanders and BOZAR.
Brussels Airlines launches its new Premium Economy cabins as from 1 August this year. It caters to long distance clients who want superior travel comfort without paying for a Business Class Seat. Premium Economy is completely separated from the rest of the plane and comes with 21 seats with more privacy, more leg space, better pillows, a wider arm rest and a bigger entertainment screen.

Catherine Latour has left her position as a Project Manager for YCare Opportunity after working for the company for over eight years. If you have an interesting proposition for her, mail
Seauton International is looking for a new Conference Manager to support the PCO and Association Management Team. If you would like to apply, click here to see the details of the job offer.


Karin de Graauw – Editor-in-chief BBT Online
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