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TAKE5 gives you an update on the latest Meetings, Incentives and Business Travel 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 our 93rd edition. All of our take5 articles are advertorial free.

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Print your own food
Martin's Red

Martin's Red – the latest project of the Martin's Hotels group – just opened and is to become official hotel of the Belgian Red Devils.

The venue is obviously well-equipped to accommodate high-level athletes, but not only them. It offers 79 modern guest rooms, a conference centre with a 160 seat auditorium, 3 translation booths, 6 meeting rooms and a banquet hall for 150 people.

It also comes with a fitness centre, a mini-spa and a sports bar & grill.

Martin's Red
Print your own food

Food Ink. in London claims to be the world's first 3D printing restaurant. It works with food syringes (like printer cartridges) in various flavours, and people can press a button to actually print their own food.

Even the chairs and the cutlery were 3D-printed on the spot.

We have no idea on whether it actually tastes good. Their 9 course dinners are £ 250 each, so cross your fingers.

Print your own food
It's better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation!
Floating hotel in Paris

The OFF Hotel Paris Seine allows you to book a floating hotel room on the Seine River in the heart of Paris. Does it get any better than this? You can even enjoy the outside pool after breakfast, all on the river itself.

Its 58 rooms are nice and spacious too, far from what you expect the cabin of a ship to be. The hotel is anchored at Port d'Austerliz in the 13th Arrondissement, offering unique views of both banks.

OFF Hotel

Want to sleep with a monkey, a tiger or even a polar bear? It's a free world!
Safari Lodges Safari Lodges

In the Safari Lodges of Zoo de la Flèche in Le Mans, you can do just this. These luxurious rooms look out on the animal exhibits from a glass wall. Rates start at   129 pp (depending on the room).

Sadly, everything is completely booked for 2016. Better luck next year!

Safari Lodges Safari Lodges
Safari Lodges Safari Lodges
Wine meets art

The new Quetzal Art Centre on the Quinta do Quetzal winery in the Portuguese Alentejo was just opened this September. Quetzal combines a winery with a contemporary art centre – the first of its kind in the region.

Dutch owners Cees & Inge de Bruin are art collectors and want to promote local as well as international names in their exposition space.

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Dining in a Milanese sawmill

Carlo e Camilla in Segheria is a fantastic looking Italian restaurant in Milan, housed beneath the high ceilings of a 1930s sawmill.

The kitchen is led by famous chef Carlo Cracco and the menu is based on seasonal and regional ingredients. They offer contemporary twists on simple Italian classics, but the biggest draw might be the venue itself: awe-inspiring.

Milanese sawmill

Brussels tourism crisis
Terrorism and events: what event planners need to know

Tourist attractions and museums in Brussels are still experiencing difficulties after the March 22nd terrorist attacks. Compared to last year, 40% less foreign tourists are visiting. These disappointing numbers are only partially compensated by a rise in domestic tourism.

Brussels Hotels Association compared the occupancy rates of this summer with those of last year. In total, there's a loss of 15% for the first weeks of July (compared with a 44% loss straight after the attacks in March).

Several campaigns by private and public actors managed to reduce the losses. The Nice attacks caused for new losses in August. Business travel seems to be recovering in Brussels, with more inquiries for October. Leisure tourism will take more time.


The recent geopolitical developments are putting event planners under an incredible pressure to secure the safety of their attendees.

With the contribution of top safety experts in the industry and law enforcement, Eventmanagerblog published the following article.

Very interesting read, click here.

Speakers session on threat of terrorism

On Tuesday, 11 October EMA Society organises an evening centred on the threat of terrorism in the world of events and how to deal with it.

Speakers will be Christian Wouters (Chief of Police in Brussels) and Geert Maes (Brussels Expo). They will talk about the procedures you'll have to deal with in case of the threat levels rising and their impact on events.

AgendaHow does the decision to cancel events come about and who is responsible for it? What was the impact of the March attacks on Brussels largest exhibition hall.
You'll hear it all in 3Square Ghent starting 6.30 pm, click here for more info.

Peter Lindbergh in kunsthal Rotterdam
Peter Lindbergh

From 10 September to 12 February, you can admire the internationally touring exhibition ‘Peter Lindbergh: a different vision on fashion photography' in the Kunsthal in Rotterdam.

The exhibition, curated by Thierry-Maxime Loriot, is a thematic retrospect of Lindbergh's vision on female beauty, his fashion photography and his social engagement. Very interesting for all photography enthusiasts.

More info, click here.

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Destination report: Ibiza


We wanted to make our 10th B2B workshop into something special. That's why we took 13 buyers (all BBT Online Club 100 member of course) and 7 suppliers - to Ibiza for a workshop on the beach.

Most people only think of the island as a party destination, but it's so much more. Before and after the workshop which took literally place on the beach, Global Star Events took us on a two day tour of the island, allowing us to discover surprising hidden venues and lots of sights and experiences far away from the party scene.

Click here to read our destination report.

Ibiza Ibiza
Ibiza Ibiza
First BBT Online workshop abroad took place on Ibiza

Taking a group of planners and suppliers on a 2.5 day trip to Ibiza for a B2B workshop is a lot different from the usual B2B workshops we organised all around Belgium throughout the past few years. It turned out to be a wonderful idea.

The buyers and suppliers were both happy and everyone had the opportunity to discover a fantastic MICE destination first-hand at the same time. Because of the success of our endeavour, we will most likely organise other workshops on a different location abroad in the near future – only for our faithful Club 100 members of course.

Keep your eyes on our newsletters to find out where the next one will be. Interested to participate as buyer or supplier? Mail us on

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BBT Online at Burning Man

Our friend Gilles Devos – Director of Sales at The Dominican, Brussels – fulfilled a lifelong dream this summer.

Together with colleague/friend Roelof Meijering, he travelled all the way to the Nevada desert to indulge himself in the madness, the heat and unbelievable creativity & brotherhood that is Burning Man. BBT Online sponsored a part of the trip and asked Gilles for a full report.

Click here to read it all! Click here to view it all!!

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Burning Man Burning Man
BBT Online's Bucket list

Every month we ask some prominent MICE personalities and members of BBT Online's Club 100 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 co-founder LinkThree's – venue finding – Amaury Vanhoutteghem (31). Click here to see his list.

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As well as Andy Reynaert (42) – Event, party and MICE planner, Managing Director of Event Makelaar. Click here to see his list.

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Consult BBT Online's MICE agenda, and don't miss any event.
2-4 October, Tour & Taxis, Brussels: I Love Horeca. The second edition of this tradeshow will double in size compared to last year. 150 exhibitors have already signed up.
3 October, Martin's Red Hotel, Tubize: BATM Educational Forum. This edition of the BATM forum will focus on traveller centricity: the uniting of technology and customer service, catering to the experience of the business traveller to improve his/her travel experience. Click here to register.
Starting on October 4th, MPI Belgium organizes every month a get-together at MPI Café in Café Le Grand Central in Brussels from 6-8 pm. A great place to drink and chat with members and to come along with potential new members. The first drink is offered by MPI Belgium.
The no-nonsens Trade Fair: Event Summit. In Maastricht the first Event Summit will be organized at the 11th of October. Planners of events and meetings meet here suppliers and get inspired by interesting presentations. More info, click here.
October, 17 – 18. Workshop Slovenia in Brussels and Antwerp. More info and inscriptions,
Looking for interesting new MICE suppliers in France? The 4th edition of France Meeting Hub is the place to be. Organised from 8 to 9 November in Paris, this unique international networking event will allow you to discover the best France has to offer on the MICE market. More info, click here.
14-15 November, ACC Belgium Offices, Brussels: Presentation Skills workshop. This 2-day workshop by Bodytalk UK is designed to train your professional presentation, body language and vocal skills. Click here to register.
Rotterdam Partners and The Hague convention bureau organise a famtrip on November, 17 – 19. More info behind this link.
21-22 November, Hotel Crowne Plaza Le Palace, Brussels: MICE Place. Looking for new ideas for incentives or for new destinations abroad? Meet top suppliers from the North of France and Europe here. Click here to register.
BBT Online B2B Workshops: 9 January 2017 (incentive and event agents) -10 January (corporates and associations). Join us for another day of networking and fun, with a new selection of top suppliers from Belgium and abroad! Venue: Lamot, Mechelen/Malines. Our second workshop for 2017 will take place on 3 and 4 July.
Meetings Morocco will take place January 12 – 13 in Marrakech. Interested to go as a hosted buyer? Follow this link.
18-20 April 2017, Shanghai, China: IT&CM China. Want to join us to Shanghai as a hosted buyer? IT&CM China is the biggest MICE trade show in China, offering you the opportunity to meet quality suppliers from all over Asia. Mail us

Utopolis in Mechelen now allows you to make your own film as a teambuilding activity. From brainstorming sessions to camera work, sound, directing and acting. Fun and creativity guaranteed!
Center Parcs and Sunparks are the first in the bungalow market to introduce flexible check-in and check-out times. Now everyone can arrive on six different days in the week instead of only on Monday or Friday. The duration of the stay can be adapted as well.
Every Thursday night from 15 September until 8 February, at least 5 different museums in Brussels will open their doors to the public. In total, 69 museums will take part in the Nocturnes. All of them will offer a varied programme of tours, workshops and demonstrations. Rates are a democratic  3 for adults and  1.5 for kids. Some museums are free of charge.
According to ICCA (International Congress & Convention Association), Ghent was the 89th most popular congress city worldwide in 2015, compared to a 134th place in 2014. Other Flemish cities in the list were Antwerp (119), Leuven (139) and Bruges (254). has launched a new ‘Association Bureau'. The project is meant for International Associations headquartered in Brussels or wishing to expand their activities in the capital of Europe. Click here to read more.
The next edition of Solvay's Executive Master in International Association Management starts in January 2017. The objective of the 17-day executive master course is to enhance the leadership, strategic planning and management skills of Europe's top association professionals and to highlight the best practices across the association sector. Click here to read more.
A vast range of training, networking and education initiatives are available for international associations in Brussels. Behind this link you can find the calendar for the upcoming events.
'The event professional's handbook' aims to inspire, encourage and guide anyone working in - or thinking about working in - the events industry. Its contributors represent some of the most interesting thinkers and practitioners in the industry today. You can download a copy totally free of charge, behind this link.
SITE Foundation announces Auction 2.0, a fund-raising initiative to support its mission to enhance the awareness and effectiveness of motivational experiences and incentive travel. Held in association with SITE Classic and SITE Nite North America, the online auction is open and close 24 October, the Monday following IMEX America.
Participation in the auction is open to the public, so share with your family and friends and #bidforit!
Business Events Canada held in Brussels on 20th September a business event in Cercle de Lorraine. The event hosted 30 buyers from the events industry. Bruno Fadholi of BCD Meetings & Events was the lucky winner of the tombola: a flight and stay in Canada for 2 persons. More info:

Hilton Garden Inn – HiltonWorldwide's mid-scale brand – opened a new venue in Brussels. Hilton Garden Inn Brussels Louise has 143 rooms and is located in the capital's art deco neighbourhood close to the European Parliament.
With the ending of the franchise contract on 1 September, the owners of the former Golden Tulip Brussels Airport Hotel have decided to change the venue's name to Parker Hotel Brussels Airport.
Lobster Bar Savage in Antwerp takes fresh lobster from a luxury food you might eat once or twice a year, to a tasty snack you get in a sandwich. Service is casual, the atmosphere is cosy: no overly fancy stuff, just good tasty food.
Four Seasons is expanding, with lots of new luxury hotels in exclusive locations. This clip will give you a sneak peek of some of the new venues, click here.

Brussels Airlines will offer 5 direct weekly flights to Mumbai as from March 2017. Return tickets will start from   399. Quite a deal if you ask us.
Starting 28 October, Jetair will fly directly from Brussels to Gambia twice a week for the entire winter. According to Jetair, The Gambia is a winter destination that guarantees lots of sunshine and pleasant weather, offering a nice mix of beaches, nature, and couleur locale.
Lufthansa will take over Brussels Airlines. The Germans hope to have an agreement with the Belgian shareholders who are dissatisfied with the low price paid by Lufthansa. More info, click here.

After four years, William van Wassenhove left his job as Director of Business Development at The Hotel in Brussels to move to New York for new adventures. Joséphine Thin will take over his duties for now.
Cyril Manguso became the new General Manager of Sofitel Brussels Europe, part of Accorhotels Luxury & Upscale Brands.
Olivia van der Ghinst returns to Star Clippers as their new Benelux Sales Manager, a title she had held for 16 years already, before leaving the company a couple of years ago.

BBT Online Club 100 welcomed the following new member last month:

If you’re interested in joining, don’t hesitate any longer. You will find the conditions and the existing members behind this link. Membership is linked to the person, not the company. Where are the suppliers btw? With so many planners joining us these days, they should take the opportunity.

BBT Online Club 100: the place where you meet more planners than suppliers!


Laughing is good for you. Is there anything more amusing than seeing somebody else fall in an awkward way? Yes there is! Seeing them fall awkwardly in slow motion, with soothing classical music playing in the background. Exactly what this video will show you: Click here.


Karin de Graauw – Editor-in-chief BBT Online
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