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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 114th Take5 edition. All of our take5 articles are advertorial free.

Carpooling for events
A Belgian booking tool for flights

Mobility is always an issue when organising events - and there’s only room for so many cars. CovEvent is a web and mobile platform that organises carpooling between event guests, because less cars means less pollution and less traffic.

You can register yourself as a driver to an event you’re going to, and others can then find you and become your passenger. Drivers are of course rated and checked. This is actually a great networking tool as well, because you’re bound to do some talking if you’re stuck in a car together.

CovEvent is available on Google Play and the App Store.

Getflights - Groupflights is a Belgian online broker with its own B2B booking tool 'Cockpit' for tickets from 1-9 people. They are specialists in booking tickets for groups as from 10 too.

Extra services like visa handling, transport, promo fares and air passes are handled as well. For the MICE industry, the company offers several solutions for congresses where clients from different countries have to get to the same venue. Offices in Delhi, Santiago, Cusco and Miami were opened to get access to the best local tariffs.

For less common routes, Getflights – Groupflights can use charters.,
European Association Summit
European Association Summit From 28 February to 1 March, Square Brussels Convention Centre will be home to EAS 2019. EAS is the leading event for association professionals in the country, and offers peer to peer learning experiences, as well as an opportunity to build your network, share your views and have your voice heard.

It comes with keynote speeches, as well as interactive audience sessions. Connect with other international associations and develop new ideas or new ways of cooperation. Registration for EAS 2019 is now open.

Click here to register.
Looking back on our 15th b2b speed-date workshop
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BBT Online always tries to go the extra mile in everything it does. This is also true for our monthly Take5 newsletters which are totally(!) advertorial free. All our newsletters can be found back in our archive,

As far as our workshops go, boring is not an option. We want to create b2b events to remember, with lots of entertainment, food and drinks and fun activities, all while everybody gets the opportunity to mingle, learn, network and create business opportunities.

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Herewith we would like to thank all planners, suppliers, entertainers, etc present at our 15th b2b workshop and making it a fantastic and colourful edition. Relive it here, with the official 2 minutes event movie we just published.

Looking for the pictures? You can check them out here, here and here. We created 3 different sets.

Our next editions will be on Monday, 24 June and 2 December 2019. (If for one reason or another you think these dates are bad days for organising our workshop, we appreciate it if you inform us). Bookings are open.

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A sauna in the sky
A very cosy meeting venue

SkyNooz is a brand new penthouse in Antwerp’s highest tower (excluding the cathedral that is). It comes with a sauna, hammam, jacuzzi and a private cinema with an impressive sound system.

Even better is the view you can enjoy while you indulge yourself in this wellness experience. From the 21st floor of the building you’ll enjoy a fantastic panorama over the Scheldt river, the MAS Museum and the rest of the city.

You can book duo massages, dinners, brunches and even a private butler. You can of course also spend the night.

Douviehuis is a beautiful new venue and holiday home in Watou (Poperinge). It offers 430m² of space.

Finished this year, it has both modern and authentic design touches. It comes with two salons that can be used as meeting spaces. One of them – next to a fully equipped kitchen – comes with a screen, beamer and boardroom table for 14 people. The other is more suited for breakout sessions.

The house has 10 rooms with one or more beds and eight bathrooms, and can be rented as from 1.100€ per night for the entire place.
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A winter village in Antwerp
New event venue in Brussels
Club Cabane

Club Cabane winter edition is a festive winter village with a Christmas market and a covered ice skating rink in on Antwerp’s left bank, on the same location where we organised our hippie themed b2b workshop in the summer of 2016.

The location can be privatised for events for groups and companies as well, for New Year’s drinks and events, or for icy team-buildings.
Modern Event

The team behind the Wild Gallery and Docks Dome just came out with a third venue for events. It’s called the Modern Event and promises to be one of the capital’s most stylish venues, combining architectural beauty with contemporary design.

It comes with lots of natural light, 1850m² of space, a spectacular entrance hall, 2 elegant meeting rooms and room for up to 350 guests in two connected spaces.
Events in a greenhouse
Event spaces in an auction house

Donatienne’s Greenhouse is an event location close to Brussels. In this beautiful greenhouse full of plants, you can hold events for up to 100 people. Dinners, receptions, presentations: everything is possible.

A lot of different catering formulas are available as well. The venue comes with a 2000m² garden that can be used at the same time. Perfect setting for when you need your event to look fresh.
Auction House

Auction House Bernaerts has 2 new halls on offer. Besides the auditorium and the two exposition halls, guests can now also be welcomed in the stylish and modern Box and Parcours halls, where the newest auction pieces will always be on display.

The new halls have a capacity of 100 people for receptions. Click here for an overview of all of the six available spaces.

Click here for a video clip of the new halls.

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WTF!? A new event space in Ghent
New conference space in Limburg

WATT The Firms (WTF – nice abbreviation) is a hypermodern office and event location with a lot of focus on technology and sustainability. The former Elektrion site used to be one of the most polluting places in Ghent, but was recently redeveloped into the most sustainable quarter of the city.

It houses 16 private office spaces, but offers several meeting and event spaces as well. You can book a meeting in a meetbox, a dinner in the penthouse or a seminar with foodbar in the Gallery.

From now on you can also organize a meeting, incentive or event at Terhills Hotel in Maasmechelen, thanks to the newly built and adjacent 'Terhills Conference', accessible via a glass walkway from the hotel.

The four-star boutique Hotel Terhills added 2 extra meeting & event rooms by opening their conference facility. The two new rooms can accommodate up to 120 guests.
Design, food and meetings

De Borght is an interior design shop in Mechelen, where you can buy everything to lighten up your home or business, from flowers and pieces of art to functional furniture.

It also comes with a fine dining restaurant called Stassart11, serving wonderfully plated dishes. A naturally lit meeting room for 20 to 30 people is available as well.

Looks like a wonderful place for smaller events in a stylish setting.

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A new hotel in Bruges
A secret garden near Brussels Airport
Radisson Blu Hotel Brugge

Last month, Radisson Blu Hotel Brugge was festively opened. This brand new hotel, part of a whole development site called “New Bruges”, comes with 109 rooms and 6 meeting rooms.

The venue is located close to the train station and at walking distance of the city’s historic centre. On top of the hotel, 18 luxury apartments were built offering great city views. A la carte restaurant Black Swan will take care of all your culinary needs.
Van Der Valk

Van Der Valk Hotel Brussels Airport came up with a unique concept this winter. Throughout the season, their terrace will serve as a winter party location. Dubbed Garden of Secrets, the concept comes with open fires, soft sheepskin blankets, lots of lights and warming drinks: all in an exclusive Dome tent.

There’s even an ice skating rink to enjoy. A nice venue for company Christmas and New Year parties.
Luxury boutique hotel opens in Ghent

The newly designed Pillows Grand Hotel Reylof, located in a Louis XIV style townhouse right next to the historic centre of Ghent, recently opened its doors to the public.

It comes with 157 luxury rooms and suites, a modern spa located in a historic coach house, a restaurant with terrace, a wine bar, 8 lofty salons and several rooms that can be used for meetings and events. The largest can accommodate around 100 guests.

Another great addition to the Ghent hotel portfolio.

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Become a hosted buyer on IT&CM China

BBT Online has been a media partner for the IT&CM trade shows for many years, which allows us to bring our own hosted buyers to the event.

Next on the schedule is IT&CM China 2019, hosted in Shanghai from 19-21 March. Want to be part of the biggest MICE trade show in China, meet every important player in the region, make use of the many networking opportunities and enjoy some pre and post tours through the area?

Send us a mail at
BBT Online’s bucket list – Sophie Coumont

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 Sophie Coumont, GM of Hotel de la Source.

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Consult BBT Online's MICE agenda, and don't miss any event.
Till 6 January: Ice Sculpture Festival Bruges. For the first time Bruges’ famous sculpture festival will be partly digitized: 40 artists, 3000 blocks of ice, 100 projections and 523m² of LED-wall. Get ready for a magical show.
9-12 February, The Hague: European Meetings & Events Conference. Register for EMEC 2019 and meet professionals from all over the world, discover new formats and concepts and learn from experts from both inside and outside of the industry.
13-19 February, Edinburgh: European Cities Marketing Meeting. Leading international experts, event owners and selected international showcases will provide you with the insights and inspiration you need to better cultivate the event scene in your own city.
14-19 February, Bright Brussels: Festival of Light. This annual light festival will illuminate various quarters of central Brussels. From the docks and the Nouveau Marché aux Grains to the Beguinage, many original works will brighten up the capital.

The City of Antwerp wants to have Antwerp-Central as a stop for the Eurostar between London and Amsterdam. Whether or not it will happen depends on the costs: Eurostar connections come with separate check-in desks, digital scanners and separate platforms.
The beast is the world’s coolest inflatable obstacle course for grownups, and it’s coming to Antwerp from 14 to 23 December. Lots of formulas are available for companies or large groups. More info, click here.
UniQuest Travellers was awarded Best Travel Agent in Belgium on the annual Travel Magazine Travel Awards in the Antwerp Hilton last month. Congratulations!
On the same Travel Awards, Event Masters received the award for Incentive Agency of the Year. Another round of congratulations is due!
More awards still: Event agency KonseptS received a silver award for 'Best B2B event over €500,000' on the BEA World Festival in Portugal. They got the award for their 'Smart Air Solutions Days' for Atlas Copco. Another success for the Belgian MICE industry.
EventMB just published a list of the ten hottest event trends for 2019. You can download it for free here.
Wonderful news! Gorilla Matadi - the mascot of A Room with a ZOO – just became a father. The birth is important for the endangered western lowland gorilla. It is also important for the Zoo, since a baby gorilla means the biggest business boom since Kai-Mook.

Six Senses Crans-Montana will open in 2021 with 47 fully furnished apartments and 17 residences in the heart of the Swiss Alps. The resort comes with two restaurants, a bar, a world-class spa and a magnificent mountain terrace.
Sweet Inn is a website offering hundreds of stylish apartments for rent all over Europe. Their tagline is “Book an apartment, be treated like a hotel guest”.
Hotel Antwerpen Zuid is brand new, and is the first venue of French hotel chain B&B in the Benelux. They have 460 hotels all over Europe and they are one of the market leaders for affordable stays. Antwerpen Zuid offers 108 rooms and an underground parking lot.
Corendon Village Hotel Amsterdam just opened its Corendon Conference Centre. Eleven fully equipped and flexible meeting rooms are available. They allow for events of up to 400 guests in theatre style and 600 for receptions.
Brussels will get a giant indoor food market, focused on biological products. The old office building at Wolvengracht will get a complete renovation and will – if all goes well – open for foodies next summer.
The Avocado Show in Amsterdam – the first avocado restaurant in the world – is opening a second and bigger venue in Brussels. If this one runs well, lots of other venues will open all over Europe.
The Jeunes Restaurateurs (JRE) of Belgium came out with a gin of their own. ‘Cockney’s gin inspired by JRE’ will be available in all member restaurants (27 of them) as well as in stores.

Emirates will soon be launching the world’s first 'biometric path', which will use the latest technology in facial and iris recognition. This will cause Emirates passengers to be identified while walking through the airport, allowing them to check into their flight, fill in immigration forms and enter the lounge without extra checks.
Ryanair announced six new Belgian routes for next summer. Four are from Brussels Airport: Amman, Gerona, Marrakesh and Pisa. Two others fly from Charleroi: Banja Luka and Palermo.
Pobeda Airlines – part of Aeroflot – will connect Eindhoven to Moscow (Vnukovo Airport) as from 21 December. The flights will leave at 10:05 am every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Up to 40% of people have some form of fear of flying. To battle this, Corendon pilot Kelly Otte wrote a book full of practical tips to get past your anxiety.
Brussels Airlines is replacing seven of its ten A330 long haul planes. This is the largest investment project in the company’s 16 year long history.

James Rees, Executive Director at ExCeL London, was elected as the new ICCA president at the General Assembly of the 57th ICCA Congress in Dubai last month. Cartagena, Colombia was chosen as the host city for the 2021 ICCA Congress on the same event.
Wouter Claessens will leave incentive agency Upgraded after a ten year career with the company, looking for a brand new challenge.


Karin de Graauw – Editor-in-chief BBT Online
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