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Sunday, March 29th 2020.


Editorial Office

BBT Online
Av Louise 279
1050 Brussels

Tel. +32 (0)476-267567
BE 0865.922.661

Founded: December, 2001



You want to be informed of the latest developments in the world of meetings, events, and incentives?

BBT Online -, is the online magazine that brings you the latest and most interesting updates!

Our monthly Take5 newsletter brings you the newest trends and products, insider reports & comments, views, as well as a variety of articles on destinations and subjects close to the heart of the Meetings, Events and Incentives players.
Our readers work mainly in the Benelux. We have over 10,000 professional contacts in Belgium and 10,000 in the neighbouring countries (the Netherlands, France, UK and Germany).

BBT Online organises two B2B Speed Date Workshops every year. We invite 100 qualitive national and international suppliers: convention bureau's/hotels/meeting venues/DMC's etc to Belgium, and bring them into contact with the top Belgian Buyers for one-on-one meetings.
All of our editions sell out in a flash.  They're the perfect way to network with potential (new) business partners.

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The people behind bbt online:

Karin de Graauw 
Jonathan Ramael
Joëlle Yana
BBT Online

Jonathan Ramael Journalist


Joëlle Yana Webmaster



Jean-Paul Meus 
Monica Rypma
Jean-Paul Meus Corporates & Associations

Monica Rypma Creative Producer – The Netherlands



BBT Online Short Profiles

Meet BBT Online’s international team of workers and writers. They are from many different backgrounds, but they all share one common passion – The world of Meetings and Events.

Karin DegrauwKarin de Graauw is Dutch, but has lived and worked in Belgium for 30 years. She started in the hotel business with Sheraton and then joined BP as Travel Manager for five years when their European Headquarters was still in Brussels.

From BP she went into magazine publishing and by 2001 was already convinced that the future of travel industry news & information lay in the internet. She created BBT Online.

As an online magazine, BBT Online is both comprehensive and unique. Today, 18 years on, Karin has established it as a leading source of MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Congress and Events) news, information and above all ideas, and it reaches far beyond Benelux to more and more MICE decision-makers around the world.

Karin has 1 son, James.

Karin won the MPI’s award ‘MICE Personality’.

Jonathan RamaelJonathan Ramael, born and raised in Antwerp, holds master degrees in Strategic Communication, International Relations and Visual Culture. Despite those credentials he started working as a journalist, copywriter and photographer in 2009. He joined the BBT Online team in 2010 and has been writing and traveling for us ever since.

His articles and pictures were published in several travel magazines, newspapers and websites in Belgium and the Netherlands. In 2014, he started working as a photographer for the city of Antwerp, making footage for their various publications.

When he’s not working, he likes to play music, have a drink, make pictures, read a good book or discover the world one small step at a time.

Jonathan still lives in the center of Antwerp and will probably stay there for quite a while longer. Currently, there's no wife or kid to be found.

Joelle YanaJoelle Yana has a degree in communication. She is specialised in multimedia and has been working in this field for 15 years. She founded the company Vertige (specialised in non-profit web); Y-media (specialised in multimedia projects); and La Tricoterie (links factory): a new event venue in Brussels.

She’s been working for BBT Online as a webmaster and web designer for nearly ten years now. Outside of work, she’s interested in philosophy, intergenerational relationships, theatre and food.

Jean-Paul MeusJean-Paul Meus is an entrepreneur from Antwerp, who founded an international Christmas decoration company with prestigious clients in every major city.

On his last business trip to Bali in 2016, he noticed there was trash all over the place. He started cleaning up the beach himself, and vowed to pick up litter for ten minutes each day from then on. This is how on 5 May 2016 was born.

Soon he started challenging others to follow in his footsteps. Karin de Graauw quickly got charmed by the project and became friends with the man with the plan. This is why she asked Jean-Paul to join the BBT Online team, to strengthen our connections with the world of corporates and associations.

Monica RypmaMonica Rypma is a Dutch global citizen who worked and lived in 7 countries. She is driven by creativity and every aspect of cross-cultural exchange. Combining a partime singing career (that started in London) with a day job in the hospitality and MICE industry, she has managed a Radisson Resort in Garda-Italy, had her own PR company in Nice-France and owned two tourism businesses in New Zealand. While in New Zealand she learned to speak some Maori and she fluently speaks five languages.

She has written for MICE and travel magazines in Europe and New Zealand. Monica will represent BBT Online in Flanders and The Netherlands.





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