Founded: December, 2001
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BBT Online - www.bbtonline.eu, 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 50 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.
The people behind bbt online:
|Karin de Graauw||
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 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, 14 years on, Karin has established it as a leading source of business travel news and MICE views, information and above all ideas, and it reaches far beyond Benelux to more and more MICE decision-makers around the world. It is a media which is honest, immediately accessible and does not rely on trees or postal services.
Karin has 1 son, James.
Karin won the MPI’s award ‘MICE Personality of the Year 2006’ on the 13th of January 2007.
Jonathan 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 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.
Colin Moors is from the UK but has been in Belgium for 16 years now. A journalist, writer and IT guy, his talents are diverse and useful. The newest member of the BBT Online team, he brings his in-depth knowledge of the English language to the writing team, along with a very British sense of humour.
As a writer and editor, he has worked on several high-quality Brussels-based monthly and weekly magazines and edited and written for many trade magazines and business-to-business publications.
He lives what he describes as "just far enough" from the centre of Brussels to enjoy the peace and quiet. When he's not hammering the keyboards he can be found indulging his main passion in life - food and drink. Whether it's cooking it, writing about it or eating it, he's happiest when he has a good dinner to look forward to. When pushed,n he will also accompany his wife walking and go to the cinema.
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