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In Tignes the ski season is still on
MSC Cruises launches Yacht Club
The Tignes (France) skiing season is far from being over. Tignes prides itself on excellent skiing conditions until late spring, with the season ending on May 3rd. The snow is of the best quality, the sun invites to sitting out on the terraces and good food and good bars!

Visit the Tignes website, www.tignes.net and enjoy the clip! Very hot!
The recently launched MSC Fantasia, the latest in the MSC cruise ships family, is the scene of the newest development in cruising: the Yacht Club. Imagine a 5 star cruise ship with a 6*deck: that is the Yacht Club. Compare it to the executive floor in a luxury hotel. Deluxe suites, butler service, specialised restaurant, extra perks and secluded from the rest of the ship, are at the heart of this newest luxury baby of MSC. Perfect for incentive groups.
For more details go to www.msccruises.com.

MSC Cruises in partnership with BBT Online invites 6 Belgian incentive agencies to discover the exclusive Yacht Club. The trip starts in Marseille the 28th and ends in Naples Monday the 30th of March. All expenses (flightticket, stay, etc) are taken care of.
Interested? Pls send us an email on info@bbtonline.eu

Hire your own hotel, it’s easy

40th Birthday Bash at the Life Gallery in Athens? Time to tie the knot at the secluded hillside retreat at the Alila Ubud in Bali? Want to treat your employees at the Mavida Balance Resort & Spa in Zell am See, Austria for a week of wellness and sensual experiences on all levels?

Want to host a new product launch at La Purificadora in Mexico? Time to run your own fashion show or record launch at LUX 11 in Berlin? Looking to hold your annual shareholders meeting at the Franklin in London? Ready to hold your next company meeting and post-meeting wine tasting at the Wine & Spa Resort Loisium Hotel in Langenlois, Austria? A very confidential meeting?

The Design Hotels™ answer is: GO PRIVATE! Hire your own hotel, it’s easy.

+49 69 66427 785

Fear of Flying !
Image coach shows you how to re-brand yourself
As the ‘Fear of Flying’ classes of 2008 were such a huge success, Brussels Airlines, Universiteit Gent and Brussels Airport have decided to give more people this year the opportunity to conquer their fear and organize 3 scientifically researched sessions in May, September and November of 2009.
For more details go to www.volersanspeur.org or www.vliegangst.org

Did people ever tell you that you’re different from how they imagined you when they didn’t know you yet? Maybe your clothes are saying something completely different than what you want to emit to your surroundings...
Your first impression counts: when meeting new people, at job interviews, when you meet your future partner... We form our opinion quickly and instinctively. Consult an image coach, and not only for women!

Valentine’s spirit continues

If you were too busy to celebrate Valentines Day then it is not too late! An extravagant ‘valentines package’ at Brussels’ Amigo hotel, featuring a bed strewn with rose petals, champagne and strawberries and an indulgently late 4pm check out is available until April; and at 350 euros per couple per night, you still have time to save up!

Looking for an original venue in Wallonia?

This fine Berber tent surrounded by palm trees offers corporate guests a magnificient and original setting. Set up in the sublime 30 hectare park of Chateau de la Rocq its interior is decorated in the style of a Marrakech riad. The setting is ideal for working in a comfortable and tranquil environment. The rooms can be adapted to your needs whether for a seminar, conference or commercial.
To get an impression of the size, for a sitting dinner there is space for 250 persons.

What’s on in Brussels – Brussels updates

BIP announces new venues in heart of Mont des Arts
instruMENTAL at the Instrumental Museum (MIM)

BIP has announced the opening of a range of newly-renovated meeting spaces both within the BIP building and at Hotel de Lailang on the Mont Des Arts. Available rooms include Hotel Lailing’s beamed ‘Salle Zinneke’ (seats 110) and BIP’s striking ‘Salledes Guichets’ (300 standing).

What has MIM got on the brain? That is the question many Brussels’ inhabitants or innocent bystanders will ask themselves in the coming month when looking at the familiar Old-England building. The answer is surprising in its simplicity: the enormous replica of the human brain is the largest piece of art ever displayed at the instrumental museum! What better way to illustrate the most accomplished human instrument?
Museum of Musical Instruments – MIM
www.mim.fgov.be - info@mim.fgov.be
(25/02 → 22/03/09)

Have you Poken yet?...

The latest craze in promotional gifts this year is definitely the Poken. Poken is a digital business card in keychain format. With Poken you are always linked to new friends and/or business relations. Social network details such as Hyves, LinkedIn or Facebook are now easily exchanged or kept.

Poken is a USB-stick with a little hand. When plugging the USB-stick in a computer follow the easy instructions to create your own profile. Once that is done you are ready to Poken! www.logoyourpoken.nl

Fair trade alternative for conferences

South African company Township Patterns has come up with an original hessian alternative to traditional conference bags. Sown from natural fibres by women’s cooperatives in Cape Town’s disadvantaged townships of Khayelishita and Mannenberg, the bags provide a fairly traded, environmentally friendlier and above all original alternative for conference organisers.

Teambuilding event - Horse Whispering works on humans too!

Swinton Park in North Yorkshire is a large, immaculately maintained Castle Estate dating from the 1600’s. It is the exuberant Felicity Lister’s family home and she now runs the house as a luxurious hotel, with 30 period rooms and meeting facilities. One of her many innovative team building options is ‘Communication Skills with a Horse Whisperer’, a programme that focuses on team dynamics and communication skills using horses to interpret body language and the other complex levels of communication that humans employ. With the pound at a record low and Leeds Bradford airport just 40 minutes’ drive away, this a very attractive opportunity for Belgian groups looking for something genuinely different but not too far away.

MPI, and the winner is...

On the 17th of February at the MPI Belgium BE conference the winners of the MPI Belgium Awards were announced:
Venue: Hotel Bloom, Brussels
Planner: Dries De Mare, Helmsbriscoe
Supplier: Kathleen Bertier, Meeting in Brugge
Young Professional: Charlottte Troubleyn, BCD Meetings and Incentives
MICE personality of the Year: Freddy Arnauts, Arnauts & Partners

So many seats - So many cities

For five days (starting today 2nd of March) during the Super Seat Sale at Etihad Airways, you can book any seat in the Coral Economy Class at amazing fares. You can enjoy some of the finest comforts in the sky, including award-winning cuisine and over 600 hours of entertainment.
Be quick - the 5-Day Super Seat Sale ends on March 6, 2009! Outbound travel until 30 April, 2009.
Return flight Brussels - Dubai at 349 euro. Abu Dhabi, Muscat and Bahrain - 349 euro. Johannesburg, Mumbai and Madras - 399 euro, Peking and Manilla - 499 euro and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane for 749 euro. All taxes included.


4 elements in just
1 day
9th Annual Cologne Congress Day Basel goes Van Gogh

Save the date: June 17th (Agencies) or June 18th (corporates) the 4 elements will be back in Brussels. Both afternoons the 4 elements represent an original concept: 40 exhibitors, specialists in Business Travel, of Belgium’s 4 neighbouring countries await your visit. This is joint promotion of Visit Britain, Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau, Nederlands Bureau voor Toerisme & Congressen, French Convention Bureau.
Info: myriam.winnepenninckx

The ninth Congress and Events Day takes place on 31 March 2009 - this year in the historic Gürzenich Köln. Organisers of this year’s event are the Cologne Convention Bureau, KölnKongress GmbH and the Cologne Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Preparations are reaching a fever pitch, and the day promises to be a captivating presentation of Cologne’s full range of offerings in the conventions, meetings and incentives sector.
To register go to www.conventioncologne.de

Vincent Van Gogh
Between Earth and Heaven:
The Landscapes
April 26 - September 27, 2009

A world-class art exhibition, never before seen in this form. The Kunstmuseum Basel presents a unique exhibition with 70 masterpieces from major museums and private collections in Europe, the U.S. and Asia. This is definitely a good opportunity to combine a conference or event in Basel with a visit to this exceptional exhibition.

7th of March – St Patricks Day
Saint Patrick’s Day is the national holiday of Ireland. This day is celebrated all over the world, even by the non Irish.
MITM Euromed in Oviedo, Northern Spain
The thirteenth edition of MITM Euromed, Meetings and Incentive Travel Market, will be held in Oviedo, Northern Spain on September 28th and 29th, 2009 where the brand new and spectacular Exhibition & Congress Palace “Ciudad de Oviedo”, a multipurpose complex designed by the famous architect and sculptor Santiago Calatrava will be presented to international MICE hosted buyers.
gsar@gsamark.com, T: +34 91 541 43 08, F: +34 91 542 07 00.

People on the move

Willem van der Zee has been appointed District Director Rezidor Benelux. In addition to his role as District Director, Willem will continue in his role as General Manager of the Radisson SAS Royal Hotel in Brussels.

Franklyn Hotels and Resorts (small luxury lifestyle hotels) recently appointed Alda Egurrola-Wienke as Regional Sales Manager. Alda will mainly be working in the Nothern European market with a special focus on the Benelux and Germany. She is the contact person forCorporate, Leisure and MICE accounts in that region, assisting with the complete portfolio of Franklyn Hotels and Resorts.

The Belgium chapter of the Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions has a new Senior Project Coordinator M&C :
An Van de Steen

Really short

New way of meeting people. Afterwork party at the Barsey Restaurant & Lounge, Av Louise 381 – 383, 1050 Brussels. Every first Wednesday of the month at 18 hrs. Dress code: be yourself! Theme of the 4th of March, 1001 nights fashion. Featuring a fashion show by Mestoui Wahiba, Belly dancers, Free Message. Reservation, Tel +32(0)2 - 641 51 36
Figures released by IATA show that business travellers are increasingly opting for cheaper seats. The number of passengers in first and business class declined by 11.5%!
Marion Flipse has been voted Miss MIM 2009 by MIM Magazine.
Ryanair will introduce mobile phone, sms, and Internet on its flights. Another initiative of the airline includes abolishing check-in desks; passengers will only be able to check in by Internet, and will have to print their tickets themselves.
Thai Airways International Public Company Limited won the prestigious ‘Aseanta Awards for excellence 2009’s on ‘Best Asean Conservation Effort Award’ for its “Keep the World Beautiful” with THAI campaign.
AIME 09 breaks records as visitor numbers rise by 9.6%.
The theme of the Zinneke Parade of 2010 has been chosen. Aan tafel! A table! Dinner is served!
On the 6th of February Sheraton Airport Brussels celebrated it 20th year of existence.
Worldhotels announced the opening of its new affliate hotel, the Buddha-Bar hotel in Prague. It is the first of a series of chic new hotels by the creators of the legendary BuddhaBar which started in Paris and has now expanded to prime sites in several major cities throughout the world.