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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 BBT Online’s 103rd Take5 edition. All of our take5 articles are advertorial free.

Antwerp’s newest top hotel & restaurant
Events in a castle
Hotel Franq

Hotel Franq is a new, luxurious boutique hotel/gastronomic restaurant that opened in the centre of Antwerp this August.

The hotel is located in a former bank building (hence the name, remember the Belgian Franc) and offers 42 rooms, a classy boardroom for 20-30 people, great food and close proximity to most major sights as well as the University of Antwerp – by itself of course a popular congress location.
Salons van Edel

Salons van Edel is a wide range of event halls available in the renovated castle of Hof Terbeke in Wilrijk, Antwerp.

The venue comes with seven rooms for big or smaller events, a nice garden and it has its own in-house restaurant. Considering the whole place was practically a ruin before the renovation, the result is simply impressive. Perfect for the classiest of events.
New event location in Antwerp
Meetings in the Sonian forest

Sanba is a new event location on ‘t Eilandje in Antwerp. It also serves as a breakfast and lunch spot, a bar and a co-working space.

It’s located in the historic luggage warehouse of the famed Red Star Line and offers an industrial interior with lots of open space and colour.

It has a floating bar and an elevated podium with a view on the Scheldt. Worth checking out for sure.
Sonian Forest

At the entrance of the Sonian Forest near Brussels lies Hippo-Droom – a charming meeting and event location in a green environment. It comes with several meeting rooms and a brasserie serving local dishes. There are eight rooms.

Also part of the venue is eye-catcher the Royal Lodge, an imposing building used by the king when he attended the races. Suitable for an event of 60 persons max. -
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New MICE venue in Genk

Thor Central is a brand-new convention venue on an old mining site in Genk with meeting capacity for up to 300 people and room for much larger events. It offers contemporary meeting facilities in a historic setting.

Thor Central is part of Thor Park, Limburg’s hotspot for technology, energy and innovation. It was also the venue of choice for Seauton’s Alive & Kicking party: a new networking event aimed at bringing the meeting industry together.

Check out the pictures here.

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New venue in the Ardennes

A few kilometres from Rochefort and Han-sur-Lesse, Patrick Goovaerts refurbished a two 16th-century barns into a spacious, cosy and luxurious accommodation ideally suited to business purposes. They offer modern facilities decked out in authentic attire.

Au rythme de Belvaux is the ideal operating base for groups wanting to engage in leisure or business activities, get some sports in or immerse themselves in local culture and history. It offers a lot more than just another holiday home. Eight rooms are available, but all facilities and culinary, recreational and sporting services are at your disposal as well.

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Antwerp to host Association World Congress
Association World Congress Next year, the Association World Congress – one of the more important gatherings in the industry – will be hosted by the city of Antwerp. Hundreds of international association leaders will stay in Flanders’ biggest city, which will be a unique Association World Congressopportunity to further promote the value of the region as a congress destination. Around 450 delegates are expected.

The event will take place from 12 to 14 March 2018, in the brand new and impressive Flanders Meeting & Convention centre in the Antwerp Zoo. BBT Online is media partner of this event.

Roundtable session on planner/supplier relationships
SITE & MPI Global Forum 2018

MPI Belgium is holding a roundtable session on the ‘Four pet peeves of planner/supplier relationships and the ways to avoid them’ in Brussels. Join the conversation on 19 October at Aloft hotel Brussels Schuman starting at 3 pm.

How to manage planner/supplier expectations? What are the best ways to approach a planner? What is the role of the venue finder in this relationship? Who is responsible for the insurance of event participants?

These questions and many more will be discussed, and you can add new topics yourself. Register here.

SITE and Meetings Professionals Intl (MPI) have joined forces to host the SITE & MPI Global Forum taking place from 12 to 14 January in Rome next year. Two industry-leading global brands will share industry trends, offer innovative and relevant education and provide a collaborative environment for networking and business exchanges.

Joint sessions, as well as incentive travel and meetings management education tracks will allow delegates to customize their experiences. Exciting tours will provide ample opportunity to explore the eternal city.

Register here.

It's better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation!
Informal networking opportunities

OpenCoffeeClub was founded by Saul Klein in 2007, with the goals of bringing together entrepreneurs and investors. It eventually led to a worldwide informal networking club which now also has a Belgian branch. is an easily accessible way to allow business people to meet and keep in touch. Goals are to actively support the local networks, and to allow entrepreneurs to utilise these networks afterwards. It’s voluntary and free of charge.
Job offers – We want you!

We need you

Job opening at Midnight Coffee
Midnight Coffee is looking for a new project coordinator/manager with at least five years of experience in the MICE industry. Sounds like the perfect job for you? Click here to apply!

Seauton is looking for you
Seauton is looking for a highly talented project manager for their department PCO and Association Management department.
Seauton is specialised in Association Management and an expert in the organisation of national and international meetings, congresses and events. The company is based in Wijgmaal (Leuven, Belgium) from where it operates worldwide.
Do you have what it takes?

To The Point Events is expanding
Because of the growth of the company, To The Point Events is looking for people to strengthen the team. Do you have at least two years of experience in event management (preferably B2B) and do you think you would fit the team? Are you bilingual, do you have an eye for detail, are you creative and can you cope with stress? Send a mail with your CV and motivation letter to

Invitation: Spanish famtrip to Alicante and Elche

The Spain Convention Bureau and the Spanish Tourist Board in Brussels invite Belgian Meeting and Incentive planners to an exciting educational trip to the Alicante-Elche region.

During the trip you’ll not only discover some of the best meeting venues and hotels on offer but also have the opportunity to get to know key MICE destinations such as Madrid, Seville, Alicante or Valencia.

You’ll also enjoy several teambuilding and wellness activities. The trip takes place from 9 to 12 November. The weather will still be very mild at that time.
Interested? Send us a mail to

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BBT Online’s after movie is ready
Terms of engagement - Guestwriter

Did you miss our last workshop on July 3, or do you simply want to relive the Burning Man atmosphere that made it so great? Well you can!

Nextar has put together a fantastic after movie for us, capturing the entire day in just 2 minutes! You can watch it by clicking here. Don’t miss our next workshop on January 15 in Holiday Inn Brussels Airport. What can you expect? A winter bar with over 7,000 lights. We’ll make it magic!

Don’t forget: MICE suppliers, early bird rates last until 15 October! MICE planners, you can already register via If you wish we offer you a free overnight stay in the hotel.


Hugo Slimbrouck

This month, Ovation Global DMC’s Hugo Slimbrouck talks about incentive travel as a motivational tool. In the 21th century, cash rewards are no longer the ideal tool for boosting performance.

Engagement driven motivation by satisfaction or pleasure derived from the task itself has a more long term effect, and to many, travel is a major driver of engagement.

Read the whole article behind this link.

Real Short !!

Consult BBT Online's MICE agenda, and don't miss any event.
Till 29 October: Brussels Expo: TOTEM. The famous Cirque du Soleil returned to Belgium with a brand new spectacular show – this time the artists act out nothing less than the rise of humanity.
10-12 October, Sands Expo, Las Vegas: IMEX America. Attend the most important trade show for MICE in the Americas.
11-13 October, London, ACTE-CAPA Global Travel Summit. Click here to register and for a look at the highlights of the event.
12 October, ACC Belgium, Brussels: Boost your resilience at work – burn-out & stress prevention. Join this workshop and reduce your stress levels at work and in your daily life. Click here for details and rates.
30 October, Event centre Vinkeveen: Master class strategic acceleration. High performance expert Paul Rulkens will teach you how to make successful bids, how to build an effective reference machine and which questions you need to ask every potential client. Click here to register.
6-8 November, ExCel London: WTM London 2017. World Travel Market is a leading event for the travel industry. Register here.
10 November, Park Inn by Radisson, Diegem (Brussels Airport): BATM Educational Forum. Topic for this edition of the forum: ‘Beyond ground transportation’ or how to go beyond the traditional means like rental cars or taxis. Click here to register.
16-19 November, Seville: ANVR Congress. The theme for this year’s congress is ‘renew or disappear’ – a choice lots of MICE organisations are facing constantly. Register for this four day event in Seville here.
28-30 November, Barcelona: IBTM World 2017. Register now to attend one of the biggest MICE fairs on the planet.
14-15 February, Vilnius, Lithuania: Convene 2018. Interesting and surprising trade show promoting the somewhat lesser known Baltic Sea region.

Flanders attracted a record number of tourists in the first quarter of 2017. The number of visitors grew with more than 9% - very welcome numbers after the terrorist attacks in Brussels Airport last year.
Check this EventMB video on how artificial intelligence is changing events.
Sensation is one of the world’s leading dance events, and several editions are being organised all over the planet. The next few will be in Jakarta, Dubai and Sydney. Can a good party ever be too far away?
Did you ever make a professional mistake you still regret to this day? Well, you’re not the only one. EventMB just published a list of the ten worst ones for event planners.
Site reports on incentive travel: Firms report relatively strong growth across the board with a majority reporting increases in total clients served (76%) and total events managed (78%), resulting in increases in total gross revenue (76%) and net profit (69%).

Last year Aquatopia – an aquarium under the Radisson Blu Hotel across from the Antwerp Central Station was closed down by the new owners. Today a decision was made on the new life of the venue. From December 2018, it will become ‘The Belgian Chocolate Experience’: the largest Belgian chocolate centre in the country. No more sharks to be spotted, but at least there will still be some nibbling going on.

On December 1 Hard Rock International opens its doors in the Swiss Alps, Hard Rock Hotel Davos. 111 rooms and 31 appartements.
Club Marvy, a new hotel concept by Paloma, opened its doors this May. It is supposed to be the best all-in concept in the Mediterranean. The hotel can be found in Turkey, in between Izmir and Kusadasi. The resort comes with an art atelier, a gallery and holds workshops as well.
Dôme, one of the more famous restaurants in Antwerp’s Zurenborg quarter, was recently reopened by Frédéric Chabbert – a French top chef. Chabbert worked in Michelin starred restaurants in both Monaco and Hong Kong.
As from April 2018, Liège will be home to the new Van der Valk Congress Hotel Liège. It will have 219 rooms and will be located opposite the Palais des Congrès. There will be a sky bar on the tenth floor from where you can enjoy the view.
NH just started building its new NH Collection Antwerp Centre in the city’s diamond district next to the Central Station and the Antwerp Zoo. The hotel will offer 186 rooms and 300m² of meeting space. It will open February 2019.

Michel Cottray (56) will become the new GM of the Steigenberger Wiltcher’s Hotel on Avenue Louise in Brussels. Before ending up in Brussels, Cottray was GM in several venues in Australia, Hong Kong and Thailand for the last 20 years.
Milo Vergucht joined Visit Flanders Convention Bureau as an international association expert. He started his career in the hotel industry, but played an important role within MCI in recent years. Milo will focus on bringing science and healthcare conferences to Flanders.

What’s better than an NBA Slam Dunk contest you ask? Well, maybe a slam dunk contest in the dark, with the contestants doing acrobatic stunts wearing futuristic led light suits, click here.


Karin de Graauw – Editor-in-chief BBT Online
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