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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 111th Take5 edition. All of our take5 articles are advertorial free.

Sensational party in Madrid
The world’s biggest club festival
party in Madrid

Want to ride on the Tomorrowland wave for a little longer? Sensation Rise might be the party for you. Sensation started in the year 2000 as a sole event at the Amsterdam Arena to become what’s now an International phenomenon.

It has been organised in 35 countries on 5 continents, has received more than 2 million visitors around the world and was held in some of the biggest stadiums around. This year it comes to Madrid, on the 3rd of November.

Don’t forget to pack your best white outfit.

party in Madrid
biggest club festival

The Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is the leading electronic music platform and the biggest club festival in the world for the whole spectrum of electronic sub genres.

It consists of a conference (day) and festival (day & night) program, which means that the city of Amsterdam is all about electronic music for five days and nights, with events in around 160 locations.

Last year it featured 2,500 artists and 550 speakers. It will take place from 17 to 21 October.

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New Radisson hotel in Bruges
A different stay in Amsterdam

Radisson Hotel Group opened its 15th hotel in Belgium this August.

Radisson Blu Hotel Bruges offers 109 rooms and suites. It houses a restaurant with a terrace and a very cosy bar/lounge.

The facilities for events and meetings are spread out over 2 floors and 6 meeting rooms, the largest having a capacity of 120 people.

The top floor comes with a marvellous view over the city.

Looking for a truly special way of spending the night in Amsterdam? Try Sweets Hotel.

In a radically different way to experience the city, 28 iconic little bridge houses were transformed into independent hotel suites right on Amsterdam’s famous canals. Every one of the buildings is unique. Some are almost monuments, others are located in the middle of a bustling intersection or on a quiet neighbourhood lake, but all of them offer inspiring views of the canals.
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Mining and dining
Stay in Antwerp’s art district
Villa Zwart Goud

Villa Zwart Goud is a restaurant located in the Art Deco country house of the former director of the Helchteren-Zolder coalmine. Close to Hasselt and right across from Watt17 – a power station remodelled into an event location – it can be privately booked for groups.

The whole service will then be focused on your clients only – no other guests allowed. It can cater to a maximum of 40 people for seated dinners, and 80 guests for receptions. It comes with a big garden and a unique interior.
Villa Zwart Goud
Hotel Pilar

Hotel Pilar is a small boutique hotel housed in a historical building overlooking the Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp. It comes with a bar and a shop full of locally made design objects. It’s an artsy hotel, perfect for the neighbourhood.

The interior is a mixture of styles, and all of the 17 rooms were decorated in their own unique way. All of them are beautiful, especially the terrace suites.

Breakfast is supposed to be one of the best in town.
Hotel Pilar
A whale new event space
Events in the Flemish Ardennes

Whale is a new B&B and event venue in a green environment near Ghent. The name derived from its main event space, which has a giant whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling.

The venue is located in what appears to be an old farmhouse, but the inside houses several uniquely looking spaces that can be used for a variety of different events: from parties to business meetings.

Villa Zwart Goud

Hoeve La Cascina is a peaceful B&B in the Flemish Ardennes. It comes with wonderful rooms – some with wellness facilities - lovely surroundings close to Belgium’s best restaurant and a space for events of up to 60 people.

The venue offers activities like cycling, boat and vespa tours, picnics, carriage rides and balloon flights.

It's better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation!
Ukrainian MICE adventures
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Odessa is the Ukraine’s third city, and its major tourism hub on the Black Sea. It comes with outstanding hotels, a vibrant night life and tens of kilometres of beaches.

It is very much suited for business group incentives as well. Business Travel Odessa, with Belgian Bart Henau as its Business Development Director, is a brand new bureau that will make your events in the city a once in a lifetime experience.

Extra benefit: you really get good value for your money.

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Invitatation Switzerland workshop
Guest writer: Jan Lichota
It’s all about logistics

On 24 October, the Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau organises a workshop in Hof ter Musschen in Woluwe. MICE organisers are invited to come and discover the assets of Switzerland as a meetings destination.

Ten partners will present their most unique venues and ideas. This year’s theme is 'Act like a coach'. To get invited, please contact Myriam Winnepenninckx

In this guest article, Jan Lichota ( talks about logistics as a key factor for success on every event.

What is the relevance of logistics, what are the challenges and what does the future bring?

The FIFA World Cup proved to be an interesting case study. Read it all here.
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What happens in Antwerp…
workshop workshop
workshop workshop

Our last B2B Workshop in Antwerp surpassed all previous editions. We had more planners, more suppliers and a better party than ever before.

BBT Online would like to thank all participants for making it another successful day. If you haven’t checked out the pictures yet, you can do so here, here and here. The event video can be found here.

workshop workshop
workshop workshop
workshop workshop

On to the next workshops
Already looking forward to our next event? So are we! Dates have already been fixed, so write them down in your agendas. Our winter workshop will be organised on 3 December 2018.

The next summer edition will be held on 24 June 2019, and the date for next winter has already been decided on as well: 2 December 2019. Want to be sure of your place already?

Send us a mail at today.

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workshop workshop
BBT’s Antwerp destination day
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For the first time, BBT Online welcomed a group of 20 Dutch and 7 French planners on its B2B Workshop in Antwerp. We decided to arrange something special for them.

The day after the workshops, the planners were taken on an exciting destination day not only in but also above Antwerp. The group took a hot air balloon flight over the city, getting some amazing views in the process.

Afterwards we ‘handed over’ the group to the Antwerp Convention bureau who took them for lunch at Balls and Glory, before cycling to the brand new Port House and taking a trip through the Antwerp harbour on a yacht. Fantastic day!

Check out the pictures here.

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BBT Online’s bucket list – Heidi Legein

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 Destination Management Norway’s Heidi Legein.

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Real Short !!

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6-9 September, Park of Brussels: Eat! BRUSSELS Drink! BORDEAUX. The seventh edition of this culinary festival will once again pair Belgian gastronomy with the best French wines. Interested in more? You can book a wine tasting masterclass via this link.
12-14 September, Luxembourg: Meet Luxembourg 2018. Three day MICE event with B2B meetings, interesting visits and a lot of networking opportunities. Click here to register.
27-30 September, Antwerp: SuperNova. All professionals, entrepreneurs, creators, researchers, innovators & investors are invited to embrace tomorrow at the SuperNova Professional summit. Connect with game-changers and discover inspiring speakers, visionary technologies, businesses of tomorrow & potential talent.
17 October, Hotel Van Der Valk Nazareth, Ghent: Caribbean Tourism Organization roadshow. Get connected with the tourism boards of Jamaica, St. Maarten, Martinique, The Bahamas and Condor.

Villages Nature Paris is a new holiday park by Centerparcs and a great place to relax, just outside the French Capital. It comes with a huge waterpark and is surrounded by nature. You can book honey, baking or chocolate workshops here as well.
More and more destinations are using Instagram as an easy and useful way to promote themselves. Slovenia for example, asked people to post their favourite pictures of the country accompanied by the #IfeelsLOVEnia hashtag. The best picture got a free trip at the end of summer. Result: hundreds of thousands of pictures worth of free publicity.
For those of you still in need of a little help, here is an entire blueprint on how to organise a successful event from A to Z. Interesting read.
The Bruges Triennial started earlier this summer and attracted thousands of visitors to the city. It was the perfect backdrop for a VIP event organized by the Bruges Convention Bureau. 100 doctors from local hospitals and professors of the KU Leuven University campus in Bruges were invited to the Concert building. Check out the pictures here.
EventMB just published a list of 25 event destinations to watch in 2019. Brussels is one of them. Download the list for free here.
BCD Travel started a series of papers to prepare companies for new and upcoming technologies that will drastically change the travel industry. The first paper 'Emerging technology and travel management: Sourcing' was published on 16 August.
Event Planner is a new book by Kevin Van der Straeten. He writes on how to create impact with extraordinary events, how to implement Hollywood storytelling techniques and how to organise more efficient events with ‘agile’ project management from Silicon Valley. A must read if you want to stay up to date. Order here.
Eventex published its top twenty MICE destinations for 2018. The US takes the top spot, followed by the UK and The Netherlands. Austria, Italy, Poland, Belgium, Russia, Ireland and France complete the top ten. Check out the full list here.
Visited the World Cup in Russia this summer, but want to go back to Moscow or St. Petersburg as a tourist? People with a Fan ID can come back as many times as they like before the end of the year, without any visa formalities.
Flanders Meeting and Convention Centre Antwerp celebrated its first full year in business with over 60 big events organised. One of the highlights was winning the Best Marketing Award at the ICCA Congress in Prague last year.
Want to take your clients on a safari without having to fly all the way to Africa? Why not go to the Beekse Bergen in Holland instead. You’ll see more than 1,500 wild animals from your own car or bus, and the brand new Safari Resort (opened this April) allows you to sleep in between the animals.
Qvo Vadis Tourism and France based Beyond Limits started a partnership. Beyond Limits is a network of 30 boutique travel and event organisers. Marc Lambert, owner of Qvo Vadis will actively do sales in the Benelux for Beyond Limits.
The Korea Tourism Organisation announced a new support program for corporate meetings, incentive travel and business events to be hosted in the country. It will include Hallyu (Korean Wave)-related activities such as free admission to Hallyu attractions or even exclusive K-pop concerts.
St. Maarten is slowly getting back on its feet. After hurricane Irma devastated the island in September last year, the entire tourism industry basically grinded to a halt. Now, several hotels are opening for business once more. In June 2018, 34% of hotels were operational again. Each month brings more reopenings.
A new Hampton by Hilton opened next to Antwerp Central Station early this summer. It comes with 145 new rooms, a small meeting room and a business centre.
The Pillows Grand Hotel Reylof closed down for a total renovation. It will be open for business again on the 8th of October. Click here for a first impression:
Following the validation by the official body of the Government of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg, Mondorf Parc Hotel changed category and is now considered **** Superior.
The Postillion Hotel & Convention Centre Amsterdam is now open for business (meetings). The hotel rooms will be ready by the end of 2018.
Radisson Blu Astrid Antwerp finished the renovation of its meeting halls. This was part of a €9 million investment to renovate the entire hotel.
Tourism Flanders awarded Hotel Dukes’ Palace Bruges with the 5-star Superior certificate. Dukes’ Palace is one of the most exclusive hotels on the continent and offers 110 rooms and a gastronomic restaurant.

London Heathrow is expanding. A third runway will raise capacity from 78 to 130 million annual passengers. 260,000 more flights per year will be possible, and 100,000 extra jobs are expected. The project should be finished in 2025.
Air Corsica is expanding its connections to Charleroi. There’s a new flight to Calvi this summer, and two connections to Ajaccio and Bastia were opened last year. Both were extended to January 2019. In total almost 27,000 seats more are offered compared to 2017.
The Norwegian government sold its SAS shares. Sweden and Denmark are now the biggest shareholders of SAS Scandinavian Airlines. The sale was worth €63 million.

Euromic announced Huw Tuckett as its new Executive Director. Tuckett will replace Christophe Verstraete, who departed from the organisation in April this year. Huw has over 20 years of global experience in the incentive travel and performance improvement industry.
Johan Maertens (46) became the new CEO for VLM, an airline operating from Antwerp Airport.
GM Ellen de Boer left The Dominican in Brussels, returning to The Netherlands to lead the Carlton Ambassador in The Hague. Maurits Kautz will take up her position in Brussels.
Aline Van Houdt – formerly at Robin’s Travels – will strengthen the JADA Events team. She will specialise in developing the international meetings and incentives branch of the company.
After four years, Annabelle Stevens left Ghent Marriott to look for new opportunities.


Karin de Graauw – Editor-in-chief BBT Online
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