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Appearing in your inbox every other week, 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! BBT Online guarantees you 15 new ideas in just 3 minutes. Enjoy our 29th edition.

Castles nearby, in Belgium …
… and in the Netherlands
Chateau of Deulin

In the region of the Belgian Ardennes stands the Chateau of Deulin. This year the castle and its original owning family celebrate the 250th anniversary with a weekend of festivities.

On September 26th, the de Harlez family invites all to discover this beautiful privately owned property on the occasion of a festive day with many activities for all. For more details, go to

The castle can be rented for events from 100 till 1,000 persons. Diners, congress, concerts, etc.

Just across the border in Maastricht we find Kasteel de Hoogenweerth, a hunting castle dating back to 1444. It is situated along a river in a beautiful park.

It’s possible to rent the entire castle, the design suites as well as the Private Mansion for overnights. Privacy, discretion and luxury enjoyment are key words at this exclusive location.

The castle is home to the gastronomic restaurant Sofa,
Win 2 return tickets on Air Baltic!! – Riga, Vilnius, Tallinn, Scandinavia, etc

The Baltic States and their capitals have definitely emerged as new destinations for Meetings & Events over the last couple of years and Air Baltic is a major influential factor in the region.

BBT Online and Air Baltic offer you the opportunity to discover one of the many choice destinations from Brussels: the Baltic States, Scandinavia, Finland or the Caucasus (Tashkent, Almaty, Yerevan and Tbilisi).
Answer a few simple questions and maybe you will be the winner of 2 return tickets to a Benelux Air Baltic destination of your choice! Click here to participate.

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Reflections of a Professional Meeting Designer

EricDo you ever wonder how the others weather the crisis, handle clients, where they get their ideas from, what keeps them occupied? BBT Online brings you the observations of Dutch Eric de Groot of ‘Mindmeeting’ in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. He looks back on his last 10 à 12 months as a Meeting Designer in complete honesty and brings us a fascinating insight into his world.

Not only do we get an interesting description of different events, but Eric also shares the learning experiences coupled to each of the described events. For a fascinating read, click here; beware, the entire text is in Dutch! But I’m sure Eric will provide feedback in English should you so desire. He can be reached on

Successful Conference Management: A successful bid process

Jean EvansConference Director at MCI Dublin, Jean Evans, uncovers the mystery behind the complicated bid process. Sharing her knowledge and experience of the industry, Jean unravels the bid process and offers advice on how to prepare and present a successful bid.

Bringing an international congress to your country can be a crowning achievement of a professional career.
It can not only raise the profile of a national industry but can also make a long-term impact in raising actual standards in that industry, help build and maintain relationships with customers and ultimately provide an economic boost to the sector.

Follow her here in a step-by-step description of successful international conference bidding: click here for an interesting read.

Turkish delight: Su’dan Palas and ...
... Nars Llica

Su'dan Palas is a small boutique guesthouse comprises 5 spacious and unique designed rooms set in an impressive listed Greek stone building dating back to the 1870s, in Hacimemis, Turkey. Restored with respect for the original features, Su'dan Palas greets you with individual style and a relaxed but sophisticated atmosphere. All rooms are furnished with one-off pieces collected from flea markets around the world.

There is a charming garden filled with a variety of exotic old trees and decorated with day beds - to lie down and relax in, listen to music, and be served complimentary drinks.



If it is a regular hotel you prefer, go to Nars Ilica, near Izmir. Eros, the god of love, said that in order to love you have to love yourself first.
The 8 specially designed rooms at Nars Ilica invite at doing just that: love yourself in a surroundings of luxury and indulgence.

The house dating back to the 18th century was once the home of Tosun Pasha and his family and is situated along the blue waters of the Aegean. A place for an exclusive stay on the Turkish coast...a real find!


Trendy villas for rent on Ibiza

BBT favoriteIbiza is known for its special atmosphere and cosmopolitan mix of people. Harissa brings this warm, innovative and personal atmosphere into its villas. Every single villa is styled with love and attention to every detail.

All properties are located at exclusive spots on the island. Some villas are walking distance from the beach at Cala Garbo, or a short drive to Cala D'Hort. Others are at the fashionable area of Cala Jondal or in the quiet and unspoilt north of the island.


Design Belgian Guesthouse on Djerba

Dar Bibine is a guest house ideally situated in the heart of the preserved medina of Erriadh on the island of Djerba.

A quiet location where the traditional Djerbian architecture mixes up with a pure, white and minimalist design. Four rooms and a private pool. Enjoy hammam and massages, play golf or just ride on of the bikes provided; quad & horse rides….just enjoy a different stay on an elegant island.

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Staying green in India at the Dune, Ecovillage & Spa

The Dune is a thematic resort designed to cater to the growing demand for long stay destinations with soul and comfort where cultures, ideas and people merge with one another. A 35 acre eco-friendly beach hotel with unique 30 aesthetic villas (3 different prize categories) and 20 rooms fusing modern and traditional architecture, swimming pool, organic farm, tennis court… and 700m of sea front, welcoming guests all through the year.

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The hotel is located on the Coramandel coast of Tamil Nadu, South India, 150 km south of Chennai (Madras) and just 15 Kms from the heart of Pondicherry. The Dune cherishes the spirit "to live in harmony with nature and men". For ages, swamis (Holy Men) from the nearby temples of Mahabalipuram used this scenic beach reserve as a place of pilgrimage and meditation.

Staying at the Dune is also beneficial to a group of 80 children, “Children Of The World India”, a charitable trust with an organic model farm and a catering school for Tsunami affected youngsters that are being supported by the hotel. So, if you are looking for Bohemian chic in a beautiful location, the Dune Ecovillage & Spa is the place to be!

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Distant Frontiers
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75008 Paris
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Pankaj Patpatia

Click here to read Distant Frontiers latest newsletter full of interesting news.

Event Venue Pure-liner
The floating White House
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Stage your next event on the USS Potomac, the floating White House, based in San Francisco Bay. The USS Potomac served President Franklin Roosevelt from 1936 to 1945, during turbulent times in American and world history, earning the name the Floating White House.

No stranger to famous guests, along with Franklin D. Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, the USS Potomac has entertained Elvis Presley, Danny Thomas, the United Kingdom’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands along with many other international BBT Agendaand governmental dignitaries.

Designed to accommodate VIP occasions, guests are now able to arrange events of their own for up to 120 guests on the USS Potomac.

Two unique floating event venues for product presentations, fairs, kick-offs and company parties. Both ships have a capacity up to 600 people. The special architecture and modern presentation media offer you an environment where you can welcome your guests in an exceptionally prestigious way.

The owners are happy to welcome you to one of their offices in Amsterdam or the region Nordhein Westfalen, Germany for a guided tour.


On a scooter ride near Brussels
A world on its own!

It is now possible to discover the beautiful region of the Zenne and the Pajottenland on a scooter thanks to the initiative of Classic Scooter Beersel, the ‘Huis van de Geuze’ and ‘het Wijnatelier’.

Discover the many treasures such as the Gaasbeek castle of this beautiful region in an original yet fun way and it is definitely less tiring than on a bike!

Many ideas go through your mind when you visit Ziwana Art restaurant for the first time: 1001 Arabian nights, crazy, Dali-eske, different, that’s for sure! A big complex in the middle of the old Medina of Marrakech built in typical style around a patio, Ziwana can welcome groups without a problem and will probably be a great surprise.

Even the owner cannot explain what he intended to create so he leaves it up to his visitors to give their own interpretation.
Destination Report: Quebec

Bruce TaylorIn July 6 Belgian incentive travel houses, together with BBT Online as the exclusive media were given the opportunity to spend 4 motivational days in Quebec.
Bruce Taylor reports:  ‘From surreal Belgium we travel with Air Canada to surreal Quebec where one of the biggest export industries is entertainment - comedy, music and the Cirque du Soleil.
Quebec is Canada on a human scale. It’s not big US style cities in the middle of vast wildernesses. People smile, talk to you and welcome you to Canada.’

‘The language has some lovely touches like ‘Bon matin!’ for good morning. ‘Bonjour’ is used for goodbye. Say ‘merci’ and the immediate response is ‘bienvenue’, North American-style ‘you’re welcome’. When I heard we had some time for ‘magasinage’, I honestly thought it was something to do with buying magazines, not the simple and attractive expression for shopping. And it`s important to remember ‘dejeuner’ is breakfast; ‘diner’ is lunch and dinner is ‘souper’. So, if you’re a French speaker, you have to understand that it’s you who speaks differently, not the ‘quebecois’.’

If you’re looking for something new, different and innovative, read on. Click here.

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Real Short !!

tRaVel! The only professional workshop for group travel in Belgium is planned on Saturday October 9th at the Conrad Hotel Brussels.
19th of October in Antwerp. MPI – Belgium Chapter: Meeting Industry Educational Revue 2010 -
November 24th: 3rd workshop of Destination Quebec in Brussels and 25th in Paris. Register online, click here.
Consult BBT Online’s MICE agenda, and don’t miss any event.

Both Zoover and Tripadvisor have serious problems with competitors posting ‘fake’ evaluations. They are both endeavoring to find a solution for this problem.
Planners feel increased pressure to show ROI of events.
Need a good photographer?
To help promote the sustainability of Ireland as a destination, Tourism Ireland has launched its Conference CO2 calculator app for the iPhone. To download the free Conference CO2 calculator log on to
New in Utrecht, Holland: evening tours along the strategically & beautifully illuminated points of interest of the city.
Click here to read the latest eNews form the Brussels Convention & Visitors Bureau. New event venues, info & ideas, etc.

Accor Hotels launch a new iPhone application via that lets users view short films on their hotels and the latest hotel rates.
Short term stays in lofts or apartments in Brussels, go to
BHA (Brussels Hotels Association) pleads to group all tourism efforts for the Belgian Capital to make Brussels a strong brand that can be promoted all over the world. With 33.000 direct and 15.000 indirect employs, the tourism sector is the most important employer in the region and deserves better management! Reactions & suggestions to Vice President
Great Hotels Organisation, the London-based hotel sales and marketing alliance representing 4 and 5 star hotels under the brands Great Hotels of the World and Special Hotels of the World launched a new website for meeting planners (
Starwood chef Christian Tirilly of ‘Crescendo at Sheraton Place Rogier participates with “slow food” in the 3rd edition of “Gouter Bruxelles” September 20-26, 2010.
Due to debts and the impossibility to re-negotiate with the owners of the building, Midi Station has been obliged to close its doors.

Compare cheap tickets from European low-cost airlines.
The Icelandair connections between Reykjavik and Brussels increase next summer from 2 to 4 flights per week. The airline plans evening flights on Mondays & Fridays and morning flights on Thursday and Sunday, flights which connect with Icelandair’s flights to Boston and New York.
Middle East Airlines started flying to Brussels again on June 22nd and will fly all winter between Brussels and Beirut 3 times per week.
As from October 30th low cost carrier Air Arabia will start flying 3 times per week to Casablanca from Brussels Airport and not anymore from Brussels South Charleroi Airport.
Charleroi Airport has reached saturation point with 5 million passengers per year and needs to expand. After coming winter a number of works will be executed.
Schiphol will be the first airport in the world with its own library where passengers can read a book or download or listen to audio versions.
Delta Air Lines has launched a new software application enabling passengers to book tickets via Facebook called the 'Delta Ticket Window’.
SAS Scandinavian Airlines is hoping to host the world’s first same-sex wedding in the air onboard an Airbus A340 between Stockholm and New York on December 6 this year. To find the couple, the airline launched a major social media campaign, Love is in the air (

After the departure of Dean Bannon, Isabelle Jamet has been promoted to the position of Director of Sales of the Starwood Brussels Complex.
Rail Europe announces the arrival of Valerie Rosenbaum as Marketing Manager Europe, based in Brussels.
Marco Montini is the new ENIT manager in Brussels.
Angelici Sotiropoulou has been appointed general manager ad-interim of the Greek Tourist Office in Brussels; she can be reached on

Thanks for the newsletter, I’m very satisfied with the lay out, content, contest, database, etc. We’ll definitely work again together in the future!
Sophie Coumont, Directrice des Ventes, Hotel de la Source, Francorchamps

The winner of our competition of Hotel de la Source’s newsletter is Mr Dirk Beesemans of Deloitte. Congratulations. Mr Beesemans won a weekend for 2 in the newly opened hotel.
The 2 answers were: Virage de la Source, 1st of July 2010.

Laughing is good for you! In every Take5 edition we publish a small funny video from YouTube.
Sad day when you cannot even trust your closest friend…!. Click here.


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