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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 41st edition. All of our take5 articles are advertorial free.

Great Brazil Express, all aboard!!


Last year Brazil launched the Great Brazil Express, the first luxury train-cruise in Middle and South America that travels through the South of Brazil. The sights on the trip are great and it ends at the waterfalls of Iguacu.

The trip starts in magical Rio with a visit of the famous sights of the city and the famous beaches. From there a flight takes the passengers to Curitibia from where the 2 luxury Pullman cars will leave on their journey to the coastal town of Morretes. Via the most incredible sights the trip finally ends near the Argentine-Paraguay border at the falls of Foz Do Iguacu. The total journey takes 8 to 9 days, overnights take place in the many colourful towns and villages that are on the itinerary. Currently the Great Brazil Express makes the trip 2 to 4 times per month. with YouTube film -

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IT&CM China 2011 – Shang high in Shanghai – Destination report

For the fifth consecutive year, the city of Shanghai hosted the annual IT&CM China fair, a focused MICE business platform organized by TTG Asia Media to “Promote China to the World and the World to China”. BBT Online was on location to find out if the organization could deliver on this promise.

Click here to read more. Jonathan Ramael reports.


Royal Windsor Hotel Grand Place Brussels

The Royal Windsor Hotel Grand Place Brussels is (obviously) located near one of the city’s most beautiful spots: the magnificent Grand Place, a Unesco World Heritage site. But this is not all: the hotel now presents a brand new luxury suite: the ‘Grand Place Suite’, offering a panoramic view of 180 degrees on the square, the historical centre and the rest of the of Europe’s capital. 

Enjoy an unparalleled view.

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‘Entre Ciel et Terre’, a bit of paradise in the Belgian Ardennes
NOOZ, a unique relaxation venue in Antwerp Province
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The small village of Erezee in the Province of Luxembourg is situated in arguably the prettiest part of the Ardennes, is where one of the more original B&B’s of the Ardennes can be found.

Immerse yourself in the charm of a 19th century mansion and live the quiet life in tasteful surroundings. Charming, delightful, peaceful, special..are just a few of the accolades deservedly used for this getaway, an address you would ideally keep to yourself!


In the heart of the Antwerp Kempen region, in Grobbendonk lies NOOZ, a beautiful villa in a wooded oasis of quiet.

Winner of the Horeca Award 2008 for the most innovative enterprise, this is a place to discover with your partner or some good friends or colleagues. Massages by absolute professionals, a selection of treatments, adapted food, soft music, zen rooms if you wish to make it a multiday event…Nooz has it all and is definitely worth the detour.
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How to really use LinkedIn

Believe it or not, this is an everyday scene in het Tokyo underground. Professional 'pushers' master the art of squeezing in an enormous amount of biomass in style: with white gloves.

Trains run more or less on time, and the passengers needn't worry about petty crime: nobody, pickpockets included, can move an inch. Claustrophobics please abstain.

Click here and watch this horror.

'How to really use LinkedIn' by author Jan Vermeiren shows the reader why LinkedIn is such a powerful tool for everybody to use. Not only that, it also presents a short and effective step-by-step plan to get immediate results without spending much time on LinkedIn.

It contains advanced strategies for finding new customers, a new job, employees, suppliers, experts and people to help you get your job done faster.
Wish you were here ….


If the sunshine over the last few weeks has made you dream of a holiday by the sea within train or driving distance, Cassis in the South of France on the Med is the perfect place for you!

3 luxury rooms offering great views of the bay from their individual terraces. All three rooms have their own airco system, internet access and kitchenette; La Suite is minutes away from the citycentre. It has a great swimming pool with a view on the Med … when are we going?


BBT Online's workshop: Discover a varied mix of destinations

On Monday, June 20, we gladly invite you to experience our 3rd four-destinations workshop, four completely different destinations offering a varied range of MICE possibilities!

The following parters will hold a presentation (in alphabetic order): Colombia – JBC Agencies, Croatian Convention and Incentive Bureau, South Africa – Sun International and Worldhotels.

At 8 pm, after the workshop (in a very urban venue in the heart of Brussels, close to Porte de Namur, we think none of you already know) the BBT Online party bus – with music and drinks - will take you to a Brussels restaurant. In case of good weather, we will dine outside.

We’ll keep the names of the venues to ourselves for just a little while longer (you’ll receive them with your confirmation). Of course the bus will take you back to where your car is parked after dinner.
This mix of education and fun starts at 17.30h!

If you would like to participate, click here and register quickly. You will receive a confirmation of your registration shortly after doing so.

Note that this event is meant for professional Incentive Agents only.


Ps: For your agenda. On September, 5 and November 21 we will organise 2 other four destinations workshops with another mix of 4 different destinations.

Antwerp exclusives: Strantwerpen! Club Cabane and more…

BBT's favoriteWhy bother taking the car and sitting for hours in traffic jams to the Belgian coast or the French Riviera when you can come to Antwerp and enjoy the good weather at the local beach: Strantwerpen.

Stylish beach furniture, exotic cocktails, refined food, trendy people, great music, …all the ingredients are present for a great day at the beach…!
It is good to know that this entire trendy venue can be taken over for private events. Available until August 31st. For more information or bookings, go to

Looking for something a bit more quiet with great views of the city, go to the left bank and settle in the more sedate atmosphere of Club Cabane near the Yacht Club. With your feet in the sand and whilst admiring the sights of Antwerp it is time for an excellent cocktail or some excellent local cuisine such as carpaccio, ducks breast or other delicacies! Available until end September.

Hidden away is the Zomerbar:  a quiet place where huts grow in trees, where kids can play in the park  and the boules are waiting to be played…Relax in a hammock and enjoy a glass of cava or homemade Sangria. Plenty of activities for the kids, there is even a circus! … does not get any better! Available till August 22nd.

Also not too miss: Cargo Zomerbar – / Brussels Bad – / La Terrasse de l’Hippodrome, Brussels -


Real Short !!

June 20, BBT Online’s 4 destinations workshop -
June 21, MPI’s Summer drink at Lamot, Mechelen –
June 23: Travel Magazine (together with GATE) organizes its annual gathering in the Keerbergen Golf Club. Enjoy an entertaining game of golf against other travel professionals, followed by a nice dinner. More info via
June 28, SITE event at the Belgian airport – visit behind the scenes –
October 3-4, Vienna Hofburg: Access 2011. The largest B2B trading show of the Austrian Conference Industry. 230 Austrian exhibitors, 1,500 Austrian trade visitors and 300 international hosted buyers are expected to attend.
January 12-14, 2012: EFAPCO’s fifth Congress takes place at the Estoril Congress Cente, on Portugal’s cosmopolitan Estoril coast. The theme is: “The World Has Changed – Stop Talking, Start Acting”.

On the last day of IMEX, it was revealed that the 53rd ICCA Congress will be held in Antalya, Turkey, in the first week of November 2014.
Switzerland Tourism launches the “Holidays without Internet” campaign – ironically on Facebook. Participants can win a peaceful holiday for 11 people in Uri. They will reside in the middle of nature, in a remote mountain lodge without internet access or cell phone connection. More info on:
Star Clippers offers attractive yoga cruises on its unique Star Clipper sailing ship. Two cruises sail the deep blue waters between Greece and Turkey in August. If you book before June 30, you get 25% off.
Visit Panama wants to promote its relatively unknown destination in six European countries. Dutch TMC (Tourism Marketing Concepts) gives them a helping hand as far as PR, communication and trade marketing activities in the Benelux are concerned. Panama is the gateway between North and South America with a 3.000 km long coastline and more than 1.500 small islands.
There’s a way to cruise the streets of Brussels without the traffic! On June 1, thousands of 3D buildings were added to the Brussels’ map on Google Earth. See if you can find our office!

The Hotel (the former Brussels Hilton), is getting a makeover. Pandox AB, who took over the building, appointed GCA, a world famous Spanish architects bureau to make it a premium segment hotel with a modern and stylish look. All 433 rooms will be renovated.
The brand new Hotel Bella Sky Comwell in Copenhagen is the first European hotel offering a complete floor just for female guests. The ‘Bella Donna Floor’ was realized in cooperation with a selection of influential businesswomen.
According to, American and Russian travelers spend the most money on a hotel stay abroad. In 2010 they paid an average of € 121 per night for their hotel room. South Africans spend the least money with an average of € 66.

Air Canada’s Brussels – Montreal –Toronto connection celebrates its first birthday. On June 2, the first A330-300 (with a much larger capacity) landed on Brussels Airport. To start the new season, Air Canada organizes a drink in the Brussels Bozar on June 16. More info on
Starting from the end of June, KLM launches six direct eleven hour flights from Amsterdam to Panama City. Other Airlines (Delta, United, Continental) are also flying to Panama, but not directly.

Dirk Grossmann is leaving Lufthansa BeLux after being their GM for five years. He returns to the Frankfurt headquarters. His replacement is Patrick Artiel: former GM of Lufthansa in Holland.
Air traffic veteran Marwan Koleilat is the new Chief Commercial Officer of Qatar Airlines, a title just recently created. He returns to the Doha head office after seven years of leading Qatar Airlines in the Far East.
Maastricht Congress Bureau is looking for someone with MICE experience to replace Tamara Piatkiewitz-Weide as Sales Manager Meetings & Incentives while she takes maternity leave. If interested, contact her via: +31 43 3280838, +31 6 519 67 706 (gsm) or
BATA (Belgian Air Transport Association: Brussels Airlines, DHL, Jetair Fly, VLM, Thomas Cook, TNT Airways), appointed Koen Gouweloose (DHL) as its new president. He takes over from Gunter Hofman (Jetair Fly).
After 15 years at the head of Meeting Time, Sam van de Kerckhof joins Nicolas Le Brun at Destree Organisation. It is one of the first European PCO companies, experienced in consultancy, international project management, strategic communication and events scriptwriting.
Frank Gervais replaced Olivier Poitrenaud as CEO for Thalys International. After four years leading Thalis, Poitrenaud wants to work on new projects. Gervais functioned in a multitude of managerial functions with SNCF.


Karin de Graauw – Editor-in-chief BBT Online
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