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Fiesta Club, disco for 1500 partygoers!
The new Chalet Robinson
Fiesta Bar, the club situated on quai des Usines, in Laeken (Brussels), has been re-opened after a thorough revamping as Fiesta Club, a whole new infrastructure with space for 1.500 party people.

4 VIP corners, 2 limos to collect high flyers from their hotels, renowned DJ’s,…will make this one of the hot places to be for national and international partygoers.
After the devastating fire of 1991 the famous wooden chalet – built as a love hideaway for Leopold II and the Baronne de Vaughan – will re-open its doors after a complete restoration. The ‘new’ Chalet Robinson in the Bois de la Cambre (Brussels) now offers 350m² in surface: a groundfloor of 200m² for the restaurant & terrace, the first floor has a room available for events. Sit down dinner 150 to 250 people, walking dinner 200 to 350 people and reception up to 500 people possible.

Rajasthan (North of India) on wheels

is the magnificent land of numerous kingdoms, majestic forts and palaces, diverse cultures, varied landscapes and vibrant colours. Since January this year there is riding a palace on wheels. Like the Maharadja’s you can make this tour through the whispering sands of desert, the intriguing sagas of forts and palaces, and the adventurous escapades to the wilds; while you witness the luxuries on the train. In the train there are 14 luxury salons, 2 restaurants, and even a spa and fitness room. There is a total capacity of 82 passengers.

The royal journey begins from Delhi and takes you through various erstwhile princely states of Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur and Bharatpur. After experiencing the multi-faceted Rajasthan, you will be ushered to a new exploration at Agra-the Taj Mahal. Prizes start of with 500 euro per person per night. This includes all the meals and the excursions. www.royalrajasthanonwheels.com

Watch BBT Online's slideshow on India

Designer Holidays, Designer Incentives & Conferences, dimple@designerholidays.net

What does the taxman think of business gifts?
How does the taxman view business gifts? Business gifts are only 50% tax deductable and in theory may not cost more than 125 euro. If the gift costs more, then you have to declare to whom you gave it, so that the recipient can be taxed for his ‘benefit in kind’.

Another important limit is 50 euro, excluding VAT. If the gift costs less than 50 euro, the VAT can be reclaimed in full. Otherwise, the VAT is not reclaimable. More smart tips, from
fiscal rights to civil rights?
10 places to see before they disappear

The American Website Concierge.com recently published a list of 10 places that are under threat from the global warming effect, mass tourism or over development. These are 10 destinations that not only have to be seen but need to be treated with the utmost respect for future generations to be able to enjoy them as well. To see them click here.

Podcasts for business travellers

With an eye to saving costs whilst traveling, BCD Travel has developed a series of podcasts for 3 important business travel destinations: Berlin, London and Brussels.

Each podcast covers following items:
· The cheapest and most efficient way to travel to and from the airport.
· The best way to travel inside each city.
· Good deals and dining suggestions.
· Things to do when on a small budget or even for free when you have a little time left.

The short (max 7 minutes!) podcasts were developed in collaboration with Delta
Air Lines and are called “Making your money go further in …”  
To be downloaded on www.bcdtravel.be

Get your buggy on! My Mojito is better than yours!!! Stage your own “Mamma Mia” themed evening

SurfandFly presents its newest activity in Knokke: a rally in the dunes on 500cc buggies. The two-people ‘monsters’ are ideal for attacking the dunes in real Paris-Dakkar style. Leave from your hotel or one of the beachclubs in Knokke-Heist direction Holland with a regular roadbook and clues to solve. Fun guaranteed! For more information, go to: www.meetingkust.be

Color your event with an original workshop and invite The Cocktaillovers! All the workshops are custom made and introduce the participants to the fun world of cocktails. A great teambuilding idea as well as for, staff parties etc..
Need an original attraction at your next event? The Cocktaillovers prepare the best cocktails, mocktails and smoothies live for your guests!

Conceptours, the DMC of Greece, has recently introduced its newest theme party: Mamma Mia, inspired on the successful ABBA musical and movie. The entire venue is transformed with props to create the Greek Island feel. A live band will entertain with all the different Abba hits.

Plane crash as teambuilding exercise!
A new website for those organizers looking for an internationally renowned Deejay. It indicates when Deejays are in certain parts of the world thus helping by reducing the cost as travel cost can be minimized. The company is based in Brussels.

A recent article in Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf revealed that British Airways has launched an original teambuilding exercise which seems to be very popular with British companies judging by the 350 bookings already registered!
A Boeing 373 of British Airways is located in a hangar at Heathrow Airport. The plane is mounted on a platform, cost per “one-way trip”:
€ 140!

Once the doors close the ‘trip’ changes quickly into a nightmare: the plane ‘plummets‘ to the ground, the cabin goes dark and smoke appears. Panic sets in when all passengers hurry to the emergency exits.

British Airways comments that this is seriously meant as a teambuilding exercise to promote the ‘group feeling’ amongst colleagues…
crazy Brits!!
European cross-border CSR event

Members from different MPI chapters decided to create a new Event - the First European Cross-border event on CSR. This event will be planned in France, in Lille, on June 19th, 2009.  
French, Swiss, UK, Dutch and Belgium stakeholders will have the opportunity to discuss about sustainable events, experiences and progress in Europe. CSR is still a hot topic today. But do we really know what it is all about? Do we need to change? Is CSR a priority in these difficult times?
For details contact "MPI.BE Headquarters".

Belgian Bartender Champion Atelier Yves Mattagne

Hotel Le Plaza (Brussels) was the scene for the 39th National Championships for professional Bartenders. This years edition was won by Jérôme Blavette of Sofitel Le Louise – The Crystal Room with his creation “Teri-Kentucky”. Together with Laurent Winderickx who won the flairtending contest, he will represent Belgium at the International Bartenders Association World Championship which this year will be held in Berlin early August 2009.

Yves Mattagne, well-known Michelin-star Chef of the famous Seagrill restaurant, has recently opened his brand new “Atelier Yves Mattagne” at Tour & Taxis. Individual workstations, a professional kitchen set up and a professional team make this atelier an ideal venue for an event with a difference in the Belgian Capital. Each indivual can fulfill his or her expectations by getting hands-on experience in the kitchen.

Irish Spa experience at The Europe

The Europe Hotel & Resort, Killarney, Co. Kerry is one of Ireland’s most luxurious 5-star Conference & Event hotels and is also home to ESPA, the winner of the Best New Spa 2009 Award. With 187 rooms and suites, extensive & flexible meeting and leisure facilities – the hotel is fortunate to be located near several great golf courses -and a great location along lake Lough Lein, this hotel is definite worth a visit!

Newsletters with panache!
Festas de Lisboa!
OPT (Wallonia & Brussels), BITC (Brussels International) and Lille Convention Bureau invite you to subscribe to their regular MICE newsletters that are always filled to the rafters with the latest news on original venues, new accommodation and great incentive & event ideas.
For the latest numbers
Brussels, OPT, Lille
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for more info on this year’s Brussels events: Comic Strip, Bruxelles les Bains, Brussels Summer Festival, Winter Wonders.
During the entire month of June Lisbon celebrates the return of the summer with a continuous richly filled program of activities, cultural and other.

Street festivals
, performances, parades etc..make Lisbon into a festive capital where the choice is overwhelming!
For more details go to www.egeac.pt
How to really use LinkedIn
With his first book "Let's Connect!" Jan Vermeiren was already the first Belgian author to have a best seller at Amazon. Now he even breaks his own record by gaining best seller status in two categories with "How to REALLY use LinkedIn".
"How to REALLY use LinkedIn" 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.


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There is much misinformation around the Swine Flu. Here are some facts to dispel myths about the swine flu. Click here.
The Association of Flemish Travel Agents (VVR) has written an open letter to Flemish Politicians to ask for more recognition of one of the main industries not only in our country, but in the world!
For full text, click here
An insider’s tip from the team of BBT Online. Hotel-Restaurant Elzenduin in the Netherlands. Right at the beach. Also for events, up to 800 persons. www.elzenduin.com
What MICE presidents have to say on the actual crisis. Click here.
New York - In 1609, the Netherlands founded Nieuw Amsterdam. www.ny400.org
SITE BeLux will held their 14th Meet and Lunch Session at the Diamant Conference Center, Brussels on the 12th of May. Subject: Overview of the Social Networks by speaker Damien Van Achter. Click here for more info.
19th of May. Next Educational of MPI Belgium Chapter. Subject: How to reduce no-shows at your Events? By Danny Stevens. Venue: Hotel Marivaux in Brussels. Members 45 Eur, non-members 95 Eur. Info and registrations to mpi.be@arnautspartners.com
A quickie interview with a planner. Click here.
The European Union now made the membership of MPI and BAPCO compulsory to participate to their public tenders for Events. This is a fantastic step in the recognition of the professionalism of both Associations.
Crisis-beating motivational experiences. Click here.
Registration for Site’s Academy for Young Leaders is now live! The dates for the Academy are 26 – 29 July 2009, and the place is Reykjavik, Iceland.  Check it out now on the Site web site at siteglobal.com/academy.
Eurostar has chosen Italian design company Pininfarina, renowned for its work for Ferrari & Maserati, for the renovation of the interior of all its high speed trains.
Steiermark, the green heart of Austria, celebrates summer with a whole series of events, such as 50 years of Daffodilparties www.ausseerland.at, AirPower09: Airshow in Zeltweg - www.airpower09.at , UCI WK Mountainbike Marathon in Graz/Stattegg www.bike09.at
ABTO has unanimously selected a new Board of Directors for 1 year. Claude Perignon stays on as President, Flemish Vice-President is Geert Raes, Francophone Vice-President is Jean-Luc Hans, Treasurer is Josée Claes. Directors: Stefan Boone, Koen van den Bosch and Carmen Van den Bossche.
The Ommegang of Brussels takes place on 30 June and on 2 July at 9 pm. Tickets will be available from June 22. Reservations are already possible by e-mail : a.sas@brusselsinternational.be
After Mont Ventoux, the next bike challenge is l’Alpe d’Huez. Feel like a challenge for you and your bike, go to www.todorecto.be
A recent survey by BATM (Belgian Association of Travel Management) together with ACTE (Association of Corporate Travel Executives) shows that 93% will take a diminishing of the travel budget in account for 2009.
Dopplr, by the makers of Facebook, gives travelers the opportunity by simply introducing their travel plans into the system, to connect with travel plans of their friends and business associates or simply keep them informed.
5 new industrial locations in The Hague are working together as ‘The Industrials’. Het Ketelhuis, Fokker Terminal, Norfolk, the RAC-Hallen and Remise are available for congresses, busines and cultural events, concerts and festivals. www.theindustrials.nl
On 23 February 2009, the very first European Green Capital Award was given for 2010 to Stockholm, and for 2011 to Hamburg.
Become a racing pilot for the day! On Wednesday May 20th 2009 it is possible to participate in a real circuit initiation course on Circuit Zolder. 750 euro all-in. info@racingeventseurope.com
Kasteel Withof announced their closure. The first star rated restaurant in Belgium to fall victim of the crisis!
Picasso can be admired at the National Gallery London until June 7th 2009.
Newsweek elected St Pancras International as the most beautiful train station in the world…maybe because it also has the longest champagne bar in Europe?.....
On November 9th the world celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. A great many activities and events are planned to commemorate this important event.
Brussels Jazz Marathon, 29 – 30/05/2009
14th of May - 18 hrs: ‘Meet Finland Workshop’ in Brussels. For professional MICE planners only. Inscriptions: annelies.bakker@skynet.be
Invitation to meet with Valle d’Aosta on May 7th at Kasteel Diepensteyn between 11 am and 4 pm. From 12 till 2 pm you are invited to a wonderful buffet of regional products of Valle d’Aosta.
Register via Kristien@glenaki.com or on tel +32(0)50 61 42 07

The Malaysian Airways cabin crews has been for the 6th time been elected as best cabin crew by the Skytrax survey of over 15 million travelers.
Etihad Airways, which began flying less than six years ago, has won the award for having the best business class in the world following a global poll by 15 million air travellers. The national airline of the UAE also won the world’s best business class catering award.
Ten million suitcases less lost! For the airline industry a saving of over 800 million dollars in search and recuperation cost.
The European airline business is going for a total collective loss of minimum 1.5 billion euro this year.
Air France is introducing a new private cabin on its long-haul flights, situated between the Business and Economy cabins: Premium Voyageur. 40% additional space compared with economy class.

For the 3rd consecutive year the Crowne Plaza ‘Le Palace’ Brussels has won the Quality Excellence Award. The yearly award goes to the hotel with highest level of client satisfaction for overall quality.
Kempinski has announced that Bilila Lodge Kempinski (74 rooms) will open on 1 June 2009  in the Serengeti National Park. www.kempinski.com
On the occasion of the 5th annual meeting of its Grands Chefs, Relais & Châteaux launches a new website www.grandschefs.com. Each chef has a dedicated page on which to present his/her profile, wishes and unique expertise.
Dolce Hotels & Resorts have launched their “Meeting Stimulus” program with significant reductions. For more info, go to www.dolce.com
Romantik Hotels has published their 2009 Wellness Guide. For your own copy write to romantikhotels@skynet.be
The new Ibis Hotels website offers travelers environmentally friendly tips about the choice of their hotel: 10 points from reception till bathroom that will help save the planet.
Sofitel Le Louise (Brussels) launches its new Brunch concept, every Sunday at the Rubis Club. A holiday feeling for young and old, not be missed!