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We expect a warm summer!

Zamen is a leading group of hospitality professionals in the greater The Hague (Netherlands) region, who are each reputable and attractive with a unique look, feel and taste of their own, but share the Zamen quality seal. The ‘WIJ’ and ‘Doen!’ beach clubs are obvious summer favourites for events by the sea. The Harbour Club, Madestein, Square, De Veiling, Binnen and Simpel are ready year round to accommodate your group and exclusive events and turn them into a memorable success.
www.zamen.nl, marianne@contourconsult.be

Other trendy beach clubs in the Netherlands, click here.

Wish you were here


.... Wish we were here, at the rooftop restaurant named Vertigo Grill & Moon Bar of the luxury hotel Banyan Tree, towering some 61 floors above the streets of Bangkok. Bangkok, we are on our way: http://www.banyantree.com/en/bangkok/index.html

BBT Online goes in October together with 15 Belgium hosted Incentives houses to the IT&CMA fair in Bangkok. We surely make a visit to the Vertigo Bar. We still have space for incentive houses from the Netherlands, UK, Germany and France. Interested? Mail us at info@bbtonline.eu.

Vertigo is rated nr 5 on the Top 100 World’s Best Bar list. Curious about the top 3, surf to http://www.worldsbestbars.com/top-100.htm

Style, Sex & Soup
10 most popular city destinations with insider’s tips
Style, Sex & Soup is the original slogan for a converted hotel that the La Bergère Group will open shortly in Maastricht, Holland. Hotel ’X’’ is still being kept under wraps and is in full renovation but the campaign attracts the necessary interest in the totally new concept!

Style because the new hotel will be afeat of design and architecture; Sex because it will be sexy and curious and illustrates a passion; Soup because there will be authenticity and good cuisine. The newly started La Bergère Group can be found on www.la-bergeregroup.com
www.stijlsexensoep.nl
Cityzapper.nl, the popular Dutch website for the best addresses and tips reported by flight crew, expats, and cityreporters on the best restaurants, clubs, hotspots, fancy shops (you don’t find here the boring information you can find in every standard city guide, but real insider tips on hotspots, places which are in today, but which will be out tomorrow), has published the results of a survey into the popularity of cities and Barcelona is still heading the board!

Barcelona is followed by London, Paris, Rome, Istanbul, Berlin, New York, Lisbon, Vienna and Madrid. The popularity of London is of course explained by the ‘cheap’ pound versus the euro. For more info go to www.cityzapper.nl



Conference and Event Management Course Restaurant week 21 great countries for budget travel


19 & 20 November 2009 are the dates for the 4th edition of this course, supported by MPI and taught by Dutch MICE personalities, which will take place at the Dorint Hotel at Schiphol, Holland.

The course is aimed at professional organizers in companies, associations or government and will contain subjects such as financial management, successful content, communication, and many other subjects, all necessary to organize successful meetings and events. For more information, contact
www.en-garde.net/trainers.html



The next edition of the Restaurant week takes place in Antwerp, Brussels, etc. from June 8th till 14th. More than 250 restaurants offer special deals (lunch at € 20 and dinner at € 27!!), a great way to discover a new restaurant without breaking the bank!

Book quickly on www.restaurantweek.be as the places go quickly and only online reservations are accepted!


When the crisis makes itself felt, there are still a number of great countries where travel remains affordable. Tim Leffel traveled 3 times around the world and has collected tips on 21 countries that are beautiful yet you do not need to break the bank to travel there.

To mention some destinations: Bulgaria, Romania, India, Nepal, Laos, Honduras, Peru, Guatemala etc. ‘The World’s Cheapest Destinations’ travels over all continents to countries close and far. Leffel also has a blog on budget travel, http://travel.booklocker.com/
Meeting Misperceptions...they're out there.....


Mike van der Vijver is a management consultant who gives us his insights on the many misperceptions that exist about our industry. Have Meetings anything to do with Tourism? "The whole way the Meeting industry is structured points to an enormous overlap. " Mike explains why today’s crisis is definitely not a reason to stop all meetings, on the contrary...

Read more about his original approach to some of the erroneous perceptions that do the rounds about the Meetings Industry,
click here ....

Good Food at Brussels Airport


Security may have driven us all much earlier than we would like to the airport, but nowadays the waiting has been made much nicer with the creation of a number of great food outlets and trendy restaurants within the airport zones. A small selection:

The Pilot: this unique gastronomic restaurant with lounge bar is located on the 4th floor of the departure hall of Brussels Airport. The setting feels like an English Club, the food is outstanding.
 
Beaudevin: wine and tapas bar. In this stylish bar, situated in Terminal A, all evolves around wines. A prepaid enomatic card system enables you to taste different wines, accompanied by a tasty selection of tapas.
 
Black Pearls, premium seafood restaurant: also situated in Terminal A, this restaurant has the best what the sea has on offer served within the blink of an eye and accompanied by the appropriate wines.
www.brusselsairport.be

Find out more about the range of possibilities that the concept ‘Food & Drinks at Brussels Airport’ has to offer you. Also for groups. Click here.
Special events can be organised at any time upon request.

Olympic level advice at Aspria Sports
L’Axess, new kid on the block
Aspria Club Brussels, the sports club in the heart of Brussels’ European quarter, wants to encourage you to exercise by linking you to sports stars. Members can now get fitness advice from a team of sports experts, including former Olympic athletes, record holders and national champions.
www.aspria.be - www.aspria-experts.be


Since a couple of weeks l’Axess in Brussels is the latest place to be for a drink or a bite to eat. Lounge atmosphere, friendly if still slightly inefficient staff, excellent food – fusion cuisine – and decent cocktails..the perfect place for an after work drink or meal with friends, cozy ambiance and definitely a place to watch in the coming months.

For smokers, a specially enclosed glass salon where they can enjoy a cigarette or good cigar during the meal without having to brave the elements outside!
Regular events are announced, see www.laxess.be
Wellness Guide@Romantik Hotel

Wellness is all about ‘feeling well’ and that is exactly what one can find in the brand new Wellness Guide of Romantik Hotels. 62 Wellness Hotels in 5 European Countries offer a wide choice of accommodation and different treatments. The brochure exists in English and German and is an invitation to travel to a world where ‘feeling good’ has been refined to an art level.

For more information or your personal copy, mail romantikhotels@skynet.be.

Magic in Libya



For an ‘out of this world’ experience Libya and the totally renovated Magic Desert Lodges in Ubari and Akakus, Libya, are definitely a good choice. Located in the heart of the Libyan Sahara, the camp offers a high standard of comfort: spacious and elegant tents with private bathroom, a Saharan restaurant, a Bedouin tent…The best service in an idyllic landscape, the closest one can come to an authentic desert experience in a breathtaking landscape.

For more information, contact Cathy Van Keer: cathy@magic-DMC.com - www.magiclibya.com
For more Magic Pictures of the lodges and the desert, http://picasaweb.google.be/magicdmc and http://ubari.magiclibya.com/

E-mail signatures for charity
If e-mail signatures can be put to work to help support a political candidate, just imagine the impact they could make for charity. That's essentially the rationale behind Replyforall, a site that uses custom e-mail signatures to raise not just awareness but cold, hard cash for a select group of charitable causes.
Replyforall gives users a way to raise money for their favourite causes by simply adding a tailored signature to the e-mails they normally send. The service is completely free for users; they can track the impact of their own support via a personal impact page. Replyforall, meanwhile, donates funds to the causes every quarter and regularly reports back with the impact of those donations.
www.replyforall.com
Jargon busting website launched

A new website aims to provide solace for both newcomers to the travel industry, and even for seasoned professionals with one abbreviation too many to cope with. www.traveljargon.org is an A-Z of nearly 11,000 terms, acronyms and expressions for both business and leisure travel.

Meet the 4 Elements: MICE workshop
A classic by now: Great Britain, France, Holland and Switzerland join forces to present all the latest news on their respective countries at the yearly MICE workshop: Meet the 4 Elements. On Wednesday June 17 and Thursday June 18th specialists from the 4 countries are at the disposal of Meetings & Incentives professionals. The workshops take place at Nine City in Brussels. Attendance per invitation only.

www.meetthe4elements.be

4 travel books to covet!

- Te Gast in Cuba: a collection of travel stories reflecting the hunkering for freedom on Cuba.

Tibet: subtitle: Escape from the Roof of the World, a richly illustrated history of the plight of the Tibetan People.

- 400 droomreizen: we all have a or several ‘dreamtrips’ in our mind. This selection can be a help to travel if only in your mind!

- De grote spoorwegcarrousel retour: travel writer Paul Theroux goes on a 4 month long trip through Asia on the train.



What’s up in Belgium?...



What’s up in Belgium is an online Belgian City guide where people like you and I can comment on what we do and don’t like.
 * Search and find: on the site you can easily find cool places to eat, drink, shop, visit and spend time in any Belgian city. You will be able to read reviews about your favorite places, businesses, and events written by your friends and thousands of other people with local knowledge.
 * Write your own reviews: you will be able to share your experiences by writing reviews on your favorite places and by rating them. Don’t forget to upload photos and videos as they do speak louder than words!
 * Meet people: it is also a good and new way to meet new people with the same interests as you and who knows, they might even live right next door to you!
www.whatsupin.be

Original Hotels

There is definitely no shortage of original hotels in this world, a small selection…

The Apostrophe Hotel, a new design hotel, unique in Paris. It's a poem hotel created with the imagination of an artist; it's a boutique hotel in the heart of the left bank. Every room tells a story about writing and human intelligence…
www.apostrophe-hotel.com

In Holland, near Apeldoorn, a 1960 Ilyushin airplane has been transformed by a Dutch business man into a luxury suite with Jacuzzi, LCD TV, shower, free Wifi and infrared sauna…a must for airplane lovers. www.hotelsuites.nl

A tent I hear you say?? Wait until you see the Tendi Lodge tents with real beds and all mod-con facilities that make camping a real treat for those wanting to be near nature!
Tendi offer 10 quiet locations in Europe where one and enjoy these ’more than just a tent’ facilities. www.tendi.nl

Not original enough for you? What do you think of a night in a wine barrel, a prison, a cloister, a pyramid, farm, ship, etc. Located in Belgium and the Netherlands, www.hotelsuites.nl/bijzondergebouw.php

And other original places:
www.qbichotels.com
- www.frankrijk-noord.nl - www.strandhuisjeswillyzuid.nl/strandhuisjes - www.theducket.co.uk - www.boerenbed.nlwww.dromenaanzee.nlwww.capsulehotel.infowww.campingraft.comwww.torentje.nlwww.boomtent.nlwww.twentetipi.nlwww.dasparkhotel.net - www.hoteldewatertoren.nl


Really short

MICE Agenda, click here
For those who don’t feel the crisis, don’t miss the ‘Prestige Fair’ – a new way of lifestyle. Kasteel van Brasschaat – From 29th of May till 1 st of June 2009. 11.00 – 21.00 hrs. www.prestigbeurs.be
MPI Belgian Chapter is well on its way to attain for the first time since its existence, the magic number of 150 members!
Eurostar has published its first “green travel” report 2009 which proudly mentions that the goal to reduce CO2 by 25% by the year 2012 has already been achieved!
The travel guide ‘Le Petit Futé’ has launched its 2009-2010 Beer Guide to Belgium.
Club Med offers the second person at 50% discount in May, June, July & August of this year.
Looking for a budget yet first class photo shoot of your company, contact www.danielrys.be
...a steel at € 269!
Want to have a laugh this summer, the Stand up Brussels Summer Festival (in English) on May 28th, June 13th and July 2nd is your thing. www.standupworld.com
Switzerland announces the publication of the new Meeting guide for the MICE industry. www.myswitzerland.com/meetings
From 2 until 5 June 2009, a unique exhibition of the Art Deco collection of Charles Catteau will be held at Pierre Bergé & associés (Grand Sablon 40, 1000 Brussels - Belgium).
Registration for the Luxury Travel Mart 2010 has started from at www.luxurytravelmart.ru. The 6th Luxury Travel Mart will be on the 16th of March 2010 at The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow.
Interested in Afro-Latino culture, Brusselstudio in Ixelles is the place to go and enjoy the rythms of a great culture! www.afro-latino-culture.com
Looking for a job? www.lemploi.be
2009’s Top Ten Meeting Trends (source EUROMIC). Click here
For enterprisers: Ondernemen 2009 – Ghent – 14 & 15th of October 2009

AIRLINES
The European Commission has announced that 27 planes from companies Ryanair, bmi and TAP have now been equipped with technology to permit the use of mobile phones during the flight. A call at 30.000 ft costs €1.60 per minute, a text message can cost as from € 0.43 per message.
SAS to launch mobile boarding passes: SAS Scandinavian Airlines customers are now able to travel using only their mobile phone.
VLM Airlines opened flights on Antwerp – Frankfurt, www.flyvlm.com
From 15 April 2009, Singapore Airlines (SIA), together with the Singapore Tourism Board and Singapore Changi Airport, offers all its customers the Fabulous Singapore Stopover package for just 1 Euro for the first night stay in Singapore.
British Airways confirms that New York is still the most popular destination for business Torism, followed by Paris, Dubai, London and Amsterdam.

HOTELS
Rezidor will open 3 new hotels in 3 new countries: the Radisson Blu Hotel Lusaka in Zambia (Q3 2009, 142 rooms), the Radisson Blu Hotel Skopje in Macedonia (Q1 2011, 210 rooms), and the Radisson Blu Hotel Luanda in Angola (Q1 2012, 257 rooms).
Design Hotels introduces its re-launched book and magazine. With a complete physical and conceptual makeover both the New Directions magazine and The Design Hotels BOOK showcase the people and experiences behind the brand’s new core message: Made by Originals. www.designhotels.com
Starwood Hotels in Brussels and their 4 main restaurants, L'Epicerie at Hotel Le Méridien, Crescendo at the Sheraton Brussel Hotel, Gullivers in the Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel and La Fourchette in Hotel Four Points, invite you to a festival of 100% Belgian products until June 20th!
Rezidor announces the Park Inn Brussels Midi. The property featuring 142 rooms will be located adjacent to the Gare du Midi train station and welcome the first guests in early 2011.
Olivier Dubois has left the Husa President Park Hotel on May 15th and will shortly contact us with his new details.
In need of a FREE break? Amsterdam is the place. Between May 15th and July 31st, the Dutch capital gives away 1001 free roomnights; go to www.holland.com for more details.
erijke@holland.com
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