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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!
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What you can learn from butlers?

On 24 June, Jonathan Ramael attended the 20th annual MPI BE Conference in the beautiful Château Fond’Roy in Brussels. This anniversary edition would be all about usMPI members. We would be treated like kings and queens for a day, while at the same time learning how to improve the hospitality and service at our events, venues, hotels or companies.

Main tutor was the honourable Vincent Vermeulen, founder and managing director of the School for Butlers and Hospitality. He would talk about what butlers can teach us all, in the form of body language, efficiency and etiquette.

Click here for the full article.

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Belgium’s first leftover restaurant
Antwerp (almost) has a new conference centre

BBT FavoriteAntwerp is temporarily home to the country’s first restaurant that works only with the leftover products supermarkets won’t sell to their clients.

Greens and fruit come from Albert Heijn and bio-farmers; the meat is leftoverfrom Colruyt. Initiators Ellien Stinissen and Marijke De Jongh hope their experiment will prove successful.

Rekub is a pop-up venue opened till 28 August (only on Friday’s and Saturday’s) in Antwerp’s Felix Pakhuis.

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Elisabeth Center Antwerp is a brand new, state-of-the-art congress and event centre; a complex that should bring more national and international meetings, seminars, congresses and events to Flanders’ largest city.

The building – next to the Central Station and the Antwerp Zoo – has a surface area of 25,000 m² and combines ultramodern facilities with a wonderful authentic façade and historical halls. Congresses of up to 1,600 people can be held here. The project will be finished by the end of next year.

Check out a clip of the facilities behind the link:

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Dining in a cable car
New river cruises in Europe and beyond
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Ready for a culinary experience high above the ground in the Slovenian Alps? Yes? Good!

At sunset, the cable car cabins in this area will be turned into cosy but wobbly little restaurants. Enjoy the wonderful view on the snowy valleys while a famous local chef prepares couple of modern Slovenian dishes for you – only with local and biological ingredients of course.

Four guests per cabin can order a three-course menu.

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river cruises

AmaWaterways is a river cruise specialist offering 5-star trips through Europe, Vietnam, Cambodia and Southern Africa. In 2016 it will deploy 2 brand new ships able to accommodate 158 passenger.

The company will also offer wine cruises departing in Bordeaux, it planned out five art cruises concentrating on the artistic heritage in Northern France, as well as new exotic river cruises through Africa and the Far East.

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BBT Online on a Vespa
Visit the world’s first robot hotel

This summer a team-member of BBT Online joined a Vespa tour through the Flemish Ardennes. The natural beauty of the region took us by surprise – somewhat strange, since we’re so close by in Brussels.

Starting point was Refuge Kapelleberg: a very nice B&B that comes with six stylish rooms and a meeting Club 100room (100m²), which makes it suitable for seminars, product launches and teambuilding activities.,

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The Henn Na Hotel in Nagasaki (also called the Weird Hotel for obvious reasons) has a robot dinosaur manning the reception. Hotel Guests will never encounter human staff during their stay. Luggage is brought to the rooms on self-moving trolleys and the robots can speak different languages and recognise hand gestures.

You can put the lights off by asking the room nicely and you can even ask it what the weather will be. Sounds incredibly cool.

Jurassic Park meets the Terminator?
Five fabulous road trips

Glenaki published a list of five of the most stunning and surprising routes that should be on your road trip bucket list.

No Route 66 or Route Du Soleil on this list, but lesser known options like the Seven Mile Bridge in Florida, the Dadès Gorges mountain route in Morocco, the Atlantic Route in Norway, the Passo Dello Stelvio in Italy and the Transfagarasan in Romania.

Read the full article here.

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New meeting location in Leiden (the Netherlands)

De Waag in Leiden used to be the trade centre of the city, but now it’s one of its newest hotspots, offering food and splendid meeting facilities. The venue was completely refurbished with a new interior and a glass extension.

For meeting professionals, De Waag offers a historic hall full of natural daylight called Waag Boven. It can accommodate 22 people in theatre style. A new terrace will be able to fit 150 guests as from the spring of 2016.

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BBT Online on Ile de la Réunion
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BBT Online’s Frank De Neef visited Ile de la Reunion – close to Madagascar – to attend the 10th Net-M@nagers conference. Afterwards he enjoyed an interesting famtrip.

He flew over an active volcano, had exceptional views over the warm Indian Ocean and saw almost limitless possibilities for incentives and MICE events: natural beauty, amazing venues, outstanding hospitality and happy, friendly people.

Read all about it here.

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Meet Catalonia – Destination report/Educational trip

From 11 to 15 June, BBT Online’s Publisher Karin de Graauw attended MEET Catalunya: an event focussed on presenting the value of the Catalan region to foreign MICE specialists, combining a B2B workshop with several familiarisation trips.

74 Catalan companies and 73 meeting planners from 15 European countries participated, discovering a wide variety of what Catalonia has to offer in terms of events, congresses, conferences and incentive trips.

Read the full article, click here.


BBT Online’s Bucket list

Every month we ask 2 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?

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This month, we asked Meeting in Brugge’s Sales Manager Sarah Cornand (35) and Oviation Global DMC’s Director of Strategic Partnerships Hugo Slimbrouck (58). Here are their answers, click here.

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Real Short !!

28-29 August, Square, Brussels: Brussels Creative Forum. The Brussels Creative Forum aims to bring together the capital’s cultural and creative sectors by building bridges between different language groups.
Monday August 31. BBT Online’s B2B speed-date workshop. Behind this link you can find the invitation and inscription form.
4-6 September, Brussels: Brussels Comic Strip Festival. Double the size of last year’s edition, the giant tents in Brussels Park will house something for everyone: activity booths workshops, exhibitions, signings, conferences et cetera.
10-12 September, Rotterdam/The Hague: educational trip. Discover the newest and most interesting venues in Rotterdam and The Hague during this three day famtrip. Register here.
25 September, Diamant, Brussels: Inspiration Seminar. Tourism Marketing Group (previously known as brings together more than 100 Belgian companies to attend a presentation full of ideas for their next meeting, teambuilding, incentive or event.
25-27 September, Bonapartedok, Antwerp: Zeelandparade. The Dutch province of Zeeland will present itself as a touristic, maritime and cultural destination to Antwerp in this annual event to showcase the Port of Antwerp’s water heritage. More than 50 authentic ships will be in the harbour.
Go on a discovery of Ireland on 21 - 25 October. Meet the people behind the best venues and meeting spaces and take part in a stimulating workshop – along with pre & post fam tours. You’ll experience what makes Ireland a unique MICE destination, including the highlight of a scenic safari on the Wild Atlantic Way – Ireland’s stunning coastal route. More info, click here.
Consult BBT Online’s MICE agenda, and don’t miss any event.

Online magazines might be commonplace these days, but when BBT Online’s first newsletter was published 14 (!) years ago, it was a visionary idea.
Did you know that 34 million newspapers are thrown away unsold in Belgium every year? Incredible, isn't it?
Hiring a speaker for your event can be a daunting task. Eventmanagerblog published an article listing five signs telling you, you picked the wrong one. Click here for the full article.
Weemss Event Registration Software celebrates its one year anniversary this month. That’s why it is publishing a book titled ‘Organising Events on a Zero Budget’ containing 80 tips for aspiring event organisers. You can download the book here.
Lots of foreign trade fairs & conferences see a portion of their delegates magically disappear during the day, going for some sightseeing in the host city. Here are 13 tips to keep them at the conference until it finishes. Nailing them to their seats is not one of them.
Cuba will become MSC Cruises’ newest destination starting December 2015. Several cruise formulas will offer nights in Havana, while also visiting Jamaica, the Caiman Islands and Mexico.
Meetings & Conventions published a list of the top 25 women in the meetings industry.
These are the top ten European destinations for 2015, according to Lonely Planet. We never even heard of the first one, but it looks pretty sweet.
According to the 2014 Barcelona Congress Market report, drawn up annually by Turisme de Barcelona, last year’s revenue for MICE tourism stood at almost € 1.47 billion. The city hosted a total of 1,969 events with more than 40 delegates. 77% of participants were international (30.5% of whom were from outside Europe) whilst the remaining 23% were Spanish.
BCD M&I and BCD Travel have merged into a new international player: BCD Meetings & Events. Former BCD M&I Global President Scott Graf will lead the new organisation employing 700 people in more than 40 countries.

Tsjing is a clever app allowing you to order drinks & food in bars, restaurants or festivals directly through your smartphone. It’s still being developed as we speak.
Ciao-Tutti comes with a handbag with built-in solar cell battery. This allows you to charge your phone while it’s in your bag. Very good idea.

Mid-July, Different Hotels kicks off its brand new YUP Hotel concept in Hasselt. YUP Hotel was created with modern urban adventurers in mind and offers 59 Cabins – cleverly designed 12m² rooms where you can access everything from your bed.

Schiphol Airport now offers a smartphone app that allows you to reserve a parking spot. The cheapest formula goes for € 49,50 for eight days.
As of 29 October, Jetairfly connects Antwerp to Rome three times a week. Rates start from € 29,99. is a site that shows you the quality of an airline, what planes it uses and which are the best seats for you to pick on which flights. Travelers can leave their own ratings and remarks.

Melina Beckers left Holiday Inn Brussels Airport to become Junior Project Manager at BrandEvent and will also work as a freelancer for BBT Online to strengthen our social media presence.
Jamila Mstoian left after 2 years the Hotel Amigo Brussels and decides to move on to new challenges and expand her horizon.
After 5 years spent at the Royal Windsor Hotel Grand Place, Jennifer Devos leaves the hotel for a new challenge. She will be moving on to pursue new career opportunities.
Caroline Dubreucq will be leaving Colloquium and is looking for a new challenge in the event project management segment. You can reach her at
This month’s Something Funny isn’t really funny – but it will surely make you feel good. Enjoy this short, sunny compilation of people being awesome: an ode to mankind. Some of the stunts are insane! Click here.


Karin de Graauw – Editor-in-chief BBT Online
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