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Shark attack at Aquatopia!
The Wood

Aquatopia, the unique water wonderland opposite Central Station in Antwerp is known for its great collection of exotic fish and reptiles. In the coming weeks the 12 different sharks are put in the spotlight. 9 of them live in a 400.000 liter aquarium and can be admired from the transparent tunnel that goes underneath the aquarium.

The new “shark experience” goes one further and makes it possible to go up close and personal with a 3 meter long shark, touch him and for the very brave even feed him…Maybe the sharks will be better understood after you have touched and caressed them…?

We are not so sure but definitely worth a try!

www.aquatopia.be

The Bois de la Cambre is one of the most beautiful landscaped public parks in Europe and was classified as an historical monument in 1976. In the heart of this green lung of Brussels you can find ‘The Wood’, an old hunting pavilion, completely restored to its former glory.

Newly opened, The Wood is rapidly on its way to become one of the trendy places of the capital, its restaurant seats 100 inside and 150 on the magnificent terrace outside. Once the winter season is upon us, smokers can still retire to the beautifully appointed smokersroom. The venue can be taken over for events and has a great room on the first floor, ideal for product launches , etc.. And ..no parking problems in that neck of the woods!

www.thewood.be

Wish you were here ...


‘Kasteel Groenhoven’ is the living proof that one does not always have to travel far away to have the ‘wish you were here’ feeling. The Mansion lies exactly between Antwerp and Brussels and is still today a fairly unknown venue.

The castle has been completely renovated by its owners and combines the high living with a super modern setting. It is surrounded by a magnificent 25 acres park with a lake which can be used for the organization of teambuilding activities. Inside, the castle offers several meeting facilities and also 5 bedrooms. And if it is a really big party you had in mind, the party tents in the garden can house large numbers without having to wonder about excessive noise! A special detail, on the roof of the house is an open air shower; imagine yourself showering under the stars with a view of the lake and the impressive gardens. What more can you ask for?

The team at ‘Kasteel Groenhoven’ is very creative, they will even find you little elfins to welcome your guests in the gardens. Last but not least, Groenhoven houses its own genuine Rubens painting....

Click here to watch the YouTube video - Gregory Coenen, Gregory@groenhovenestate.com

Legendary Citroen on the French Roads
The MaX

A drive with the legendary and fabulous ‘Traction Avant Citroen’ is guaranteed to be the stuff that makes memorable experiences. Its positive image among all generations will be a wonderful way of traveling and meeting people.

The 7, 11, 15 and 22 HP tractions are not just legends. They're the cars of police, bandits, Gestapo, but also the car of the resistance. Built from 1934 to 1957, this car changed the automobile world with its mechanical and body innovations.
Dating from 1938 to 1957, the Citroen tractions have been completely reconditioned and are mechanically sound cars. They are easily and comfortably driven by all. Their bodies are in mint condition as are all security elements to ensure a safe drive to all its occupants.

www.vintage-roads.com

At a party we recently attended we discovered a group of crazy music makers who brought a rather stuffy group of people alive..and on the dance floor.

The MaX is a band of 7 professional musicians who offer not only a great selection of music for play but will totally adapt to the concept or theme of your party. Because they are a tiny bit mad ..they say so themselves!! …. they seem to be able to convey their happy, crazy mood to a crowd of party goers as divers as they may be, and that alone is worth its weight in gold to any event organizer!
Swing, groove, latino or a combination of all styles, the MaX will bring it with enthusiasm and professionalism for just 1 hour or for an entire evening, the choice is yours!!

www.the-max.biz

BBT Online readers favorites!

Today’s BBT Online readers sharing their favorites with us are Anja De Haen, Head of MICE Benelux at BCD Meetings & Incentives and Nicolas Le Brun, President European Federation of the Associations of Professional Congress Organisers (EFAPCO) & Managing Director Destree Organisation.

Anja is a much travelled lady but with a definite favoritism towards Antwerp! She describes not only her favorite eating places but has some great views on dinner partners etc..a must read! Click here for more!

Click here to read more on Nicolas’ selection: his favorite countries, hotels, MICE personality (National and International) and find out which brilliant mind is family of Nicolas.


Serene Cambodian beauty
All-expenses-covered stay: Quincy!
Located on the southeast coast of Cambodia, the resort comprises of 3 renovated villas built in the 1970s in Le Corbusier style. The eleven rooms are all individually decorated and each have their own identity. Each of the villas has large terraces with breathtaking views of the sea and the islands. The surrounding garden are ideal for yoga and meditation.

Founded by two Belgians, who came to Cambodia on holidays in 2003, the three villas were transformed into an enchanting hideaway, where personalized service gives you a sense of home, family and community. Knai Bang Chatt” in Khmer means a rainbow encircling the sun. In Buddhist symbolism, this rainbow is the halo around Buddha's head. It is this halo that shelters and protects everyone who comes to Knai Bang Chatt, where a sense of the divine exudes from its location, facilities and the genuine people who greet you.

www.knaibangchatt.com

Singapore is a growing city that looks after its creature comforts, especially when travelling. Proof, a new hotel recently opened in Singapore to provide a bespoke, all-expenses-covered stay: Quincy, a city hotel targeting business (and leisure) travellers.

Situated just steps away from Singapore's Orchard Road, Quincy is a 108-room boutique hotel where the room rate covers virtually everything. Guests begin their visit with complimentary limousine pickup from the airport and free wifi during the 20-minute ride.
Three meals a day at the hotel are also included, as are cocktails from 6 to 8 pm. It's a clever move - cost-cutting measures have slashed corporate travel budgets, and those travelling for business might well be swayed by a hotel that will pamper them without presenting a long, itemized bill or unexpected charges.

www.quincy.com.sg

Webwatch – a usefull tool
Ladies, maybe the solution for sore feet!

Looking for ideas for incentives or events and don’t know where to start looking, Webwatch is the site for you. Belgium based it will list you – alphabetically – the different suppliers and ideas that are floating about on the internet for the moment. Extremely handy and easy to use, it may help you gain time in your researches!
http://www.webwatch.be/events.cfm/incentives/

Etiquette abroad!
Kevin Strubbe, former major domo at the Belgian Court, has written a most useful and interesting book on etiquette in other countries. He gives tips and pointers for a great number of countries that will help travelers to enjoy their foreign experience even more without upsetting the natives!

www.vanhalewyck.be

Women who love their high heels may already be aware of ‘emergency’ flats that roll up and fit inside a purse in order to be slipped onto tired feet the end of a long night of dancing. In England portable flats are now being sold in vending machines at nightclubs. Clearly a concept that can also be extended to sore feet at the end of a long day at a trade fair!

Rollasoles: when tested in nightclubs, the classic looking ballet quickly shoes sold out.
Afterheels are similar rollable ballet flats but have—according to the company—the added feature of being sustainable.
Both Rollasoles and Afterheels are sold with a matching bag to carry their wearer's stilettos home.

www.rollasole.comwww.afterheels.com

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.

www.greatbrazilexpress.com with YouTube film - jasingchu@greatbrazilexpress.com

3 charming venues around Brussels
Domaine des Bouleaux Belgian Congo Pavilion Chateau de la Rocq

A private estate houses this well-proportioned 19th century building, which is light and airy, with seven bay sections and two smaller and lower wings; perfect for meetings or quiet and comfortable private and business events.

The range of rooms which lead on to each other without doors and the vast orangery offer numerous possibilities. The 2 hectare park with its capacious parking area surrounds this grandiose country house provides a magical, peaceful setting.

www.restauration nouvelle.be



If you are looking for an original site for your seminars and company meetings, the Belgian Congo Pavilion transports its guests into an exotic universe, transporting them to it in 4x4 vehicles. Located in the park of the Chateau de la Rocq, isolated from the stress of the outside world.

African musicians and dancers can, if you wish, provide an original touch to your event. Bison meat, crocodile meat, or barbecued ostrich will transport you to the African savannah without even leaving Belgium. So, no need to revise your Swahili or Lingala.

www.restauration-nouvelle.be



Built in 1660 and surrounded by charming lakes, ponds and a set in a magnificent 30 hectare park, this exceptional country house is an ideal location for hosting a successful business meeting.

Its idyllic setting is the ideal location for a rewarding team meeting or the launch of a new product.
Both the romantic atmosphere of its waterside terrace and the natural splendors of the park and the woods make this a property of unequalled prestige. The venue is 25 minutes from Brussels.

www.restauration-nouvelle.be

More interested in the latest new and funky venues? Click here for the latest original venues & ideas for all size of events in Brussels. Read all about: Jazz Station, BE52, Studio202, Chateau d’Eau, Musee Magritte and Chalet Robinson. And for another new venue, BIP.

Square: the countdown has started!!
Havana after-work parties

After years of intensive remodeling and enlargement work, the Brussels convention hall finally re-opens its doors and as of September 20th will welcome its first guest under the new identity: SQUARE!

On September 20th of the year 2009 at 20.09 Hrs (Yes, 20.09 of 2009 at 20.09 !!) a huge party will break loose on the Mont des Arts to celebrate the opening of this new Jewel in Brussels’ Crown! This is a celebration for the whole of Brussels and therefore the party is open to all and promises to be great! Just make sure to get there on time to get a good spot from where to enjoy the festivities!

www.square-brussels.eu



The Havana Club Brussels is a great place to attend the International After-work Parties that take place there on a regular basis. Havana after-work is a group of friends, a community who like to meet up and network after a long day at the office and relax over a good drink or a meal with similar minded inhabitants of the Belgian Capital.

www.havana-afterwork.eu

Editor's choice
Some favorite adresses we like to share with you. Visit their websites for more in-dept information.
HOTELS
A little magic corner of paradise. Hotel Los Jardines de Palerm overlooks the bay of San Antonia, Ibiza. 9 rooms, 2 pools. www.jardinsdepalerm.com
Design Hotel Carbon Hotel Genk, with a great spa. www.carbonhotel.be
Suitehotel Pincoffs in Rotterdam. A small luxury hotel in a national monument. 17 rooms, hotel bar and meeting room. The view of the river, the bridges and the skyline is heartwarming. www.hotelpincoffs.nl
Pixelhotel invites its guests in Linz (Austria) to stay in individual rooms and suites that are dispersed throughout the entire city. www.pixelhotel.at

VENUES
Cook&Book in Brussels. 9 differents atmospheres. www.cookandbook.be
In Knokke, the trendy club Zuri. www.zuri.be
Restaurant Scheltema in Leiden (Netherlands). External interested parties can rent (a part of) the complex with a maximum of 650 people for parties, private dinners, or meetings. www.scheltemahoreca.nl
Porto Loosdrecht – a contemporary restaurant at the Loosdrechtse plassen (Netherlands). Direct view on the harbour. Perferct venue for your event www.portoloosdrecht.nl
360 Café Winebar Lounge in Innsbruck. The bar provides from the 7th floor an unrivalled 360 view of the city and surrounding Alps. www.360-grad.at/index1.php
Ready for a party? Nightclub Es Paradis in Ibiza. The dance floor changes in a gigantic swimming pool. Have a look at www.esparadis.com/content/view/2/4/lang,en

DIVERS
The city of Istanbul. Cultural Capital op Europe in 2010. Read our destination report on this vibrant City with a lot of insiders tips. Don’t miss restaurant-bar Reina!
www.bbtonline.eu/Library/destinations/destinations012009.php
The books of the Extremes. ‘Extreme Bars’, ‘Extreme Hotels’ and out recently ‘Extreme Venues’. To name a few extreme venues: a meeting in a secret nuclear bunker, a product lunch under the wings of a space shuttle, an incentive in a igloo, etc
info@tectum.be - www.tectum.be
L ‘association Commundo - www.commundo.nl
Travelling in combination with a charity cause. For everbody between 18 and 79 years old.

Really short

MISCELLANEOUS
An excellent website: www.seetiz.be - Nice places in motion. Restaurants, Bars, Boutiques in 12 different cities through the whole of Belgium. No bad surprises anymore, the small videos of each restaurant, bar etc gives you an excellent idea of what you can expect. You can make a selection on Cuisine, Budget and Atmosphere (business, gourmet, original, with friends, romantic, exotic, trendy).
Don’t miss the most fun event of the year this weekend! For it’s 7th edition, the Fiesta Latina Festival will take place on Av Louise in Brussels on Friday 28th till Sunday 30th of August 2009. www.fiesta-latina.be and .... Fiesta Africa – www.fiesta-africa.be
One surely doesn’t get bored this weekend. There are also the drive in movies at Cinquentenairewww.driveinmovies.be
Due to holidays, you missed the previous Take5? Not to worry, click here to read edition nr 8, http://www.bbtonline.eu/newsletter/take8/index2.html
The “Station du Lac Blanc” in the Vosges-France has launched a new sort of walks: the ‘bare feet’ walks that will take you through beautiful nature spots. www.lac-blanc.com
BTExpo will take place on Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 December 2009 at Tour & Taxis. www.btexpo.com
On September 30 Slovenia, Carinthia and the Friuli Region, Italy organize a joint “workshop without barriers” at chateau du Lac, Genval-Brussels. For details contact brussels@slovenia.info
Following the continued popularity of EIBTM’s post event tours in 2008, this year’s programme has been extended and sees 15 tours to Spanish and European destinations. www.eibtm.com
Management Assistant & Business Gifts, this trade fair will take place at Tour & Taxis on September 15 & 16. www.easyFairs.com
Real handy, a Worldwide Tipping Guide on restaurants, porters, taxi’s, etc  - www.bestconnectiontravel.com/travel101/worldwidetippingguide.html
Live like an Indian for two days or longer, that is now possible in France. Tepees, horses, canoes, tomahawks and more! www.lebonheurdevivre.net
Look inside the most beautiful party and event locations via 360° pictures on www.vanbelgie.be
On September 12th the famous music Festival van Vlaanderen starts in Ghent. www.festivalgent.be
Want to have tips on management from the master himself, Donald Trump, go to http://www.trumpuniversity.com/blog/index.cfm
The Festival of Taste, a cultural Culinary happening, takes place on domain Nieuw Hembrug in Zaandam, near Amsterdam on September 25, 26 and 27. http://www.smaakexplosies.nl/nl/
Franco Dragone, the brain behind Cirque du Soleil, comes to Forest National at the end of the year (22/12/09 – 3/01/10) with his new show ‘KDO”, a family entertainment show, specially for the end of year period! Click here for more info.
Mindful at work, or how to relieve stress in the workplace? A great book! http://xforyou.emm.dm.skynet.be/r/?id=h27c48f25,1331db4e,13322e8f
Erratum: in the previous edition the link to Roof terraces worldwide did not work, click here now!
Both Brussels and Antwerp now offer guided tours by Segway, definitely an original way to visit a city! http://www.belgium-segwaytour.be/
JMIC – IMEX recently organized a Webinar that predicted the shape of recovery in Corporate Meetings; for full details go to http://www.imex-frankfurt.com/webinar.html
For an original guide on hot spots in Dutch and European cities, go to http://www.youropi.com/nl
You’ll like the new Olympus camera that makes skin look smoother and younger and makes you look 10 years younger! www.olympus.be
Do not forget: on Sunday September 20th Brussels will be a car free zone!!
You do not have to travel far to be immersed in a real Brazilian party: September 26th go to the “Aquarela fo Brasil” party and Samba to your hearts content! Click here for details!
Some more news of our ongoing hobby: finding new restaurants worth the detour. L’Autre Cantina on Chaussée de Vleurgat 117, 1050 Brussels, has been open for over a year but we only recently discovered it and although the website is not very promising, once you’re there this Brazilian restaurant is fun. Colorful and with humor interior decoration, large garden, delicious food, good quality, very reasonable prizes – it’s a serve yourself in the kitchen formula (only during the lunch) which creates a fun ambiance at lunchtime. www.lautrecantina.be. To get a real good impression of the restaurant, surf to http://www.seetiz.be/en/restaurants/brussels/71-l_autre_cantina
Recovery starts with planning your 2010 incentives & events now. Click here.
The SITE Global community will held their International Conference in Aruba this year. 30 October – 2 November. Also non-members out of the MICE industry can attend. Click here to see the program.
As a supplier or planner, you can, for 45 euro per year only, support our magazine to keep you informed about the very latest news on Meetings, Conferences and Incentives. Contact us at info@bbtonline.eu to take a membership for one year at 45 euro.
Consult BBT Online’s MICE Agenda, and don’t miss any event.
Applications for AIME’s Hosted Buyer Program are open at www.aime.com.au. The 18th Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo, will be held on 2 & 3 March at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Australia.

HOTELS
After 3 year of renovations by designer Jacques Garcia , “La Mamounia” in Marrakech - Morocco will finally re-open its doors on September 29th. www.mamounia.com
The Forbes Traveller 400 has spoken, naming Italy's Villa d'Este hotel at Lake Como, Italy the World's Best Hotel. www.villadeste.it
Bob Marley’s family opened in Nassau, Bahamas, the Marley Resort & Spa. 16 rooms in what used to be Bob’s vacation home on the beach. www.marleyresort.com
In Gockek, a small fishing town on the Turkish Riviera, Swissotel opened a new hotel, the only hotel in the village! Swissotel Gocek Marina & Spa Resort. www.swissotel.com
Holiday Inn Airport Brussels proudly presents its new image after a great refurbishment. The new meeting concept SKOJ is bound to attract attention! info@hibrusselsairport.com
Leopold Hotel Antwerp is the new name on the Antwerp hotel scene. The former Carlton hotel has been completely refurbished. www.leopoldhotelantwerp.com
If you like Ikea furniture, you’ll like the 140 room Ikea Hotel in Delft, Holland! www.tulipinndelft.nl
Discover the newly opened star of the Rocco Forte collection: the Verdura Spa & Golf Resort in Sicily, Italy: www.verduraresort.com

PEOPLE
The ECM Annual Conference took place recently in Gothenburg, Sweden and was attended by 175 delegates. Dieter Hardt-Stremayr (Managing Director of Graz Tourist Office) was elected new ECM president.
Jean-Claude Defour, ex CWT, has taken on the job of General Manager Club Med Holland.
Pepper & Salt Events are opening a convention & business lounge in Luxembourg 2550 sqm, looking for staff as from October 2009 to fill the positions as manager convention & business lounge, sales manager. Contact Annik Paquay, annik.paquay@pepperandsaltevents.com
Take part in the Job Day Europe which gathers 10,000 of the most qualified, most multilingual and most motivated applicants since 3 years! Saturday 3 October 2009. Berlaymont, European Commission. www.jobdays.eu
Paul van Wijk is back in Europe! He is responsible for the opening of a new 255 room Hotel, 14 meeting and break-out rooms, 2 restaurants, a bar and “Biergarten” in Munich, Germany. He can be reached on paul.vanwijk@dolce.com

SOMETHING FUNNY
Every take5 edition we publish a small video clip from YouTube. Click here.
This time, top 10 funny commercials. We definitely prefer nr 6.


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