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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!

Enjoy our 92nd edition. All of our take5 articles are advertorial free.

Virtual reality dinner
Discover Ghent from the water
Virtual reality

Want to have your dinner on Ibiza while enjoying a state-of-the-art, 3D, virtual reality experience? €1,500 per person for a 20-course tasting menu which is the most expensive price tag for a restaurant meal on the planet.

Two years of hard work in cooperation with chefs, designers, engineers, illusionists, set designers, architects, choreographers and screenwriters merged haute cuisine gastronomy and breakthrough technology to create the first gastronomic show in the world.

Sublimotion will be open only during the summer season on the island and the menu will change every year.

Check out the impressive video here.

Virtual reality

Renting your own speedboat to race through the canals in Ghent and it’s green surroundings? Must be expensive, right? Well it’s not.

BBT Online did so during the Gentse Feesten and had the best of times. Discover the wonderful Agendaarchitecture and splendid nature in and around the city in a new shiny boat with Bootverhuur Gent.

It’s not hard to start feeling like James Bond in a setting like this.

Check it out on:

It’s better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation!
Pokemon Go to power up your planning strategy

Pokemon GoPokemon Go: lots of people love it, some people hate it with a passion, some other people use it as a reason to whine about this generation. Fact is: everyone knows about it.

Since its launch a month ago, scenic spots in cities all over the country have flocked with Pokemon hunters. Why not use this new craze to the benefit of your meetings and events?

In this link are five ways for event professionals to power up their planning strategy with Pokemon Go.

Zen in Antwerp
‘Jaz’ in Amsterdam
Zen in Antwerp

B&B Koto in central Antwerp just expanded with two new garden suites and an actual treehouse. The garden was transformed into a tropical oasis with an Indian and an African garden suite, a heated outdoor pool and a fitness space.

Both suites come with an outside living room, a fireplace and big lounge pillows. One of the suites is connected to a treehouse. The B&B can be rented as a venue for events, photo shoots, etc.


‘Jaz in the City’ is one of Steigenberger Hotels new brands – modern, hip venues in the city centre. The first Jaz in Amsterdam opened this June next to the Amsterdam ArenA and the Ziggo Dome.

The hotel is centred on music, art, culture and good food. There are spontaneous performances and showcases at regular intervals. Jaz in the City Hotel Amsterdam features 247 superior rooms and 11 rock star suites. Three meeting areas are available as well.

Advertorial – Crowne Plaza Brussels Airport hotel
Crowne Plaza

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Crowne Plaza Brussels Airport hotel, the hotel have created an unique offer for your next meeting! Add something extra to your meeting; a free upgrade, welcome or closing cocktail or a shuttle to the city center to experience Brussels to the fullest.

With 18 fully equipped meeting rooms, the hotel can host meetings for up to 350 guests. All their meeting rooms have daylight and you can enjoy the beautiful park during one of your coffee breaks.

Need an overnight stay? The hotel has 315 comfortable rooms or suites. They will go the extra mile to make your meeting a success! Have a look at their latest video!

For you next meeting request, please contact

Crowne Plaza
Crowne Plaza
Gourmet dining at the waterside
New venue: Belgian beer castle
Gourmet dining

Autumn is more than just the saddest season of the year. It’s also the name of a lovely culinary festival organised along the Brussels canal from 18 to 30 October.

Some of the country’s best chefs will join forces to cook for you on several unique, temporary locations. In ‘Gastronomique’, four top chefs will cook for 160 guests every evening. At ‘Mercato’, you can taste the best street food delicacies from all over the world.

Exclusive dining spaces can be rented in the Audi VIP Business Lounge. After dinner, there is The Club to enjoy live music, dancing and lounge sofas. The complete event can be privatised for business parties.

More info, mail

Belgian Beer Castle

The Vanhonsebrouck Brewery (makers of Kasteel, Bacchus and several other beers) built a new brewing complex in Izegem they aptly named “The Beer Castle”.

It’s more than just a brewery. The site serves as a multifunctional event space, where you can discover everything you need to know about the BBT Club 100profession in new a high-tech presentation. You can of course hold degustation sessions here, but also parties, meetings and a myriads of events.

The castle opened on 10 August this summer!

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Great venues in Lyon

BBT Online, together with several Belgian hosted buyers, was invited to visit the very recently opened design Hotel Fourvière in Lyon. Close to all of the major tourist attractions, Fourvière is housed in the old Convent/Chapel of Visitation built in the 19th century.

It offers 75 rooms and suites, fully equipped meeting and seminar rooms, a wellness centre that is both in- and outdoor with a 25m pool and a private parking in the city centre. Great stay.

Hotel Fourvière

Another great venue in Lyon is Mama Shelter. Its 156 trendy rooms and suites come with iMacs. There's a vibrant restaurant and a bohemian cocktail bar. The hotel also offers six meeting and seminar rooms.

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News from Germany

Haubentaucher is Berlin’s newest urban oasis. This venue offers a lot: an outdoor pool done in 60's Cote D'Azur style, the vine-covered Garden Lounge and a modern indoor event space set in the former maintenance bay of the German Reich Railways.

7,000 total square meters, perfect for a real Berlin-style event.

Haubentaucher München Hoch5

München Hoch5 is a beautiful open space with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over Munich and beyond. They offer 350 m² of open space - and an impressive rooftop bar/restaurant in the adjoining space. To be opened soon!

Roomers is another new hotel in Munich, set to open this fall 2016. 281 rooms, a unique Izakaya restaurant concept, an award-winning bar, spa and wellness facilities and seven conference rooms for up to 400 pax - all ultra-chic and stylish.

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Team Belgium wins the Switzerland Meeting Trophy
Travel mediate comes to Brussels 
Team Belgium

Our team of Belgian MICE professionals did what our football team could not: win a goddamn trophy for once.

The Switzerland Meeting Trophy gave 78 participants the chance to discover the country and its meeting facilities on a rally going from Verbier to Lausanne via Montreux and Vevey.

Eight national teams took part in the competition from 30 June to 3 July, travelling from mountains through the countryside and towns. And in the end, we won! Yeey!


This summer the Dutch marketing agency Travelmediate came up with a brand new MICE event: ‘The Roadshow’. 

This ‘MICE circus’ will travel from Amsterdam to Brussels, Düsseldorf, München and Warschau from August 29th to September 2nd 2016. 

The theme of the event: ‘Art & the City’ will shine a new light on the traditional workshop format and on the travel industry itself: an experience seen from the eyes of the locals On August 30th they will be in Brussels at Brussels Midi Station

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BBT Online’s Bucket list

Every month we ask some prominent MICE personalities and members of BBT Online’s Club 100 to share their bucket list.

What are the five things they desperately want to do or achieve before they cease 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?

This month we asked Marriott Ghent’s Annabelle Stevens (31). Click here to see her list.

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As well as Tim Evens (33), Seauton Intl Congresses & Incentives, Inside Sales,

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Burning desire - journey powered by BBT Online

Burning desireSummer is here, but temperatures will soon rise to excruciating heights. Gilles Devos (44y, Director of Sales at The Dominican) and Roelof Meijering (27y, Food & Beverage Supervisor at The Dominican) are on a quest. August 24th will fly them to America, where they'll undertake a roadtrip from Los Angeles into the desert and back. Ultimate destination: Black Rock City

A dream come true: Burning Man! A challenging journey powered by... BBT Online! Follow the adventures of foxwolf (Devos means fox, Roelof means wolf) on Instagram (t_h_e_q_u_e_s_t) and Facebook (Unofficial: The Quest). Inspired by the extravagance of Burning Man, Gilles and Roelof will launch a flabbergasting fashion label named ?#?foxwolf? upon return (Instagram: f_o_x_w_o_l_f). 

Enjoy their enthusiasm, and get on board with BBT Online...

Read Gilles’ own comments and thoughts while on this crazy
adventure here
. Gilles will also post his experiences at the Burning Man on our FB-page on a regularly basis.

Real Short !!

Consult BBT Online's MICE agenda, and don't miss any event.
8-11 September, Warandepark, Brussels: eat! Brussels. A culinary festival in one of the capital’s most beautiful parks, focused on the Bordeaux region. Several chefs will prepare their signature dishes for you.
10th edition of the Accessible Art Fair is approaching. September 22 – 25 at the Jewish Museum in Sablon, Brussels. More info, click here.
27-29 September, Bangkok Convention Centre @ Centralworld, Thailand: IT&CMA 2016. Join BBT Online as a hosted buyer to the largest dedicated MICE Fair in Asia-Pacific. Send us a mail at if you want to attend.
1 October, Amsterdam: Meet the Blogger 2016. A program full of inspiration, education and fun for bloggers. Click here for registration.
3 October, Martin’s Red Hotel: BATM Educational Forum. Traveler Centricity? Are we ready? An interesting workshop on uniting new technologies and customer service. Click here.
2-4 November, GNV-Majestic, Italy: MITM Euromed. The 20th edition of this international MICE trade market will take place on board a grand cruise ship of the Grandi Navi Veloci float, sailing between Naples and Palermo. Register here.
BBT Online B2B Workshops: 9 January 2017 (incentive and event agents) -10 January (corporates and associations). Join us for another day of networking and fun, with a new selection of top suppliers from Belgium and abroad! The venue will be announced soon. Our second workshop for 2017 will take place on 3 and 4 July.

Want to do the Tour of Flanders without having to cycle more than 200km? Why not rent a Vespa with You pay just €60 for the scooter and €10 for an extra person, and you can drive around for 4 hours with a GPS system.
Eventmanagerblog just published an article on interactive ways to get real-time event feedback. Read it here.
The 2016 Edition of Engaging Events is now out, an e-book on how to use interaction technology to create successful and memorable experiences. Read it here.
Which countries spend the most on travel? Take a look at these 2 maps of inbound and outbound travel. Click here.
The SITE Index Annual Study 2015 shows us that generally, the incentive travel business is growing again. Most of the people involved in the industry see their business as strong. 57% of buyers plan to greatly or slightly increase the number of people eligible for incentive travel awards next year.
For those of you who weren’t present on our B2B workshop at Strantwerpen and La Fabrique en Ville last July, you really did miss a nice event. You can still take a look at the pictures here and here. There’s also a nice movie to check out here. You’ll get a new chance to join us on 9-10 January and on 3-4 July!
In order to further build the leadership capacities, strategic planning and management skills of association managers, the Solvay Brussels School of Economics andManagement now offers an Executive Master in International Association Management. Click here for more info.

Club Commerce is an after work/apéro bar in Ghent that is also available as a co-working space during the day.
Every year, the La Mistralée private mansion in Saint Tropez turns into a Chanel pop-up boutique. Until 5 October you shop the Chanel summer resort collection in this wonderful setting.
Musée de la Piscine is a museum in Roubaix housed around a public swimming pool built in 1932. You enter the main hall through the shower cabins, where you’ll find a versatile collection of paintings, textiles and design.
Cantine', a lovely in Vilvoorde near Brussels, can be transformed into a private dinner club for up to 40 people. Their set menu is inspired by the seasons, and the food will be paired with fitting wines.
'Brood en Bloemen' in Lier offers a somewhat unexpected combination of food and flowers. You can come here for some good honest, nostalgic dishes with bread as an ingredient, but you can get yourself a handpicked bouquet as well. Perfect for lazy men who want to tick off two boxes at the same time.
At 'Les Filles' in Brussels, you come to learn about a healthy way to share a tasty meal. You open the fridge, you cut your bread, you help yourself at the stove, you chat about the daily menu's recipe, and you clear up your own plate. A place to truly feel at home. They also deliver to companies and organise cooking classes.

Roest is a new contemporary restaurant with a warm but industrial looking interior, right across from the MAS Museum in one of Antwerp’s hippest neighbourhoods. Looks cool, doesn’t it?
Restaurant Moon in Amsterdam is a new venue located on the 19th floor of the impressive A’DAM Tower. The whole restaurant is revolving, offering a combo of fine dining and a spectacular 360° panorama of Amsterdam.
After a general meeting of its stakeholders on 12 July, AccorHotels officially announced the acquisition of FRHI Hotels & Resorts. Three prestigious luxury brands are under the FRHI umbrella: Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel.
'Simon Says' is a coffee bar in central Ghent, offering rooms as well. Ideal place to stay for a short visit to the city.
Beginning 30 August the Brussels Tram Experience kicks off its fifth season. A 2-hour ride through Europe’s capital city enjoying Belgium’s culinary heritage.
Airbnb for Business and BCD Travel will start working together to gain more insight into alternative accommodation data (security, risk management, location and travel patterns).
Nyhuset now offers studios in downtown Brussels, as of 70 euro per day, all decorated to make you feel like you are in a place of your own. The Duplex penthouse even offers a wonderful skyline view of the capital.

Valérie Devalériola will leave her function as Head of Commercial Promotion at Atout France. After 19 years of faithful service in the tourism industry, she will embark on a new adventure in a different sector. Gisèle Jamin will take over her responsibilities.
Cyril Manguso became the new general manager of Sofitel Brussels Europe. Manguso was also GM for Novotel Troyes Airport, Mercure Warszawa Fryderyk Chopin and Sofitel Athens Airport.
Tourism Flanders is looking for event coaches to kickstart Eventflanders. Are you experienced and do you want to help managing the Flemish government’s main events? You might be someone they’d be very interested in. Click here for more info about the position.

BBT Online Club 100 welcomed the following new members last month:
  • Christophe Van Campenhout, Act-Wise, Managing Partner,
  • Griet Esselens, Thomas Cook Business Incentives, Experience Designer,
  • Kristof Delhez, Comeos, ICT & Events Officer,
  • Mark De Saeger, Crazzle Casino Events, Managing Director,
  • Mohamed Mezghani, Deputy Secretary General, Association UITP: Advancing Public Transport
  • Nathalie Van Holsbeke, Thomas Cook Business Incentives, Experience Designer Groups & Incentives,
  • Tania De Grave, Scancoming Benelux, Managing Director Groups & MICE,
  • Tim Evens, Seauton Intl Congresses & Incentives, Inside Sales,

If you’re interested in joining, don’t hesitate any longer. You will find the conditions and the existing members behind this link. Membership is linked to the person, not the company. Where are the suppliers btw? With so many planners joining us these days, they should take the opportunity.

BBT Online Club 100: the place where you meet more planners than suppliers!


Laughing is good for you. This month’s entry is not really funny. The people in the clip sure had a lot of fun though, since it’s a nicely made recap of our last B2B workshop at Strantwerpen in July. Enjoy and make sure you’re present on our next workshops in 2017! Click here.


Karin de Graauw – Editor-in-chief BBT Online
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