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Wallonia Southern Belgium MORE THAN 50 IDEAS FOR MEETINGS AND INCENTIVES Afgiftekantoor-Bureau de dépôt: p 2800 Mechelen 1 Edition October 2010 – P4A9032




Wallonia, one of Europe’s best preserved natural areas, is a convivial region that is extremely well suited for a meeting or activity ‘amidst the greenery’ or for a wide variety of outdoor activities.


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Better good neighbours than distant friends? Definitely! Wallonia is a logical choice if you are looking for luxury and professionalism. The neighbours open their doors for meetings and incentives, dinners and relaxation. The impressive nature has a rich choice of venues for outdoor incentives. Wallonia may be small, but as a meetings industry destination the south of Belgium certainly measures up to the rest of the country. Hainaut has art cities, renowned



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festivals and transformed industrial venues. Liège has exclusive Belle Époque trappings and former monasteries. Namur has plenty of activities in and around rocky river valleys. Walloon Brabant benefits from its rustic tranquillity and its closeness to Brussels. Finally, Luxembourg has got castles, small villages and wild, green nature. All have the state-of-the-art high tech facilities that will ensure the success of your event. For an exceptional event you need an outstanding venue. Well, you are in luck, the castles, cloisters and other historical buildings offer a wide choice of unique venues of all sizes for your events. Too much history? Then why not try out the professional meeting facilities around a genuine F1 race course? And how about relaxation in a wellness centre in the peace of stunning landscapes? The region has many surprises and all with their own hospitable flavour, which makes events in Wallonia quite unique and definitely

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unforgettable! In this special MIM destination report it all adds up to a diverse, dynamic and comprehensive illustration of Wallonia. We trust you’ll discover more than fifty new ideas and locations for future meetings and incentives, ranging from the most exclusive setting to the most simple, but elegant solution. The Brussels-Wallonia Convention Bureau is a department of the OPT (Office de Promotion du Tourisme Wallonie-Bruxelles) and its mission is, not just to promote the destination in the meetings industry, but first and foremost to FACILITATE the advent and organization of trade events in Wallonia and Brussels. The Brussels-Wallonia Convention Bureau





Walloon Brabant Often called «Brussels’ Garden», Walloon Brabant Province is characterized by beautiful landscapes, charming villages, historical sites, nature reserves, castles and farms.

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01/ Château de Limelette

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The Château de Limelette welcomes you in a luxurious 19th century Anglo Norman style residence. The hotel is situated in a park of 3 hectares. More than just a splendid location to organize your meetings, conferences and private events, the Château de Limelette offers you more than 20 years of knowhow and experience. A team of experts, devoted to your event. 16 fully equipped meeting rooms with air conditioning, private terrace and natural daylight, the largest can accommodate up to 350 guests, 88 bedrooms (including 68 bedrooms with air conditioning), free private car park for over 350 cars, free indoor heated pool, fitness room and tennis court. Moreover, our Thalgo Limelette centre enables you to experience the benefits of water enriched with essential sea elements. Swimming pool with massage jets, hammam, sauna, Jacuzzi, relaxation room with terrace, breathing cocoon, cardio-fitness room, 33 treatment rooms, a beauty centre and a restaurant. Real experts at your service! Only 20 minutes away from Brussels (motorway E411 - exit 6), an ideal setting for business or pleasure. For those who cannot wait to discover this unique place in Belgium, please call our Meetings & Events Team to get more information about our offers. You can also take a look on our homepage if you wish to see our installations. See you soon in the Château de Limelette!,



02/ Dolce La Hulpe Located in the heart of the Sonian forest, Dolce La Hulpe Brussels is located in a tranquil and verdant sanctuary only 15 km from the Brussels City Centre and Brussels International Airport. This 4-star Hotel specialized in delivering a superior meeting experience, offers 4500 m≤ of IACC certified meeting space - 35 meeting rooms, 2 auditoriums (150 & 500 seats), a 750m2 exhibition area - equipped with advanced audiovisual equipment and a dedicated and professional staff. Dolce La Hulpe Brussels features a modern design, intelligent architecture, 264 comfortable guest rooms, free Wi-Fi, a creative and healthy cuisine that has recently achieved "Food for the brain" status. The fitness & wellness center, lavish CINQ MONDES Spa offer many opportunities to recharge and revitalize. Passkey, a web-based solution for managing group hotel reservations, is offered to meeting planners and 3rd parties. With this system, meeting and event planners are able to instantly view their block information to monitor event pick-up, run reports, analyze trends, submit and modify rooming lists, all on one screen. Whatever your goal, Dolce La Hulpe Brussels will arrange every aspect of your stay in such a way that you will be energized to work to the best of your ability.

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03/ Federation of Tourism for the Province of Walloon Brabant Very well located, Walloon Brabant is the perfect place for your meetings and events. This pleasant area counts many sites located at the heart of Europe with a long historical tradition: the Battlefield of Waterloo, the Collegiate Church of Nivelles and the Abbey of Villers. Dynamism and diversity are 2 key words to describe WalloonBrabant. You can try and enjoy many attractions such as: Adventure Park, the brand new Museum of Hergé, the Folon Foundation, beautiful parks and golf courses. Quality hotels, farms and farmhouses, castles, spa and wellness centers, local products: in Walloon Brabant, you will find all that you need to make your business projects unique and unforgettable.,

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"EXPERIENCE NATURAL PEACE IN A UNIQUE AND VARIOUS LANDSCAPE" 04/ Golf Château La Tournette Located in Nivelles, only 20 km away from the south of Brussels, Golf Château La Tournette from the XVII Century stretches over 160 hectares between Nivelles and Ittre. Golfers will enjoy our two 18-holes (The English and The American), while the beginners will appreciate our 9 holes (The Orival). The Golf School with its five professionals gives individual and group lessons to give everyone the opportunity to discover this wonderful sport. Besides its vocation of free time with golf, Golf Château La Tournette has also a vocation of Business with its 7 conference rooms entirely renovated with a capacity of 3 - 150 persons at your disposal. Golf Château La Tournette organises half day or full day packages which combine conference or meeting with incentives and team building in collaboration with specialised Events Organisators. Golf Château La Tournette, it is also: a vast free parking, technical rooms, an entirely renovated Club House, a Pro Shop and two restaurants where you will enjoy our good french cooking. Golf Château La Tournette gives an intense pleasure to its visitors thanks to a natural peace, unique and various landscape in a marvellous environment.

05/ Martin’s Hotels


Always beautiful and always with their own identity and beguiling charm, Martin’s Hotels offer you great infrastructure for all your events. Whether it’s a conference for up to 1000 people, a seminar, a gala dinner or another event, you can be assured of a personalized solution suited to your every need. Martin's Manoir in Genval has 3 function rooms for meetings, cocktails and dinners for a maximum of 70 guests in an authentic and warm décor. Martin’s Manoir has created such a welcoming quality environment for you and your events, that it has truly earned the coveted ‘Hotel de Charme’ label. Additional rooms and space can be found at the nearby… Château du Lac in Genval. It’s fully revamped, fully equipped, fully modular Argentina room is able to accommodate 1050 guests. Your event can be framed with a refreshing treatment at the Martin’s spa or with several activities, like the popular Crime Scene Investigation formula. Martin’s Grand Hotel in Waterloo promises you a day of historical and special seminars. Your event will be especially enriched by restaurant ‘La Sucrerie’, one of the best tables in the hotel group. Here cocooning and gastronomy are combined with quality and personalization. Finally, all hotels from the Martin’s group offer a professional events service. One contact will organize your event from A to Z. What are you waiting for?,


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Amazing Region

Hainaut is definitely one of the belgian cultural hotspot, with its art and historic towns (Mons will be the 2015 European Capital of Culture), its UNESCO World heritage sites and events. The province lies close to Brussels and Lille and can easily be reached by road, high-speed trains and most important by air with the Brussels South Charleroi Airport. Next to names as BSCA or Google, and green and quiet landscapes, Hainaut is the perfect setting for amazing meetings and incentives.

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06/ Hainaut Meetings & Events The province offers an outstanding location close to Brussels, Courtrai and Lille, and an efficient communication network by road, high-speed trains and most important by air with the ambitious Brussels South Charleroi Airport. Hainaut’s meetings industry loves contrasts and unusual mixtures. Green and quiet surroundings rub shoulders with dynamic cities and emergent poles in the technologic industry where prestigious and cosy meetings locations abound : from small-sized charming venues to modern congresscentres, elegant castles or rehabilitated industrial sites. Hainaut also offers indoor and outdoor activities for groups: teamcooking, adventurous games, wellness incentive, aquatic and sport entertainments, cultural and night activities… Sense of hospitality born from a cultural blending, quality services and refined gastronomy will entice the most demanding events organizers. The newly created Hainaut Convention Bureau is the first point of contact in your search for exceptional meeting venues, unusual incentive ideas and service providers in our province. It identifies your needs and budget, and offers neutral, personalized and appropriate information free of charge to you. As essential link between the supply and the demand, Hainaut Convention Bureau has a professional MICE-product knowledge, maintained by inspection visits and contacts with professionals and institutional actors in the Province.

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A conference, a meeting, a study day, a company party to organize? Look no further, you have found the ideal site: the Point Centre. The modern infrastructure, equipped with sophisticated equipment is located in the heart of the Aeropole of Gosselies, near a major motorway junction, the Charleroi Brussels South Airport and the Charleroi South station. The design center offers a large auditorium with 200 comfortable seats and meeting rooms for groups of 6-85 people. Some 200 guests can be met around a cocktail in the reception area, other large groups can be accommodated in the restaurant. Most rooms have natural light, all have a system blackout windows, air conditioning and modular furniture. Audiovisual equipment such as LCD projector, plasma display, interpretor cabins and others is available on site and can be rented on a simple request. For a complete success of your event, the Point Centre team works with “La Ferme de la Pitance”, his caterer. With it, you can enjoy various dishes ranging from classic to gourmet buffet dinner. The Point Centre has large parking and opens its doors whole year.,

08/ Hotel Mercure Mons In the middle of the woods of the Hainaut province, the Mons Mercure hotel is pleased to welcome you in their four-star establishment. The green surroundings guarantee a quiet and relaxed atmosphere. Only 6 kilometres away, you can find the picturesque city of Mons with its small pleasant alleys. Its large cultural and sportive offer can surely bring some variety in your stay. In the Mons Mercure hotel you’re assured of an agreeable night. The hotel’s 53 comfortable rooms have been renovated beautifully and an assortment of tea and coffee is always present in the room. The six airconditioned meeting rooms have space for around 150 persons and are all illuminated by natural daylight. There is a large free parking. The hotel’s event department takes care of your personalized event. By doing so, you will be able to concentrate on your meeting or event and have a good time! For an enjoyable evening, don’t forget to visit the bar “Le Car d’Or’ or the restaurant ‘Le Lumeçon’, where the Chef takes care of a refined French cuisine. The open fire are the basic assets for a cosy ambiance in the lounge. And if the weather allows it, why not have a drink amidst the green on the outside terrace? Or do you prefer a dive in the adjacent swimming pool to refresh your senses?,

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HAINAUT 10/ Pass Discover Pass, a place that is at the same time particular and wonderfully diverse in all its aspects! In Pass, the old and new, the past, present and the future are flawlessly mixed together. We owe this to architect Jean Nouvel, who renovated this ancient colliery brilliantly. The buildings on this enormous site are part of the industrial patrimony and are now used for exhibitions dedicated to science, technology and society. On top of that, corporate travelers can also benefit from this enriching environment. Pass certainly is the ideal setting to give your event that extra special touch, whether it is a seminar, cocktail party, conference or trade show. Today, some of the structures of this industrial wasteland are rehabilitated into the most extraordinary and spacious meeting rooms, which can be used for diverse events. Hold your event in the Hopper Room for example with its allures of an industrial cathedral. Or do you believe the ancient locomotive engines hangar could be a more interesting decor? The Palace of Images is the finishing touch to the whole amazing structure, allowing the projection of a film onto five internal surfaces of a cube.,

*** Pass, revive the past in a particularly dive rse museum site ***

09/ Le Bois du Cazier Many people still associate Hainaut with the coal mining industry. This is a largely undeserved association – as can be seen in these pages – but if you really want to immerse yourself in the history of the other black gold, you should visit ‘Le Bois du Cazier’. ‘Le Bois du Cazier’ is housed in the old colliery of Marcinelle and functions as a museum of the industrial history of Wallonia. Here a new meaning is given to interactive museum visits. Guided tours, workshops and seminars take you on an educative and playful tour through the many facets of Wallonia’s industry. This also includes fauna and flora, because even Wallonia’s industrial heart is green. The most important discovery you’ll make in ‘Le Bois du Cazier’ will be the large rooms available for seminars, conferences, product launches, banquets, cocktails,… There’s an auditorium for up to 150, a former machine room for up to 800, forge rooms for up to 400 and a meeting room for 50 people. The Industrial Museum can be used for events of 300. Authentic catering can be found on site (‘Le Saint-Charles’), as well as full technical support. At ‘Le Bois du Cazier’ you can be sure of an authentic, yet novel and original setting for your events.,




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11/ Charleroi for events

Namur is the capital of the province and the capital of the Walloon region. Its political importance and its position in relation to the main European arteries, gives Namur a preponderant place from both a domestic and international standpoint.

First city of Wallonia, Charleroi proposes a lot of original venues that can host seminars and congress from 10 to 5000 persons: professional congress centres in the city or in the countryside, large halls (40.000m²) for exhibitions and fairs, and also original venues (up to 5000 persons). These ancient mining region offers now renovated industrial buildings or futurist venues where organizers can imagine the most unexpected events. Charleroi Espace Meeting Européen, for example, is ideal for medium medical congress (300 pax), professional fairs, receptions and corporate events up to 500 persons or meetings and seminars for small groups. The CEME congress centre's team, specialized in events organization, is ready to welcome you at CEME or to help you to find the best place for your project. Be curious: don't hesitate to experience other venues in the region, like "Le Bois du Cazier", an important site for local heritage, the Museum of Photography where you can discover famous collections and enjoy the atmosphere during a reception or, in the centre of the town, the Palais des Beaux-Arts, an Art Deco building with a large auditorium for 1500 persons and its "congress room" decorated with an original Magritte's painting.


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NAMUR 12/ Namur Congrès Namur’s meetings industry is both varied and dynamic. There are plenty of possibilities to organize meetings and incentives and the list is getting longer every year. A fine MICE selection: Boat for You allows you to organise events for up to 220 people on board the ‘Belrive’, a river boat floating at the very foot of the Citadel of Namur. The boat has been transformed into an exclusive establishment for receptions, gatherings, product launches, etcaetera. A unique venue to surprise and entice your guests. The Domaine du Vieux Moulin, a four star hotel plus gastronomic restaurant, has recently fitted out a room for seminars and receptions in a cosy but high-tech interior (capacity: 130 to 225 people). The new venue has been expertly integrated into the original buildings of the old village inn. Four star hotel-restaurant Les Jardins de la Molignée is located in and around a former stone cutting workshop near the town of Dinant. 120 guests can convene in six seminar rooms or enjoy low stress days in 52 excellent rooms, far away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The homebrew may help to relax even more! Watermills – active or not – are still fascinating in this high tech age. The one at Le Domaine de Béronsart combines both medieval machinery and the latest technology in a meeting venue with character. Perfect for relaxation, reflection and discovery in the beautiful surroundings of the Condroz region. The estate also offers lovely greenhouses for receptions for up to 600 people.,

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13/ Château de la Poste The newly opened Chateau de la Poste is located in the magnificent region of Belgian’s ‘Condroz Namurois’, only 18 kilometers away from Wallonia’s capital: Namur. Its perfect location, a stone’s throw from the highway between Brussels and Luxembourg, makes it the perfect venue for professional meetings, or simply for a romantic stop-over. The hotel is nested in a 42 hectares domain, at the top of a hill overlooking the forest and the beautiful gardens designed by Jules Buyssens in 1895. The castle used to be the residence of Princess Clémentine de Belgique (3rd daughter of King Leopold II) and her husband Victor Napoléon. The new owners have turned it into a ‘sexy’ contemporary countryside resort thanks to a unique interior design signed by Marie’s Corner. The hotel could be qualified as a concept-hotel or a boutique hotel by some but the idea is mainly to live an experience there and discover the place at your own pace! 42 unbelievably quiet rooms, 10 fully equipped meetings rooms with daylight, one of the best terraces of Belgium, a great restaurant ‘Chez Clémentine’ offering a ‘bistronomic’ cuisine and a wide range of outdoor sports make this property a perfect venue for a professional retreat, a team building or simply for a family get together. The ‘must’ of the resort is probably its Scott mountain bikes test centre, offering no less than 60 upscale bikes which can be used on one of the three tracks of the estate or for a longer ride in the region with professional guides. Other fun ideas include barbecue parties in the forest, wine tastings, picnics, etc.


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15/ ARD’N A collaboration of events specialists. Our goal is to promote your perfect event (team building, family days, incentive,…) around our area on your specific needs. Our region is nicely hilly, enjoying river and cliff; ideal for any kind of activity. Near from you the “Haute Meuse” will more than welcome you. From 5 to 5000 persons each one does count.From a conference to a complete trip, we will take care of it. From a sandwich to a full course meal, you will enjoy our delicatessen. From a penny to the moon we will adjust to your budget. From the river to the mountain, you will find amazement. From a camp site to a stylish hotel, we will achieve your desire. ARD-N your event booster!,,,,

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14/ Lesse Kayaks Sometimes mind and body need a break from the hectic life at the office. Can you think of a better way to escape from this organized chaos than handing over the reins to Mother Nature herself? The Lesse valley is a corner of paradise ready for your (own) discovery. This river has preserved its wild nature and runs through and past the most beautiful spots of the Ardennes: evergreen forests, majestic rock formations, prehistoric caves, medieval castles and picturesque villages. A kayak trip with your colleagues can be further enriched by many other neighboring activities. Make a pick from several available formulas. Plan and reserve this adventurous teambuilding activity between 1st April and 15th October. If you don’t feel like getting wet, you can choose for Dinant Adventure to prove your mettle. This sport center is located in a former rock quarry near Dinant. Experienced instructors will help you and your party navigate a veritable high-wire act made up of monkey bridges, a death-ride, a via ferrata and the aptly named fun cable. The latter is a bridge spanning the site at the dazzling height of 60 meters, guaranteeing an unforgettable experience. Furthermore, you can show of your strategic skills on a paintball field instead of in a meeting room. Indeed, many skills learned at work can be transported to the wild nature of the Lesse valley and the region around Dinant.,

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16/ Best Western Castel de Pont-à-Lesse In a leafy and secluded spot in the heart of the Ardennes lies Hotel Best Western Castel de Pont-à-Lesse. This manor hotel was built in 1810 and offers beautiful views over the Lesse and its own 25 hectare park. The hotel has 11 meeting rooms, 5 of which are multifunctional and can accommodate 300 people. The other 6 are located at the ground floor and are all distinct from each other… an ideal venue to host workshops. For inspiration one just needs to step outside and take a deep breath of fresh, green air. And that’s not the only thing one can do for inspiration or teambuilding. Kayaks and mountain bikes can be rented to discover the beauty of the river banks. The hotel also has its own mini golf and tennis courts. Weather not permitting, you can still enjoy the indoor heated pool. While the manor was probably built for the hunting retreats of the bourgeois, you no longer need to shoot the local wildlife to enjoy a wonderful ban banquet. The newly built ‘Orangerie’ rest restaurant features a panoramic glass wall pro providing a marvelous and soothing view of the trees. You are invited to share in the pa passion of the chef for fine cuisine and for th authentic flavors of regional products. the s, w, w

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Three themes serve as the perfect background for meetings and incentives in Liège: the natural landscape, the mineral hot Spa’s springs and the historical venues.


18/ Liège Congrès Standing at the gateway to the Ardennes, Liège cultivates its reputation as a warm and welcoming city. Endowed with an enviable location, a growing accommodation availability, an ambitious airport and a non-common railway station designed by the famous architect Santiago Calatrava and deserved by highspeed trains, Liège is able to welcome large-scale events. Owning the only convention centre in the whole of Wallonia, Liège moreover offers a vast number of historical, original and unusual sites that will please even the most demanding organisers. Its world-famous university, the emergence of dynamic companies and the hosting of numerous cultural events, make Liège ready to join the ranks of the big cities. And yet, Liège has remained human in its scale, keeping people mesmerized with its unique, friendly and authentic atmosphere. New hotels, venues and other locations keep popping up. Let’s name, amongst others: the “Hotel Verviers”, the “Médiacité”, the “Hotel de la Source” in Spa and the five star Crowne Plaza Hotel Liège. Should you plan an event in the “Country of Liège”, the convention bureau, Liège Congrès, will provide you with advice and assistance in your researches. This neutral interface, discretely efficient and entirely dedicated to your cause offers you totally free services that will contribute to the success of your project., 14 MIM


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Since its inception at the turn of the century, the Casino of Spa has always welcomed its clientele with the attention reserved for the upper class. The clientele may have changed in the new millennium but the superb service remains. With its neoclassic facade and its saloons, each decorated in its own style, the Spa Casino is a stylish establishment for corporate parties, private shows, product launches,… In addition, the casino offers corporates and organizations a choice from several business formulas. An evening, a day or even a weekend can all be planned. Traditionally, the event ends in the gaming hall where you can prove your skill or test your luck with cards, dice, slot machines and other games. The Spa Casino will assist you in setting up the most efficient and original programme and will deal with the whole organisation of your event, while ensuring that your expectations and budgetary requirements are satisfied.,

20/ The Château des Thermes The Château des Thermes is an exceptional place in a relaxing environment and combines well-being with fine food and drinks. Allow yourself to be pampered in this serene, tasteful atmosphere, while enjoying the benefits of the hot-spring water in prestigious surroundings, dedicated to harmony and relaxation. To really get away from it all, come and stay at the Château des Thermes at Chaudfontaine. All meeting rooms are modular and are lit by natural daylight. Each has an outdoor terrace and air-conditioning. Each room has a screen, flip-charts, WiFi internet connection and telephone. On request, a projector, lectern, microphones, etc. can be supplied and a business centre with office and secretarial facilities is available. You are also invited to visit the new four-star hotel with 47 warm and comfortable rooms and majestic suites.


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21/ Spa-Francorchamps

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R Right in the scenic heart of Belgium’s Ardennes region the racing circuit of SpaA Francorchamps is waiting for you. Here, F meeting delegates can share a once in a m lifetime experience. Spa-Francorchamps provides a pleasant and prestigious setting for seminars, conventions, trade shows and much more. Whether it is a business group of 10 or 500 participants, the right space can be made available in accordance to your needs. The marvelous environment around the circuit is very likely to make your event a winner. From the modern meeting rooms, the skyboxes overlooking the racecourse to the luxurious Eau Rouge auditorium, many fabulous sites add a quality to your business gathering. A wide range of activities is available, as well as excellent hotel accommodations. At Spa-Francorchamps, guests will have the chance to discover the thrill of the racetrack while riding next to a professional race car driver. They can even choose to give the racing track a try with their own car, starting from the hairpin at La Source, uphill through the famous Raidillon de l'Eau Rouge and around the Blanchimont curve. And all of this takes place while the safest conditions are ensured.

There was one thing the province of Liège lacked to become a great meeting and incentive place: a five star hotel. No longer! You will be able to meet and stay at the Crowne Plaza Liège, which will open in the next few months. Located right in the middle of the historic, cultural and commercial centre of the city, the hotel forms a superb architectural ensemble of two former aristocratic palaces and one modern building. Thanks to its private gardens you will be able to enjoy the easy accessibility of a city and the quiet peacefulness of the countryside. The hotel has 111 spacious rooms, a complete VIP floor with 34 rooms (with private saloon) and 6 small and 9 large suits. You can organize large meetings (400 people) in the exceptional décor of the reception hall and have adjoining smaller meetings in 12 meeting rooms (8 to 200 people). To strengthen the inner and outer self, the hotel has a café-brasserie, a gastronomic restaurant, a bar-club in the old armoury and a private spa of 1200m². The brasserie and the restaurant e. both have a wonderful terrace. ‘Mens sana in corpore sano’ has never before been so profoundly realized.

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LIÈGE 23/ Domaine Sol Cress You can say Sol Cress is the ideal starting point to discover the amazing natural environment of the region, as well as the interesting cultural activities, the Casino of Spa, and much more. Just up the road, you can’t miss out the Thermes of the ‘Water city’, having new Thermal baths available. A 1300 hectare forest next to the domain is waiting to be explored and available for all kinds of activities. With its wide range of different room types, 48 modern rooms, 20 studios/duplex rooms and 12 apartments, it is hard not to feel at home in ‘Domaine Sol Cress’. Starting from September 2009 it will be the place to sleep as a new magnificent building with 30 rooms, Pavillon Clémentine, will be ready to use. Functionality and modernity characterize the 11 conference and reception rooms, carrying the names of springs and famous places in Spa. The meeting rooms can receive from 10 to 340 persons, and include spaces for workshops, exhibitions and coffee breaks. In the Spaloumont Brasserie, you will be indulged with a high level cuisine. Or are you into something different, like walking dinners, Texas barbecues, gourmet menus or buffets? Try out a special local beer, like the 'Bobeline', or a skillfully prepared cocktail at the lounge bar.,,

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24/ Dorint Spa-Balmoral Like a butterfly the Dorint hotel, located in the forested hills of Spa-Balmoral, has emerged from its cocoon to spread its wings with a new annex. Apart from 24 design guest rooms and three special suites overlooking the forest and lake, an additional 5 meeting rooms are available. The crowning piece of the new annex is without contest the new ‘Montréal-Indianapolis’ room: three glass walls and a private terrace overlook the green surroundings. Up to 300 people can be admitted for a seminar, but also for events, cocktails, dinners etc. Dorint has a total of 16 meeting rooms, making it an excellent green meeting location. This green image is further enhanced by a future oriented towards environmental and sustainable development. Solar panels will take advantage of the hotel’s unique location to provide heating and water for the entire hotel and the Wellness Center. The Dorint Spa-Balmoral truly plans to be a hotel of the future, harmoniously combining environmental and comfortable living.,


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25/ Hotel Verviers At 30 km from Liège, located near Les Fagnes, the four stars hotel, last born of the group Van der Valk, welcomes you since August 2009. Ideally situated, this new hotel offers a quality service in an infrastructure adapted to the requirements of business customers and leisure activities. Luxuriously converted from the disappeared former warehouse of the customs of the Verviers West station, the hotel offers you a remarkable architecture dating 1891. The hotel counts 100 rooms Standard and Duplex type, 9 presidential suites (jacuzzi), 5 spacious suites (bubble bath). Hotel Verviers has a sunny terrace, a restaurant "L'Entrepôt" which is opened everyday. You will appreciate a rich and varied international menu. To organize seminars, lectures, events, weddings, parties, Hotel Verviers has 9 multi-purpose and flexible rooms from 20 to 500 persons.,

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Many significant events take place in the province of Liège: the Belgian F1 Grand Prix, well known cycle races like “la Flèche wallonne”, “LiègeBastogne-Liège”, or stages of the Tour de France, the Giro and la Vuelta. Liège also presents Belgium’s prettiest and largest Christmas Market with more than 200 wooden stalls making the City a dynamic and sparkling area. Liege is a touristic and cultural hot spot of European level featuring the Museum of Walloon Life, the Grand Curtius Museum, the Royal Opera of Wallonia, the Liège Philharmonic Orchestra and the ULG, a university of high repute. In addition to the convention centre, the province also offers original places and professional entities to organize your happening. Just think of the castles of Harzé, Colonster and Val SaintLambert, the many hotels in Spa as well as unusual venues like the river boats “Pays de Liège” and “Val Mosan” or even the Paix-Dieu abbey in Amay. The Tourist Federation of the Province of Liège is ready to furnish y your stay. It will help you discover some superb attractio like the Crystal Discovery (crystal manufactory tions Va Saint-Lambert), Blegny-mine (the former BlegnyVal Tre Trembleur coalmine), the Aquarium-Museum and the H House for Science and Metallurgy. Are you looking fo ideas or something new to arrange and visit? Well for th then, the Tourist Federation of the Province of Liège w be pleased to research the latest innovations and will p provide you with all the information needed.,

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The Abbey of Stavelot, oldest Abbey of Belgium, lies embedded in a magnificent region where water is omnipresent: by the river Amblève and the nearby waterfalls of Coo. In the 7th century, the abbey, formerly known as the St. Remacle abbey, became the centre of the Principality of Stavelot-Malmedy. The abbey was demolished during the French Revolution, but luckily it got a second life, thanks to the efforts of the Walloon region. Three museums have found themselves a home here. All of them are classified 5 suns which means that they are part of the top attractions of Wallonia. The historical museum of the Principality of StavelotMalmedy with his brand new part about the abbot Wibald. The museum of Guillaume Apollinaire is the only museum in the world dedicated to this poet, according to Pierre Erler, marketing manager at the abbey. Around this time of the year, you can as well gaze upon a continuously changing collection of wellfunctioning race cars in the Francorchamps race-track museum. For your meeting or event, take place in authentic rooms such as the Monks’ Refectory, or the Cellar of the Blancs Moussis. Even the abbey’s museums, the archaeological remains of the old abbey church, the cloister... can form the stage of your event!,

28/ Eastbelgium Eastbelgium is a land of vacation on the very line between the Latin and Germanic cultures. Located between the basins of the Rhine and Meuse, the landscapes of the region reflect both the Eifel and the Ardennes. The High Fens nature reserve is the best example of this natural geographic melting pot. Your seminars and meetings will be purified by the high amount of chlorophyll in the region and your teambuilding activities will take place in utterly unspoiled nature. In the spring you can explore the perfectly marked network of mountain bike and bike routes, in the summer you can sail and surf on the lakes of Upper Belgium, in the autumn you will enjoy the multicoloured leaves on a hike and in the winter you can take your skiing gear out of the closet. Even if the weather doesn’t cooperate, many centres offer indoor and outdoor carting, bowling, paintball, sumo, laser game, shooting, and other adventurous team sports. And last but not least, for business and for recreation, many hotels have excellent wellness and fitness infrastructure to ensure a wonderful relaxing stay.

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"TOURISM SPA, SPARKLING EVENTS" 29/ Tourism Spa Spa’s main attraction is of course the water, closely followed by the beautiful surrounding nature. In the 19th century Spa became the centre around which were built pleasure gardens, luxurious hotels, a casino, a race track and all the other things that made up the good life of the elite. Royalty, nobility and celebrity came from all over Europe to meet and be seen in Spa or, as it was called, ‘le Café d’Europe’. The Belle Époque may be long gone, but Spa is still a meeting place par excellence. The period buildings still serve as the decor for many a meeting, but they have been joined by modern infrastructure in and around the town. In the immediate vicinity one has opportunities aplenty for incentives, the best known of which is the F1 Circuit of Spa-Francorchamps.,

30/ Radisson Blu Balmoral Spa Hotel, Spa Spa’s main attraction is of course the water, closely followed by the beautiful surrounding nature. Located in the green hills around the “original spa town”, the Radisson Blu Balmoral Hotel is a meeting and incentive place par excellence. At the Radisson Blu Balmoral Hotel, every effort is made to give visitors a true refreshing stay within an exceptional setting. The woods of Spa, surrounding this appealing four-star hotel in Anglo-Norman style, are a perfect setting for all sorts of activities. In the 106 renovated rooms, natural materials create the typical warm cosiness of this Radisson establishment. The six meetings rooms provide space and equipment for events for up to 250 people. A professional Meetings & Events team guarantees a 100% smooth course of your meeting or event. The hotel’s Super Breakfast Buffet is the ideal way to start your day of adventurous teambuilding activities, ranging from golf to parachute jumping and racing at the nearby Spa-Francorchamps. If you would like to include wellness in your program, enjoy the hotel’s brand new ‘Balmoral Wellness Center’ with a relaxing pool, sauna, Turkish bath and Jacuzzi. For large groups, special arrangements with the beautiful and spacious Thermes of Spa are always possible. Conclude the day with a barbecue in the middle of the forest or a themed buffet in the renowned restaurant ‘Entre Terre & Mer’ while enjoying the great culinary discoveries of the open kitchen and the hotel’s remarkable wine cellar, houses wines from all over the world.,

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31/ Radisson Blu Palace Hotel Spa

Business and Wellness in one

Stay over in the Radisson Blu Palace Hotel in the very centre of Spa and discover the perfect combination of business and wellness. The Radisson Blu Palace Hotel boasts a total of 120 luxurious bedrooms and suites. The 2 meeting rooms ‘Aqua’ and ‘Terra’ can each be divided into 4 separate rooms, offering a capacity of 150 guests for a meeting or 180 participants for a cocktail. In total the hotel offers 8 meeting rooms spread over more than 300m2 for all your meetings, incentives, dinners and cocktails. The outside terrace of ‘Terra’ is the perfect place for a coffee break, a BBQ or a reception. The total meeting space allows you to organize seminars, dinners, cocktails, and all kinds of incentives. And if you're in need of a well-deserved break, you simply take the hotel’s private funicular, bringing you to the famous Thermes of Spa. In the brasserie ‘Les Saisons de Spa’ and its heated outside terrace, regional specialities, an around the world buffet, as well as season-bound dishes are on the menu. But also outdoor meals in the Spa Casino, the Lido, the Spa-Francorchamps Formula 1 racing track, or barbecues in the woods can be organised.

32/ Hotel Husa de La Couronne Looking for a heavenly night's rest in a prestigious environment? Hotel Husa de la Couronne might be just what you need. The hotel belongs to the Husa Group, a company based in Spain, with more than 160 establishments. But there is no need to go that far. One of their hotels is situated right in the business centre of Liège. Next door is the fabulous new TGV train station of Liège-Guillemins, designed by the renowned Catalan architect Santiago Calatrava. The recent renovation of the hotel allowed recovering one of the most emblematic buildings of the city. In the refurbished hotel, comfort, modernity and functionality are the basic premises. The 77 rooms are supplied with all the necessary equipment.In the whole, Hotel Husa is a perfect blend of charm and modernity. Trendy business facilities are in place to welcome business travelers. A splendid patio is just one of their little secrets.,,

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33/ Domaine des Hautes Fagnes The Domaine des Hautes Fagnes (4*) not only has an enviable location in a Natural Park but has also been renovated in the last couple of months to the tune of 5 million euro. Total integration in the wonderful nature and use of local produce are key principles for the new life of the Domaine des Hautes Fagnes: new rooms, a new brasserie and bar await the visitors. As far as meetings are concerned, organizers have the choice of 9 different meeting rooms with space for meetings for up to 300 delegates. All rooms have natural daylight and access to the 34.000 m² park surrounding the hotel. The Wellness centre, also open for non-residents, is well known for its high quality treatments and specialist staff and is another selling point for this great venue. Under new management since late last year, the Domaine des Hautes Fagnes is definitely a destination worth looking at if only to take in the total “make-over” that makes it into one of the better venues in Wallonia!,


34/ L’Auberge et sa Residence L’Auberge et sa Residence are situated in the picturesque centre of Spa, right across from the new thermal spa and the world’s oldest casino. The Circuit of Francorchamps and the Royal Golf Club des Fagnes are just ten minutes away. The hotel has 19 comfortable and cosy rooms, 12 luxurious suites, a fully equipped seminar space for up to 15 and a gastronomic restaurant with room for 100 people. In this Parisian brasseriethemed restaurant one can enjoy the delights of the traditional French cuisine. With the Spa Pass, offered by L’Auberge et sa Residence, the hotel guests are entitled to discounts in various shops, as well as for a number of services in Spa.The neighbouring thermes allow the guests to fully relax. Apart from in- and outdoor swimming pools, sauna, Jacuzzi, hamam etcaetera, various wellness packages are available. As part of the Best Western Group, you can be assured of quality service and a personal approach to all your desires. Parking facilities are available close to the hotel.,

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Meet in green

Luxembourg is the largest province of Belgium, but the least populated. In other words, it’s the most peaceful Belgian province – perfect for holding meetings in quiet surroundings. The Belgian Ardennes offer also an everlasting source of fun and original ideas in its life-size garden.



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35/ CVB Ardenne Meetings & Incentives The Belgian Ardennes offers a wide range of prestigious places like castles, private mansions, cosy hotels to hold an extraordinary event. In short, there’s a lot of potential to explore for events in an authentic setting supported by qualitative and modern infrastructure. Green Meetings, the Convention Bureau Ardenne Meetings & Incentives, will make your search easier. It’s an efficient and reliable relay of information and services for the organisation of your events. Above all, they offer this invaluable service free of charge. Depending your preferences and budget, they will offer you a personalized sampling of locations and companies. On their website you will find all their meetings and incentive possibilities, as well as concrete ideas for your green events. Planning a meeting or incentive in the Ardennes gets easier with the new search engine and you submit your request online for the bureau to follow up and offer alternative solutions if necessary.,

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36/ Euro Space Center

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Organize your corporate events in the exceptional environment of the Euro Space Center in Transinne and find out how it feels to walk on the moon. In the heart of the Ardennes you are offered the possibility of organizing an incentive, teambuilding, family day, reception or seminar on a site that is unique in the whole of Europe. Organize a drink in the Temple of Planets, or do you prefer a gala night beneath a Space Shuttle? The Training Hall (400 places) ,the Auditorium (130 places), the Freedom Room (100 places) and smaller rooms are also at your disposal for your seminars and product launches. Plenty of breathtaking and inspiring activities will bring you and your colleagues to another dimension. With your head in the stars and both feet in a futuristic setting, you'll discover what real astronauts actually experience. Simulate a space flight on board of the Space Shuttle or try out the astronaut training. Navigate and repair a satellite during a zero gravity simulation! Outdoor activities are also possible after your group had an unforgettable Space Challenge. Give a new dimension to your corporate events!

At equal distance from Brussels and Luxembourg City lies Château Jemeppe. This castle dating back to the 13th century lies on a private estate of 60 hectares. It was restored and converted to become a friendly place where work and relaxation go hand in hand. In total the castle has seven seminar rooms, which can accommodate 6 to 400 people. Three of these are located in the centuries-old majestic donjon. A Boardroom and a Business Corner complete the range of available working space. The historic atmosphere and the formidable views of the forests and rolling landscapes of the Ardennes, will inspire guests to new heights. All rooms are equipped with the most modern facilities and technology. Naturally Château Jemeppe also caters for informal meetings, which can be held in the castle salons and reception rooms. The newly renovated ‘La Grange’ room deserves special mention: it can accommodate up to 400 people and is ideal for gala dinners, product launches and other large events. The various lounges – including a billiard room and library – and the swimming pool, sauna and tennis courts provide ample opportunity to relax.,,


LUXEMBOURG 35/ Auberge de la Ferme *** farm Between st re fo d n a ***

The Auberge de la Ferme started as a small farm in the enchanting village of Rochehaut-sur-Semois. Over the years more buildings were bought and renovated by the Borreux family in and around this picturesque village. Now Auberge de la Ferme has four separate professional inns with a total of 80 rooms, two restaurants, a catering service, a wonderful wine cellar, a seminar building and a shop with local products. There’s also an old school building with three meeting rooms, which is regularly used for corporate training weekends. With such diverse facilities and services, it’s easy to organize a company retreat combining catering, meeting and lodging in one address. Quite a lot of activities can be organised in the neighbourhood: a tour on foot or by train in the ‘Entre Ferme et Forêt’ wild park and the surrounding nature reserve, a visit to the Agriculture Museum (unique in Europe) and of course mountain biking, kayaking,... In short, the Auberge de la Ferme offers everything for a professional stay in the Ardennes without losing the personal touch of a family business.,

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*** An atmosphere of calm and relaxation ***

Classified with 4 stars, La Claire Fontaine is located in a former tannery within walking distance of La Roche-enArdenne. The inn is situated in its own 1 hectare park, which lies next to the river and is in itself surrounded by the greenery for which the Ardennes are known. In short, the perfect decor to have a relaxing drink, discuss business over coffee or to organise a seminar. For seminars, meetings and training sessions, the inn has 2 meeting rooms that overlook the park and the wooded slopes of the Ourthe valley. These are equipped with comfortable furnishings and all the latest technological devices. There are also several rooms that allow you to organize receptions and business meals for 200 people. The inn has3 23 comfortable rooms ready for your residential participants. All the dishes are prepared by the house, with regional and seasonal products, chosen and selected with care. Thankfully, the wine cellar is one of the most diverse and richest of the region because venison tastes all the better with a carefully selected wine. The staff is ready to meet any challenge head on, to respond to your every desire and to offer you a personalized service to meet closer to your desires. They will take care of the meet ‘n greet and will attend your guests in between meetings, coffee breaks and adventurous, cultural and sportive incentives.,

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41/ Jean de Bohême This 4 star hotel of great character and charm is surrounded by the beautiful countryside and woodlands of Durbuy, the world’s smallest city nestled in a deep valley of the Ourthe river. Personally supervised by the proprietors, the atmosphere is matched by a friendly and efficient service as well as a warm hospitality. The 33 personalised rooms and 5 seminar rooms are all equipped with modern comforts and technology. Business meetings are handled with great detail by the resourceful and talented staff. Seminars, events and congresses can be organised for up to 250 people. To make the organisation of your event easier for you, the hotel has a diverse selection of ready-made programmes for your seminars, team-buildings and sport activities. The comfortable bar and the lounges are ideally suited for an aperitif, a cocktail or to relax in between meetings. Large and small banquets can be held in private in the restaurant, specialised in local dishes. Other reasons to visit are the castle, the topiary, the vast forests and the two nearby golf courses.,

Natture, culture andd leiisuure 40/ Hotel Ol Fosse d’Outh One might say that Houffalize tends to attract meetings. During the Ardennes Offensive the Allied generals planned to counterattack the Germans from the north and the south and to meet in Houffalize. It cost them a lot of time and blood. Thankfully, that’s no longer needed to plan a successful meeting in Houffalize. Hotel Ol Fosse d’Outh is a large recreation and congress centre near Houffalize. The hotel is surrounded on all sides by unspoiled greenery, fully justifying its claim of intense contact with nature. The hotel corresponds completely to the special needs and requirements of the meetings industry. It provides a place to work, plenty of opportunities to relax, a professional service and all within a respectable budget. With 300 rooms, 18 meeting rooms for up to 250 people, a congress hall for up to 800 people, 3 large restaurants, a nightclub and a spacious lounge bar, Ol Fos Fosse d’Outh is just the place for large con conferences. Sport and relaxation can be found in the Aqual’O centre. Adventur turous activities can be organized in the su surrounding forests. Those interested in hi history can revisit the many Ardennes O Offensive museums and memorials in th the region. i, w,

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The Jesuit Order is best known for its intellectual and cultural pursuits. When you think about it, these are also the better known pursuits of the meetings and incentive industry. Meetings requires your undivided attention and oftentimes incentives are organised in a cultural cadre. What better location for your meetings and incentives, than a former Jesuit church? In Marche-enFamenne, the ‘Gateway to the Ardennes’, an 18th century Jesuit church became the foundation for the hotel Quartier Latin – yet another reference to cultural and intellectual pursuits. A contemporary wing is connected to the church by a terrace. Seminars, banquets and meetings can be held in the hotel’s 8 modern meeting rooms, which can accommodate up to 300 guests. The professional staff, 75 comfortable rooms, the private wellness centre and the restaurant with its simple and delicious menu, will guarantee a comfortable 4 star quality stay. The kitchen can be the decor of the popular Team Cooking incentive. Several team building activities can be integrated in your program with the help of the hotel’s partners. Your yearning for culture can also be satisfied in the surrounding city of Marche-en-Famenne.

Meet up in the castle of Floreal La Roche-en-Ardenne, one of the four centra of the Floreal-club. An imposing historical building, decorated with small appealing towers appears when entering the site. Nestled on the banks of the river Ourthe in the heart of the green Ardens, here you can relax out in the open nature. In la Roche, you can feel the charm of a castle, and at the same time benefit from modern meeting facilities. ‘The castle’ and a recent building accommodate you in respectively 76 renovated guestrooms and 38 flats with balconies. Also 8 seminar rooms are in place. Hospitality and warmth are certainly among the hotel’s qualities. Regional dishes but also other formulas are served in the gastronomic restaurant ‘Le Parc’. Ask the chef for home made suggestions and take pleasure in dining on one of the lovely terraces. A large scenic park forms the backdrop to the centre: Mini-golf, health-track, a tennis-court, outdoor swimming pool in the summer season,... sports lovers will be satisfied after a stay-over. If you had something more peaceful in mind, there is the possibility to go fishing in the river. Conclude your corporate event by placing a dance in the private disco.,, asbl Joie et Vacances, tourism for All

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LUXEMBOURG 42/ Le Sanglier des Ardennes Nouvelles salles de séminaires, nouveau restaurant gastronomique, nouvelles terrasses, nouveaux salons, nouvelle réception, nouvelles chambres, nouveau centre wellness… when arriving in ‘Hostellerie du Sanglier des Ardennes’ in Durbuy, you will come upon a setting marked with charm and diversity. The Sanglier’s location on the banks of the river Ourthe and in the smallest town of Belgium, creates an authentic and unrivalled ambiance. The hotel’s restaurant has definitely earned its culinary reputation. And to enhance the team spirit, Le Sanglier has got some quite original ideas in mind. In his restaurant, head chef awaits you for a marvelous demonstration. But you can also realise today’s special yourself and compete with your colleagues. Several wine-appreciation courses teach you the flavors of the regional wines. When you are looking for even more unusual activities, you are certainly at the right place. The four stars Hostellerie Le Sanglier des Ardennes offers a completely renovated infrastructure with standing, consisting of four prestigious buildings, each having a character of its own: the refined and authentic Hotel Le Sanglier des Ardennes, the contemporary Hotel Victoria, the charming ‘Le Vieux Durbuy’, and a former convent, the ‘Chateau Cardinal’. Eight professionally equipped meeting rooms, 4 terraces, 50 guestrooms and luxury suites, 2 restaurants, 1 brasserie, several private rooms and last but not least the brand new wellness center !… Soyez les premiers à découvrir cette nouvelle hostellerie…

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43/ Le Val de Poix Productive meetings need a professional setting and a stimulating location with a programme of refreshing activities. The heart of the Ardennes is undeniably and ideally suitable for providing this original and encouraging atmosphere. Le Val de Poix perfectly responds to these expectations. It provides extraordinary incentive programmes in the heart of the exceptional Saint Hubert forest. Everyone will feel like Mother Nature's privileged guest. The hotel has three meeting rooms: one larger for up to 52 people and two smaller ones that combined can accommodate 40 people. The nearby municipality of Saint Hubert is certainly worth a visit: the abbey with its basilica, the ‘Fourneau Saint Michel’ (an open air museum dedicated to the iron industry) and the castle of Mirwart. For the more energetic team activities, Val de Poix works closely together with Brandsports. At the close by Aeroclub of the Ardennes you can escape in the clouds with a glider or a tourist plane. The assets of Val de Poix must not be underestimated: wonderful location, professional infrastructure and helpful service will ensure a first-class corporate event.,

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Hospitality Being hospitable comes natural to many in Wallonia as well as supporting the meetings and incentives of corporate and organizations.

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44/ Accor Hospitality Covering every segment from luxury to economy around the world, Accor’s hotel brands meet the needs of business and leisure travellers. In Wallonia there are at least three Mercure hotels ready to accommodate your business event. Two have not been mentioned yet: Mercure Liège Centre and Mercure Louvain-la-Neuve Centre de Seminaires. Both are aptly named. The Mercure hotel in Liège is the only four star hotel in city centre. The hotel offers two comfortable boardrooms hosting up to 20 people and one large meeting room up to 110 delegates. This meeting room can be divided in two smaller rooms. The hotel offers several business packages for day seminars, cocktail parties, banquets,... Located 30 minutes away from Brussels’ city centre and 20 minutes away from the airport, the Mercure hotel in Louvain-la-Neuve has a total of 19 meeting rooms. The largest can host up to 210 persons. Restaurant ‘La Découverte’ has recently been renovated in a modern and bright style. It’s very relaxing to enjoy a business meal or banquet in this restaurant, surrounded by a park of 50 acres. The A|Club (Accor hotel loyalty program) special offer for Meeting Planners grants you outstanding benefits while organizing your meetings ... Earn A|Club points with EVERY event. Convert your A|Club points into rewards throughout a wide selection of Accor hotels or with our Partners,…,,

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45/ Leonardo Hotels Leonardo Hotels have established themselves in the 3-4 star plus category in some prominent European cities and destinations in attractive locations that offer features such as airport proximity, city centre or the quiet countryside. These hotels are designed to cater to the special requirements of business travelers as well as those of event participants. Of the 30 Leonardo Hotels in Europe of which 3 are located in Wallonia. The Leonardo Hotel Namur is situated directly on the idyllic banks of the River Meuse. The extensive parks offer plenty of space for outdoor activities. The nearby cultural centre of Namur, with its winding alleyways, great variety of shops, event programs and museums, is a major attraction for visitors of all ages. The hotel has 19 functions for up to 400 people. The Leonardo Hotel Wavre is located in the idyllic countryside, not far from Brussels. The E411 road, nicknamed the ‘auto route of the Ardennes‘, takes you to Brussels city centre, the trade fair grounds or the airports in about 25 minutes. The hotel‘s sport facilities include a swimming pool and there is a golf course nearby. The hotel has seven function rooms for up to 200 people. The Best Western Leonardo Hotel Charleroi is characterized by its sophisticated environment and ideal traffic connections. Brussels South international airport is only a few minutes away by car, and the railway station with its express connections to Paris, Amsterdam or Brussels can be reached on foot. The hotel has six function rooms for up to 180 people.,



46/ Gîtes de Wallonie In all the meanings of the word, ‘Gîtes de Wallonie’ has become a household name guaranteeing modern and comfortable accommodations in Wallonia. In recent years the federation has developed a formula combining rural seminars and tourism: ‘Meetings in the Green’. Exploring the Ardennes countryside with your colleagues in green and quiet surroundings becomes much easier in authentic guesthouses that meet the high standards of a business clientele. This way the ‘Meetings in the Green’ formula fills the increasing need of companies for charming accommodations in the Ardennes. Lodgings with this label guarantee a high level of professional service. You can be sure of a unique and charming venue with modern infrastructure and equipment. The service is efficient, flexible and offers a different kind of hospitality without ever disturbing your privacy. Added to this advantageous formula is the competitive pricing. Since 1989 the members of ‘Gîtes de Wallonie’ do their utmost to fulfil the wishes of their guests in such a way that they often become the first ambassadors of their region. After all, making people welcome is an essential value of the ‘Gîtes de Wallonie’.,

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47/ Business-Etape Sometimes the thing you need more than anything else for your meeting or incentive is privacy. Business-Etape can provide you with ideally private and quiet locations where you can have your event undisturbed. Business-Etape offers you a choice of more than 50 villas and all are guaranteed to be of the best possible quality. These exceptional properties are classified as luxurious residences, perfectly equipped for small meetings, seminars and teambuilding weekends. With so many locations spread out over Wallonia, it’s almost impossible not to find what you want. Modern villas, authentic farms, castles, miniature wellness centres,...? Nearly every theme or setting can be found for your residential seminar. BusinessEtape can support your meeting or incentive in many ways. They listen to your needs, but they don’t impose anything. Through contacts with the best suppliers in the region, they can arrange the best catering, negotiate and organise sportive and cultural activities. Business-Etape guarantees the quality and professionalism of these partners. That way you don’t need to bother yourself with the details, leaving you free to concentrate on what matters!,


Organisers Wallonia is an interesting location for events and offers an endless list of possibilities from which it’s extremely hard to choose. Luckily there are professional organisers ready to help you organise the perfect event.

*** Choose freely from more than 50 meeting residences ***

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ORGANISERS 48/ Action Team Training

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Action , Learning and Human Experience… Action Team Training is specialised in the creation and organisation of team building events for companies. “Learning, creation and action”, are the leading concepts in their approach. And they know what they talk about. Action Team Training has gathered its experience over 20 years of working in the field of teambuilding. The 'Coaching Box' in Tour and Taxi, an old 'Clinix' of Brussels, the 'Made In Brussels' in the Galeries de la Reine and the 'Orange fortress' in Namur are just some of the sites where the action takes place. Are you prepared to bring your collegial relations to a higher level and stimulate collaboration and motivation? Action Team Training provides events that abound with quality pro and an originality! In the more than 15 indoor and an outdoor activities, professionalism, effectiveness and fun are the key princief ples. 'Action Team Training' is proud to p present 'Action Team Learning', another p way w to address your team building event, with w the focus on the aspect of learning. If you want to organise a human experience with concrete results Contact ACTION TEAM TRAINING .

49/ Annapurna Consult Seminars, team buildings, incentives and business events … all are part of the specialties of event bureau Annapurna Consult. With the utmost creativity and efficiency, Annapurna realizes the concept of your dream and leaves you and your guests with a treasured memory. With Annapurna you will have little to worry about: every detail of your event can be managed. Their slogan ‘Your communication partner’ shows they offer much more than the basic organization of your event. This event bureau even takes care of your promotional activities, brochures, invitations – both in Belgium and abroad – and arranges everything from logistics to catering. Outdoor and indoor activities, tailor-made or ready-made, in Belgium or anywhere else in the world, all options are open! Annapurna’s team building activities are beyond imagination and will enhance the spirit of your group. Discover with your team of archaeologists the riddle of Sir Lancelot or get ‘lost’ in the Sonian forest in search for the hidden bunker. Annapurna is proud to present an exclusive new activity, ‘The Cube’. This activity takes place in the four-star hotel, conference & resort centre, Dolce La Hulpe Brussels. In two hours time, you will be challenged to fabricate a serum and save humanity from a mortal bacteriological attack. All formats can be found on the website of Annapurna.

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ORGANISERS 50/ BITS-event Are you in need for a relaxing business weekend or a creative event with your colleagues? And you are not sure where or what? BITS, an incoming tour operator, has got some good ideas in mind… that is, if you opt for the Belgian or neighbouring territory. BITS is not just any destination management company, it made it to the top DMC’s in Belgium. The people of BITS are eager to share their beloved Belgian destinations. After 20 years, they have gathered a profound expertise on Belgium and its service providers. Hospitality and quality are taken very serious. They even have some original sample programs and activities in store. When talking about Wallonia, BITS shows proof of a deep knowledge. For instance, BITS praises the city of Spa for its lead role and Liège for its recent investments. But it is the whole destination of Wallonia, with its green land and forests, which lies closest to their heart. ‘The hundreds of castles, typical valleys and millions of hectares of forest are since long time the ideal terrain for team building activities, based on sports, orientation, treasure hunt…as Marc Dans points out. And to follow his advice, you better try out a ride on the Ardennes draft horse, pulling tree trunks in the forest.

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51/ Adrenaline events 'Adrenaline Events' is specialized in the organisation and coaching of teambuilding oriented events and seminars in the 'Ardenne Bleue' region and on the race track of SpaFrancorchamps. We also have an outdoor-center with a large choice of outdoor & adventure activities. Our professional team of instructors and the materials we use guarantees a safe and seamless organisation. Our goal is to offer you our know-how and professionalism to make a success-story out of your event. We are official partner of the best hotels in Spa. 'Adrenaline Events' organises 'tailor made' events in entire collaboration with you. Events are possible for an hour or two, a day or a few days in Ardennes or anywhere in Belgium. But any way we will find the most beautiful and typical places around to give a special dimension and up-grade your event. We go wherever you want us to…,

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52/ Wildtrails Wildtrails is not only a specialist in organizing seminars, sportive events, teambuilding and training, but also in supporting these events for others. Wildtrails has amassed quite a few interesting assets: nearly fifteen years of experience, three seminar locations, an immense training ground and rental equipment. Their locations are certainly worth visiting and – at the very least – describing. ‘Les Pieds dans l’ Eau’, ‘Porte de Cielle’ and ‘Le Presbytère’ are each multifunctional training and seminar centres. The first is a charming Ardennais restored farmhouse, the second is also a restored farm, but on a hill overlooking the Ourthe valley and the third is a former presbytery. Then there are ten hectares of adventurous rocky terrain, woods and fields on both sides of the Ourthe. After an intake talk to get acquainted with your expectations and wishes, Wildtrails will organise your entire event by the sea, in the Ardennes, or anywhere else in Belgium. Team trophy, highland games, abseiling, speleology, via ferrata,… can be organised as the main part of your event or as entertainment in between your meetings and workshops. And even if you decide not to make use of their experience, you can still rent one or more of their locations or their rental equipment. Indeed, Wildtrails offers you a choice from many trails towards a wild and successful company event.,

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X-Cape is based in Florenville, part of the Gaume region. Situated at a lower altitude than the Ardennes, it is delineated by borders with France, Luxembourg and the Ardennes. Temperatures in this region are often higher than in other parts of Belgium due to a microclimate, guaranteeing a breath of fresh air in this well preserved environment. But that’s not all: X-Cape is proud to offer various quality solutions to its customers – everywhere in Wallonia and even across the borders. Workshops, seminars… just ask and they make it happen. For over 14 years X-Cape has welcomed thousands of satisfied customers from all over Europe. Their self-stated priority is to make their clients happy and proud of themselves by offering opportunities aplenty to discover raw nature, enjoy a quiet environment, push their own limits and – last but not least – reach the goals. There are tons of activities to choose from. From droppings in the woods with different themes to deadrides. Paintball, quads, rope courses, teambooster activities, teambuilding challenges, horses, nordic walking… as long as it involves outdoor adventure. They have it all and they’re waiting for you!,

Sem’On Business operates quite differently from their peers in the event business. The agency organises events from A to Z, as well as meetings of at least half a day for ten participants or more, completely free of charge! Sem’On Business works with a commission via their contractors. More specifically, they charge nothing to their clients; they gain their share solely through the contractors (who are not allowed to charge extra, of course!). The client therefore only pays directly for the actual delivered performances and services from the hotels, conference rooms or other contractors of the event in question! This is an efficient manner to save both time and money without losing expertise. Furthermore, Sem’On Business also acts as a final contractor for teambuilding activities, family days and other corporate events!

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Offer a countryside rally to your teams, clients, and partners. Driving these mythical and legendary 2CV will create wonderful memories. 5 good reasons that make this activity the best team building activity you can find: • Accessible to everybody • Weatherproof (no need for a Plan B) • Makes all boundaries disappear between team members • No bling-bling • Simple, efficient, and original

© Copyright The Good Time Company - Photographe Johan Hamid,

*** An innovative teambuilding in Belgium ***

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56/ Trajectoire Trajectoire has been organizing prestigious automobile events in Belgium and abroad since 2002. In addition to organizing our own events, we use our expertise to help companies by creating corporate activities centered around the world of automobiles for their clients, their sales forces and their management. For example, we have twenty five vintage vehicles at our disposal, which means that we can organise corporate rallies taking care of all aspects of the event organization. As we know Spa-Francorchamps very well, we organise hospitality lounges at the circuit during international race meetings and can propose circuit initiations at the wheel of sports cars such as Porsche. We can also welcome you in garage located in Brussels where we store our oldtimers. This place uses to be the scene of special events for product launches, business party, press conferences.,

"A LIFESTYLE HERITAGE!" 57/ Aqualis The ‘Blue Ardennes’ is the nickname of the Walloon ‘Far East’: Spa and Stavelot, the Circuit of Francorchamps, the Eastern Cantons and the Land of Herve and many other well known and appreciated tourist destinations in the region. Apart from the well preserved nature, all of these sites have one common denominator: water. Hence the Joint tourism identity around the ‘blue gold’. ‘Blue Ardennes'. Think Spa, the High Fens, lakes, nature and – don’t forget – fine hotels and high-capacity meeting venues fitting your requirements. Since 2005, Aqualis has developed a Business & Events service, specifically for businesses, groups and associations. Seminars or Congresses, Incentives or Wellness... ‘Blue Ardennes’ offers you everything other MICE destinations offer and to this Aqualis their experience and knowledge. Aqualis offers a single point of contact for your project, customized proposals and they respect your budget.,



*** Outdoor Adventure & Teambuilding ***

58/ Brandsport Brandsport has amassed nearly 30 years of experience as an organizer of team building activities. You can choose from several formulas: management training, Forest Rope Adventures and LaRoche Team Adventures. A new formula incorporating horses can be expected soon. Brandsport’s philosophy is that there’s no better way to improve team bonding and team performance than sharing top experiences in the outdoors. By working together, assuring each other’s security, blindly putting your faith in your ‘buddy’ and by leading and being led, you get to know and trust your colleagues. These experiences, combined with the competition between the teams and the all-around rush of adrenaline, guide everybody to exceptional performances. These activities can be organized for small groups as well as for groups of about 175 people. Possible activities include: rock climbing, blind abseiling with your ‘buddy’, archery, constructing a raft and crossing the river together, kayaking, rafting, a hike ‘n bike raid with extra challenges,… Their ‘Forest Rope adventures’ includes rope courses from tree to tree with some interesting specials, like the cuddle pole. ‘LaRoche Team Adventures’ can be realized in 24 hours: arrival in the morning, lunch, outdoor teamwork, dinner, a party in the evening, a good night’s rest, breakfast and an action filled morning. Different elements of competition can be added to all the programs. Other formulas are possible, like action combined with reunions or a longer stay. Meetings can be organized in their own hostel ‘La Laiterie’, but other accommodations can also be arranged in nearby hotels and venues. All programs can be adjusted to fit your personal preferences.,

59/ Agritour

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Why not leave the city behind and become one with the beautiful countryside of Wallonia? Agritour is there to help you undertake a journey to Wallonia’s agricultural land and dares you to reveal its hidden secrets. Agritour is a cooperative tourist agency with a social commitment, more precisely, the development of the region of Wallonia. Wallonia’s grandiose rural areas and great richness of products are simply too worthy to be forgotten! To let you encounter the treasures of Wallonia, Agritour offers you meeting facilities in various unique rural locations, with completely equipped rooms for your corporate event. Or do you prefer a guest room in a small village or even in a farm? Buffets abound with local specialities and in Agritour’s ‘fermes Gourmandes’, high quality products are standard. To spice it all up, Agritour makes sure original and professionally organised teambuilding activities are available. If you would like to taste the flavours of the region, just pick one of Agritour’s gourmand tour proposals. Or get to know the specific agriculture of the region and the secrets of brewing beer, producing ‘foie gras’ and other culinary delights. A unique chance to learn about hidden professions and skills!,

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Wallonia Abroad BELGIUM – Flanders Office de Promotion du Tourisme de Wallonie et de Bruxelles Asbl Rue Saint-Bernard, 30 B-1060 Brussels Tel. +32 (0)2 509 24 54 Fax +32 (0)2 509 24 62 CANADA (Québec) Office de Promotion du Tourisme de Wallonie et de Bruxelles Asbl 43, rue De Buade, bureau 525 Québec (QUEBEC) – G1R4A2 CAN Tel. +1 418 692 49 39 Fax +1 418 692 49 74 Tel. sans frais (pour le Canada): 00 1 877 792 49 39 CHINA Office de Promotion du Tourisme de Wallonie et de Bruxelles Asbl Rue Saint-Bernard 30 - B-1060 Bruxelles Tel. +32 (0)2 504 02 62 Fax +32 (0)2 513 95 66 Manager New Markets : Dominique ANDRE FRANCE Office de Promotion du Tourisme Belge de Wallonie et de Bruxelles Paris 274, Boulevard Saint-Germain, F-75007 Paris Tel. +33 1 53 85 05 20-21 Fax +33 1 40 62 97 48

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GERMANY Office de Promotion du Tourisme de Wallonie et de Bruxelles Asbl Cäcilienstraße 46, D-50667 KÖLN DE Tel. +49 221 277 59 0 Fax +49 221 277 59 100 Büro Berlin Abteilung Meetings & Incentives Belgische Botschaft, Büro 405, Jägerstr. 52-53, D-10117 Berlin Tel. +49 30 20 60 71 605 Fax +49 30 20 60 71 606 ITALY Ufficio Belga per il Turismo Bruxelles-Vallonia Via Soperga, 20, I-20127 Milano Tel. +39 02 86 05 66 Fax +39 02 87 63 96w JAPAN Belgian Tourist Office Brussels-Wallonia Heiwa Daichi Building 1-4-5, Hirakawacho, Chiyoda-ku TOKYO 102-0093, JAPAN Tel. +81 3 32 37 71 01 Fax +81 3 32 37 84 00 NEDERLAND Belgisch Verkeersbureau voor Wallonië & Brussel Postbus 2324 - NL 2002 CH Haarlem Tel. (0)900 20 20 107 (only available in The Netherlands) Antwoordapparaat voor informatiepakketen: Tel. +31 23 534 44 34 Fax +31 23 534 20 50

POLAND Urzad Promocji Turystyki «Walonia-Bruksela» c/o Délégation Wallonie-Bruxelles ul. Ks. I. Skorupki 5 – VI° pietro Pl.-00-546 Warszawa Tel. +48 22 583 70 06-01 Fax: +48 22 583 70 03 SPAIN Oficina de Promoción de Turismo Valonia-Bruselas Calle Pau Claris, 110, 1 ° 08009 Barcelona ESPANA Tel. +34 93 272 26 01 Fax: +34 93 215 36 19 UNITED KINGDOM Belgian Tourist Office Brussels-Wallonia 217, Marsh Wall, London E14 9FJ - UK Tel. +44 20 75 31 03 90 Live operator : 0207 537 1132 Fax +44 20 75 31 03 93 Free brochure line : Tel. 0800.9545.245 (UK only) USA Belgian Tourist Office Brussels-Wallonia 220 East 42nd street - Room 3402 New York, N. Y. 10017 USA Tel. +1 212 758 81 30 Fax +1 212 355 76 75

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Looking for sharp ideas... Brussels, a cosmopolitan capital at a cultural and linguistic crossroads, is also a city of the arts and entertainment. Its lively atmosphere coupled with a gastronomic reputation make an essential contribution to the local lifestyle.

Brussels-Wallonia Convention Bureau forms part of the “Office de Promotion du Tourisme de Wallonie et de Bruxelles� (OPT). It acts as a go-between, completely free of charge, between enquirers abroad and suppliers on the ground. It will provide information about the latest facilities, and can also suggest original programmes. Visit the website to discover the many features of this dual destination that is so fascinating.

Wallonia is the green alternative venue. Splendid countryside stretches across the southern half of Belgium, so that there are ideal places to meet up – far from the hectic cities and with myriad sports, games and other leisure activities.

Brussels-Wallonia Convention Bureau Rue Saint-Bernard 30 - B-1060 Bruxelles T. +32 (0)2 504 02 34 - F +32 (0)2 513 95 66 -

Wallonia more than 50 ideas for meetings and incentives  
Wallonia more than 50 ideas for meetings and incentives