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The main international airport, 20 minutes from Brussels City Centre. Direct train connections every 15 minutes. BRUSSELS-SOUTH AIRPORT CHARLEROI:

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FLANDERS FOR FASHIONISTAS Belgian fashion design is marked by its quality, soberness, innovation and high-level craftsmanship, recognised and celebrated around the world. The world-renowned Antwerp Six (Dries Van Noten, Walter Van Beirendonck, Dirk Van Saeneâ&#x20AC;Ś), graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp in the 1980â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and are highly productive in Belgium and the rest of the world. Furthermore, Brussels is a true fashion centre, which predominantly displays a more avant-garde image than other design centres in Flanders. The Brussels fashion academy La Cambre is at the top level of the international fashion scene with Kim Stumpf and Jean Paul Lespagnard as notable alumni in the field.

CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES BY TOM VAN DER BORGHT Tom Van Der Borght, a fashion designer who lives and works in Ghent, started his own label in 2013. Tom Van Der Borght is not in search of traditional beauty. Bold combinations of bright colors, psychedelic graphics and textures make for a true bombardment of the senses. Always on the look-out for the unconventional, Tom Van Der Borght, creates his own standard of beauty. He showed his collections in Paris, Berlin, London and Panama fashion week, and has selling points in USA, Japan, China, Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong.


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FASHION HUNT Are you looking for a team building activity that’s a little out of the ordinary? Then why not opt for the Antwerp Fashion Hunt? Belgium’s fashion capital provides the backdrop to this challenging and strategic game. Help Fashion Academy student Alexander complete his graduation collection by undertaking various tasks and photo missions. The game can be played by groups of between 6 and 200 people.

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FASHIONISTA HOTSPOT The Dansaert District is one of Brussels’ most dynamic and trendy areas. 15 years ago a handful of designers set up shop here, and Dansaert has been a breeding ground for creativity ever since. New designer shops, fashion stores and quirky boutiques open every year. Great restaurants, cosy pubs and lively bars add to your shopping experience. A personal shopper can take you and your group on a fashion discovery tour.

FOOD MEETS FASHION Graanmarkt 13 is a restaurant, a shop and a gallery all under one roof. It’s a place to enjoy design, fashion, art and gastronomic delights. This concept store overlooks one of Antwerp’s most picturesque squares. The gallery gives a platform to up-and-coming artists and can be used for meetings and private dinners.

CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES BY BLACK BALLOON Black Balloon is a Ghent-based label of trendy clothing, shoes and accessories for men and women, inspired by a mix of music and emotions. Cléo Baele & Sarah Bos are the creative masterminds behind this young label. The collections of this duo are feminine yet tough, simple yet edgy and always with an eye for detail. The perfect example of cutting edge fashion!


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DID YOU KNOW… …that Horta and Henry van de Velde are our greatest exponents of Art Nouveau? Don’t miss the Musical Instruments Museum, the Horta Museum and one of the first European radio studios, Flagey. Nowadays all of these are great event venues.


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Antwerp

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Antwerp has always been a hot spot for creativity! In the 16th and 17th centuries, it was home to famous painters Peter Paul Rubens and Sir Anthony Van Dyck. Today, its renowned Fashion Academy is a place where young designers can be creative, put their skills to the test and truly blossom. A host of top designers like Dries Van Noten and Tim Van Steenbergen have graduated from the academy and gone on to conquer the world. As well as being home to Europe’s second largest port, Antwerp is also the world capital of the diamond trade, with 80% of the world’s rough diamonds passing through the city. It is a true melting pot, where talent and creativity fuse with industry and technology. Welcome to Antwerp, where the past meets the future head on! Brussels aside, Antwerp is Flanders’ leading conference city. Almost 25% of overnight stays relate to conventions and meetings, a figure that is set to rise end of 2016, when a brand new convention centre housing 2000 delegates will open.

FROM BRUSSELS AIRPORT

By train: - Direct train to Antwerp Central Station - Train every 30 minutes - Trip takes 34 minutes By bus: - Airport Express to Antwerp - One bus per hour - Trip takes 45 minutes FROM ANTWERP AIRPORT

(daily flights from London City Airport) By bus: - Bus 14 to Antwerp Central Station - Trip takes 15 minutes BY HIGH SPEED TRAIN TO ANTWERP CENTRAL STATION FROM PARIS NORD & PARIS CHARLES DE GAULLE:

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Must do… DIAMOND COCKTAIL Who will win the diamond? Treat your delegates to a diamond cocktail and one of them will take home a real diamond! Everyone gets a gemstone in their glass, but only one of them is the real thing. Guaranteed to thrill, this special treat can be organised at either a historic or a trendy venue: you choose! CATHEDRAL OF OUR LADY – BEHIND THE SCENES In the heart of the historic centre stands the Cathedral of Our Lady, the highest Gothic Building in the Low Countries. Usually open to the public, the cathedral can be booked for exclusive events for meeting and incentive guests. Why not come for a behind-the-scenes tour and enjoy a private organ concert in this majestic building?

FROM KÖLN HBF:

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LARGEST CAPACITY Auditorium: 2000 pax Stadsschouwburg Seminar style: 4000 pax Hangar 29 Theatre style: 5000 pax Hangar 29 or Antwerp Expo Reception: 13.300 pax Antwerp Expo Banquet: 8400 pax Antwerp Expo Exhibition Space: 16.548 m2, largest hall: 6000 m2 Antwerp Expo

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Must see… HET EILANDJE This hip and trendy neighbourhood by the docklands is home to the MAS Museum and the Red Star Line Museum. Explore the fascinating collections at MAS and climb up to the roof terrace for a panoramic view over the river Scheldt and the city. Then plunge into the history of the migrants who travelled from Europe to the United States on the Red Star Line. It’s even possible to organise your dinner event at this museum. Or would you prefer to dine in a 19th century warehouse like ‘Felix Pakhuis’? ‘Het Eilandje’ offers you all of this and more!

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FLEMISH BAROQUE – MEET RUBENS Rubens was the leading artist of the Baroque age. Visit his home, the ‘Rubenshuis’ and see where he lived and worked! Don’t forget to admire his finest work in Antwerp’s majestic Cathedral of Our Lady. Big fan of Rubens? Why not book the ‘Out on the town with Rubens’ tour for your group and let the master himself be your guide to Antwerp?

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ANTWERP TOURISM & CONVENTIONS CONTACT: INGE MARSTBOOM Grote Markt 15 2000 Antwerpen (Antwerp) T +32 3 338 81 81 meeting@stad.antwerpen.be www.visitantwerp.be

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KEEP APP WITH FASHION Download the ‘Fashion in Antwerp’ app and get to know how Antwerp became a fashion capital. Find out some fascinating fashion facts and check out insiders’ tips from icons like Diane Von Furstenberg, Dirk Van Saene and A.F.Vandevorst. Just choose your route and learn about the history of fashion in Antwerp from the sixteenth century to the present day. PORT OF ANTWERP The port is the beating heart of Antwerp. Let a river cruise take you past warehouses, terminals, ships, and cranes, and discover the city from a different angle. Up for an adventure? Check out the Rib speedboats that will whizz you along the river Scheldt at a breathtaking speed.


Bruges

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Bruges: small but oh-so-perfectl! The compactness of the city is its greatest asset. Here you find exceptional venues and marvelous boutique hotels, all within walking distance of one another. The entire city centre is a listed UNESCO world heritage site, including the ‘Site Oud Sint-Jan’convention centre. Bruges boasts no fewer than 24 museums and a wealth of special venues for hosting events. Who would say no to a welcome reception at the impressive Gothic City Hall? The city is also the perfect place to tickle your delegates’ taste buds. With 7 Michelin-starred restaurants and over 50 chocolate shops, Bruges is the place to be for gourmands. Welcome to a small city that will offer your group some great experiences.

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BRUGES 95 km 1h by train

FROM BRUSSELS AIRPORT

By train: - Train to Brussels Midi Station leaves every 15 minutes - Change trains to Bruges at Brussels Midi Station - Trip takes 1h20 - As from December 2014, one direct train connection per hour from Brussels Airport BY HIGH SPEED TRAIN TO BRUGES STATION FROM LONDON ST PANCRAS:

By Eurostar in 3h20 - change at Brussels Midi Station FROM PARIS GARE DU NORD:

By Thalys in 2h30 - change at Brussels Midi Station There are 2 direct Thalys connections a day FROM LILLE FLANDRES:

By train in 1h20 - direct train or with a change in Kortrijk

Must do… CANAL CRUISE The best way to see Bruges is to view it from a boat on its network of canals. The view is stunning! Treat your VIP’s to a boat trip and arrive at your conference centre or drinks reception in style.

HIT THE MARK At the old Archers Guild House, master marksmen will teach you the noble art of crossbowshooting. Why not stage a crossbow-shooting tournament and treat your delegates to an exquisite dinner at this 16th century venue?

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LARGEST CAPACITY Auditorium: 1289 pax Concertgebouw Seminar style: 650 pax Stadshallen Theatre style: 1200 pax Concertgebouw Reception: 2000 pax Beurshal Banquet: 2000 pax Beurshal Exhibition space: 4200 m2 Beurshal

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LARGEST CONVENTION CENTRE Site Oud Sint-Jan Largest capacity: Seminar style: 250 pax Theatre style: 500 pax Reception: 750 pax Banquet: 250 pax Number of break-out rooms: 17 Exhibition space: 364 m2

UP WE GO! Climb the 366 stairs of the belfry and you will enjoy a spectacular view of the city. Want to reward your group with an unique experience after this physical challenge? A carillonneur can play some tunes, just for you! Can’t remember where you’ve seen this belfry before? Scenes from the film ‘In Bruges’ where shot here. FINE ART & CHAMPAGNE Absolute Art Gallery showcases contemporary art in the medieval city centre of Bruges. This venue is perfect for drinks receptions with small VIP groups. The exclusive pieces of art give your guests an interesting topic of conversation whilst they enjoy delicious champagne and finger food.

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CHOCOLATE EVERYWHERE Bruges is the chocolate city par excellence. The city has more than 50 passionate chocolatiers and acts as a genuine chocolate laboratory. This is the place where established names and fresh up-andcoming talent complement each other. Here you can sample the traditional chocolate craft and new boundarypushing chocolate creations. Try the famous ‘Chocolate shooter’, developed by chocolatier Dominique Persoone from Chocolate Line for Rolling Stone Ron Wood’s birthday party or exceed your delegates’ expectations by treating them to a chocolate workshop at the venue of your choice. MMMMH DELICIOUS! Bruges is called the epicentre of the world’s gastronomy for good reason. The city places itself on the menu with an impressive list of first-class Michelin starred restaurants, such as De Karmeliet (***), De Jonkman (**), A’Qi (*), Den Gouden Harynck (*), Auberge De Herborist (*), Sans Cravate (*) and many other high quality restaurants as mentioned in the GaultMillau guide 2014.


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Brussels

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Brussels is an international metropolis and the ultimate European city — a mosaic of languages, cultures and traditions. As headquarters to the European Union and NATO, Brussels is often referred to as The Capital of Europe. But there’s more to the capital of 500 million Europeans than just politics and administration. Things are not only decided here, they’re also designed here; not just debated, also created. There is an exciting cultural and artistic tide, and a surprising fashion scene flowing through the city helping to create a multicultural melting pot. Things happen in Brussels! That’s one of the reasons why so many meetings take place in this vibrant city! Consider the fact that Brussels is easily accessible by train and plane from all over Europe and beyond, and you’ll understand why it’s the N° 1 destination for association conferences in Europe.

FROM BRUSSELS AIRPORT

Public transport: - Direct train to Brussels North, Central and Midi Station every 15 minutes - Trip to Brussels Central station takes 17 minutes - Trip to Brussels Midi Station takes 20 minutes BY HIGH SPEED TRAIN TO BRUSSELS MIDI STATION FROM PARIS NORD & PARIS CHARLES DE GAULLE:

In 1h22 (Thalys) FROM AMSTERDAM CENTRAL STATION & SCHIPHOL AIRPORT :

In 1h52 (Thalys) FROM LONDON ST PANCRAS:

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Must do… THE ATOMIUM is the unmistakable symbol of Brussels and the most popular attraction in the capital of Europe. Built for the 1958 World Exhibition and shaped like a crystalline iron molecule enlarged 165 billion times, The Atomium has become a unique piece of architectural history. Good news for meeting planners! This architectural marvel is also a venue for meetings, drinks receptions and dinners. The stunning view is the perfect icebreaker for your guests.

‘CECI N’EST PAS UNE PIPE’ Get introduced to the surrealist world of the famous Belgian painter René Magritte. The Magritte museum not only offers an extraordinary collection of artwork, but is also the perfect venue for an elegant drinks reception.

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LARGEST CAPACITY Auditorium: 8000 pax Vorst Nationaal Theatre style: 6000 pax Tour & Taxis Seminar style: 4000 pax Tour & Taxis Banquet: 2500 pax Tour & Taxis Reception: 4000 pax Tour & Taxis Exhibition space: 115.000 m2 Brussels Expo LARGEST CONVENTION & EXHIBITION CENTRE Brussels Expo Largest capactiy: Auditorium: 1860 pax Theatre style: 1860 pax Seminar style: 1860 pax Banquet: 4000 pax Reception: 5500 pax Number of breakout rooms: 13 Exhibition space: 115.000 m2

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COMIC STRIP WAL(L)KS There’s more to discover in Brussels than beer, waffles and chocolate. The city has a rich comic strip culture with characters like Tintin, The Smurfs and Lucky Luke. In the early nineties, Brussels started integrating comic strips into its architecture. There are now over 40 comic strip walls throughout the city, with giant murals of comic book characters. Discover these likeable characters on the comic Location: strip trail, which leads you across the city to the less touristy parts In the Heysel area North of Brussels, of town. Visit the Belgian Comic Centre! This museum, housed in an with easy access from the city centre by subway impressive Art Nouveau building, is a great spot for hosting events. Square – Brussels Meeting Centre Largest capactiy: Auditorium: 2100 Theatre style: 2100 Seminar style: 184 Banquet: 2300 Reception: 3000 Nr of breakout rooms: 25 Exhibition space: 3600 m2

ART NOUVEAU In the late 19th Century Brussels was the capital of Art Nouveau, thanks to architects like Victor Horta and Henry van de Velde. Today the city’s Art Nouveau buildings are preserved as heritage sites. Take your group on a guided walk past these beautiful houses. Or better still, why not organise your dinner in one of them? Venues like Maison Hannon, Solvay Library and the Musical Instruments Museum are sure to impress your delegates!

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EXTRAORDINARY DINNER With ‘Dinner in the Sky’, you can have a dinner that is truly out of this world! Your dinner is hosted at a table suspended 50 metres above the ground, which is guaranteed to make a lasting impression on your guests! 22 guests and a star chef share an unforgettable gastronomic experience, enjoying an unparalleled view of Brussels whilst delighting in rare dishes and fine wines. Who could ever forget it? WAFFLES Besides its chocolates and beer, Belgium is famed for its waffles. There are many different types, but the best known is the Brussels waffle! Light and crispy, these waffles are a must for any visitor to Brussels! Go to Maison Dandoy, a shop that has been selling typical Belgian biscuits since 1829, and enjoy the waffle of your choice in the tearoom upstairs.


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The Flemish Kitchen Rebels are all promising young chefs

The first praline was made in Belgium by Neuhaus

More than 70 Michelin starred restaurants

Biggest chocolate factory in the world

DID YOU KNOW… …that Flanders counts over 3234 ‘frietkoten’? That means that you can order fries in almost every city or village. It’s yummy and part of the Belgian cultural and culinary heritage.


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Ghent Sunset in Ghent

With its perfect blend of the old and the new, Ghent is a breathtaking city, full of light and life! Ghent is an undiscovered gem, small enough to be cosy, but large enough to stay vibrant. Historical without being fossilized, small without being provincial, and lively without being boisterous, Ghent has a reputation for going its own way. It has a modern, bustling commercial centre and is the cultural capital of East Flanders. Ghent University’s 60,000 students make the city a lively spot. With plenty of high-quality hotels, great conference facilities and an array of special venues, Ghent is the ideal location for your conference or event!

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Public transport: - Direct train to Ghent St-Pieters Station every 30 minutes - Trip takes 1h30 (1h with change at Brussels Midi Station) BY HIGH SPEED TRAIN TO GHENT ST-PIETERS STATION FROM PARIS NORD & PARIS CHARLES DE GAULLE:

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Must do… CASTLE OF THE COUNTS Cold halls and even colder dungeons. Endless staircases leading up the towers. Wells of oblivion and a torture museum. Overlooking the city from high up on the keep, you feel like the Counts of Flanders, with Ghent lying at your feet. The ideal location for hosting an original reception. An experience not to be missed! GHENT BY NIGHT Never let your delegates go to bed early. With its vibrant nightlife and its award winning lighting plan the city of Ghent becomes a shimmering magical place after dark. Spend the night in Ghent! The experience will be worth your while.

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ROCK ’N’ ROLL CUISINE Three culinary geniuses – ‘The Flemish Foodies’ – chose to open their restaurants in Ghent. The result is a playful, dynamic and delicious cuisine, which inspired other chefs to launch similar initiatives. Discover Publiek, De Vitrine, J.E.F., as well as many more great eateries!

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Location: 20 minutes walking distance from the city centre – 5 minutes walking distance from the Ghent St-Pieters Station

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THE ADORATION OF THE MYSTIC LAMB Jan and Hubert van Eyck’s famous altarpiece from 1432 ranks among the most significant works of art in Europe. Housed at Saint Bavo Cathedral, this large and complex altarpiece suffered a turbulent history. Dismantled, stolen, and damaged many times over, it was reassembled, cleaned, and restored after the Second World War. People come from all over the world to admire it, and movie buffs will recognise it from George Clooney’s film ‘Monuments Men’. A BRIDGE WITH A VIEW From St Michael’s Bridge you can admire a breathtaking cityscape from all directions. Millions of photos have been taken from this spot. But your own photo remains a unique shot. This is the only place in the city where you can see the three towers form a perfectly straight line.

CREATIVE CITY OF MUSIC Ghent has a lively music scene and is a member of Unesco Creative Cities Network in the category ‘Music’. Why not treat your delegates to a private concert? Several beautiful historic concert halls and music centres can be privatised for events. Perfect examples are Music Centre ‘De Bijloke’ in a renovated 13th century hospital, the 16th century gild house ‘Handelsbeurs’ and the Ghent Opera. TASTY TREATS From RoomeR, Ghent’s typical elderflower blossom aperitif to Tierenteyn, the tangy mustard that is delicious on a sandwich with uuflakke (pig’s head), and sweet neuzekes or cuberdons: your taste buds will have a lot to discover!


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Leuven

City Hall

Leuven may be an ancient city, but it is very much young at heart! Home to one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious universities (KU Leuven), the city is beloved by generations of students. Historic college buildings dominate its cosy squares and streets. Thanks to the university, Leuven has grown into a bastion of knowledge from where high-tech companies conquer the world! More than just a university city, Leuven is also the capital of beer! This fantastic town is the birthplace of the world-famous Stella Artois beer and houses the headquarters of AB Inbev, the largest brewery concern on the planet. Less than 15 minutes by train from Brussels Airport, this small city with its modern hotels and unique historic venues is the ideal spot for your next meeting or conference.

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FROM BRUSSELS AIRPORT

Public transport: - Direct train to Leuven every 30 minutes - Trip takes 14 minutes BY HIGH SPEED TRAIN TO LEUVEN STATION FROM PARIS NORD & PARIS CHARLES DE GAULLE:

In 1h55 (Thalys) - change at Brussels Midi Station FROM AMSTERDAM CENTRAL STATION & SCHIPHOL AIRPORT:

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LARGEST CAPACITY Auditorium: 800 pax KU Leuven Seminar: 190 pax Provinciehuis Theatre: 250 pax Faculty Club Reception: 750 pax M Museum Banquet: 450 pax Salons Georges Exhibition space: 5200 m2 Brabanthal

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BOOKS & STEPS Leuven’s university library is impressive! But don’t just take our word for it: CNN ranked the library as one of the world’s top 10 most spectacular university buildings! The library offers more than just books. Climb the tower and be rewarded with a spectacular view of the city. How about an extra reason to visit? Standing right in front of the library is a work of art by Belgian artist Jan Fabre. Ever seen a giant needle with a beetle pinned on top?

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LARGEST CONVENTION & EXHIBITION CENTRE Faculty Club

THE LONGEST BAR The Old Market Square is known as the world’s longest bar. The square is dotted with more than 40 bars and pubs, meaning that no student, local or visitor will ever go thirsty. It’s the perfect place to sample a wide array of Belgian beers.

Largest capacity: Seminar style: 200 pax Theatre style: 250 pax Reception: 300 pax Banquet: 200 pax Exhibition space: 247 m2² Location: Situated in the historical site of the Grand Beguinage

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A WORLD OF ART The impressive M-Museum is located right at the heart of the city. Built around an old oak tree, the building is a blend of existing historic buildings and contemporary architecture. The large permanent collection is definitely worth a visit. Tired of holding your meetings in hotels and conference centres? This museum has several state-of-the-art meeting rooms. In the summertime, its rooftop terrace and garden are perfect for cocktail receptions and buffet suppers.

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MEETING LEUVEN & VLAAMS-BRABANT CONTACT: MARIE TOLLENEER Naamsestraat 3 3000 Leuven T +32 16 27 29 90 www.meetingleuven.be info@meetingleuven.be

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CALL ME ON DRAUGHT What better place to learn how to pour the perfect pint than at the Stella Artois brewery? Visit the brewery and let them show you how it’s done! Looking for a historic setting? Why not host your gala dinner at the original Stella Artois brewery ‘De Hoorn’? This historic building is now a special venue.


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Mechelen

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Mechelen, the former capital of the Burgundian Netherlands, is just 10 minutes by train from Brussels Airport. Mechelen has one of the highest concentrations of monuments north of the Alps. It is the Flemish city with the largest number of monuments on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. At the same time, it offers up-to-the-minute hotels within walking distance of well-equipped meeting rooms. A compact city with beautiful parks and riverside meeting facilities, Mechelen… more than meets the eye!

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

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FROM BRUSSELS AIRPORT

Public transport: - Direct train to Mechelen every 30 minutes - Trip takes 10 minutes BY HIGH SPEED TRAIN TO MECHELEN RAILWAY STATION FROM PARIS NORD & PARIS CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT:

In 1h55 (Thalys) - change at Brussels Midi Station

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In 2h10 (Eurostar) - change at Brussels Midi Station

BREWERY HET ANKER Visit ‘Het Anker’: founded in 1369, it is one of Belgium’s oldest breweries. Here you can learn all about Belgian beer and the brewing process. Don’t leave without tasting a ‘Gouden Carolus’, the locals’ favourite beer!

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LARGEST CAPACITY Auditorium: 437 pax Utopolis Seminar style: 300 pax Hof De Merode / Diocesaan Pastoraal Centrum Theatre style: 650 pax Planckendael Reception: 600 pax Utopolis Banquet: 500 pax Technopolis Exhibition space: 2300 m2 Lamot Conference and Heritage Centre LARGEST CONVENTION & EXHIBITION CENTRE Lamot Conference and Heritage Centre Largest capacity: • Auditorium: 298 pax • Seminar style: 100 pax • Theatre style: 298 pax • Reception: 500 pax • Banquet: 350 pax • Number of break-out rooms: 8 • Exhibition space: 2300 m2

Location: City centre, 10 minutes walking distance from railway station

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Must see… CITY VIBE The Fish Market is the most vibrant spot in the city! This centuries-old market, where merchants used to sell fish, is now a bustling hive of activity. In the snug cafes, stylish lounge bars and trendy restaurants, you’ll meet the locals known as ‘Maneblussers’.

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CITY GOLF Hit a ball around the city! Looking for an unforgettable experience? Try playing City Golf at unique locations in Mechelen. A great way to discover some of the most convivial parts of the city, such as the Botanical Gardens and the breathtaking St Rumbold’s Cathedral.

WHAT’S SUP? SUP your way through Mechelen. A tour on the River Dyle with a StandUp Paddle (SUP) is an great way to explore the historic centre of Mechelen from a different perspective! It’s easier than it looks and along the way you’ll see how the people of Mechelen live in historic and modern waterside buildings. Dare to be different! SUP, what a challenge for you and your team.


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STAM City Museum, Ghent

Gaasbeek Castle, Brussels Surrounds

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Breweries, convents & 19th century industrial sites converted into great conference venues

Solvay Library, Brussels


67 kilometres of coastline Excellent seafood

10 coastal towns Long sandy beaches

Knokke-Heist Great outdoor

 team building activities Water sport activities Ostend Traditional horseback Yacht harbours shrimp fishing Trendy shopping

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DID YOU KNOWâ&#x20AC;Ś â&#x20AC;Śthe longest tramway line in the world is the Belgian coast tram (67 kilometres), which operates between De Panne and Knokke-Heist, from the French border to the Dutch border?


Historic, cosy and with a touch of rock-’n-roll: that’s the best way to describe Ostend, a city with a wide variety of restaurants, hotels and cosy pubs. This vibrant city with its healthy maritime environment offers comfortable, accessible and inspiring meeting facilities.

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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

LARGEST CAPACITY Auditorium: 2049 pax Kursaal Oostende Seminar style: 342 pax Thermae Palace Theatre style: 650 pax Thermae Palace Reception: 800 pax Thermae Palace Banquet: 300 pax Thermae Palace Exhibition space: 1050 m2 Kursaal Oostende

125 km 1h25’ by train

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By train in 1h39 (change at Brussels North station) BY HIGH SPEED TRAIN TO OSTEND STATION FROM PARIS NORD & PARIS CHARLES DE GAULLE:

In 2h45 (Thalys) - change at Brussels Midi Station FROM AMSTERDAM SCHIPHOL & CENTRAL STATION:

In 3h26 (Thalys) - change at Antwerp Central Station FROM LONDON ST PANCRAS:

In 3h39 (Eurostar) - change at Lille Flandres Station (France)

LARGEST CONVENTION CENTRE Kursaal Oostende Largest capactiy: Seminar style: 600 pax Theatre style: 2049 pax Reception: 1500 pax Banquet: 700 pax Number of break-out rooms: 11 Exhibition space: 1050 m2 Location: On the promenade overlooking the sea

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Must see… FORT NAPOLEON The fort was commissioned by Napoleon but never saw action… until now! The beautifully restored site is open for visitors to learn all about its history, but is also a perfect venue for meetings, special events and team building. A historical building right in the dunes of Ostend could be just the spot for your next meeting!

CALL ME OOSTENDE CONVENTION BUREAU CONTACT: LIEVE HOLLEVOET Monacoplein 2 8400 Oostende (Ostend) T +32 59 25 53 17 www.meet-in-oostende.be mice@toerisme-oostende.be

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VENETIAN & ROYAL GALLERIES King Leopold II, the second king of Belgium, put his unique architectural stamp on the city of Ostend. The Venetian and Royal Galleries were his creations. Not only can you stroll through the galleries, but today you can also dine in them, in a setting that exudes the style and splendour of yesteryear. The kitchen of top restaurant Savarin will go all out to ensure that you enjoy an excellent fine dining experience with first-rate service.

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MIDNIGHT LOVE TOUR American soul legend Marvin Gaye spent a year of his life in Ostend. In this city by the sea, Gaye found peace after a period of heavy drug use and wrote his number one hit ‘Sexual Healing’. With an iPod audio guide, you can take a walk through the city and discover the fascinating story of Ostend, Marvin Gaye and their special relationship.


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Knokke-Heist is Belgium’s most luxurious seaside resort. The coastal town is often referred to as the Monaco of Flanders. With high-end hotels and fancy gourmet restaurants, charming Knokke is the place to be for your next exclusive event or meeting. The beautiful coastline and surrounding countryside offer the perfect setting for team building activities. Treat your delegates to a slice of the good life in this town of art galleries, golf courses, exclusive boutiques, posh restaurants and trendy clubs!

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LET’S MEET IN KNOKKE-HEIST LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION FROM BRUSSELS AIRPORT

BY HIGH SPEED TRAIN TO KNOKKE-HEIST STATION FROM PARIS NORD & PARIS CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT:

In 3h33 (Thalys) - change at Brussels Midi Station FROM AMSTERDAM CENTRAL STATION & SCHIPHOL AIRPORT:

In 3h36 (Thalys) - change at Antwerp Central Station FROM LONDON ST PANCRAS:

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LARGEST CONVENTION& EXHIBITION CENTRE Cultuurcentrum Scharpoord Largest capacity: • Auditorium: 298 pax • Seminar style: 100 pax • Theatre style: 298 pax • Reception: 500 pax • Banquet: 400 pax • Number of break-out rooms: 7 • Exhibition space: 1400 m2² Location: City centre, 10 minutes walking distance from railway station

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CALL ME TOURISM KNOKKE-HEIST CONTACT: EVELYNE DUPONT-VERBEKE’ Zeedijk-Knokke, 660 8300 Knokke-Heist T +32 50 63 03 80 www.knokke-heist.info/mice mice@knokke-heist.be

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MEET IN STYLE In the illustrious past, iconic stars like Frank Sinatra en Marlene Dietrich stayed at hotel La Réserve. The new four star hotel La Réserve, that openend in 2011, breathes the same atmosphere f wealth and luxury as the original, but with a modern touch. 108 rooms and suits, 5 meeting rooms and a ballroom make it the largest hotel in Knokke-Heist and the perfect place for your fancy meetings.

Must see… A SPOT FOR ARTISTS Knokke-Heist is home to some of the world’s finest art. Find works of famous artists in the 70 or so galleries in Knokke. In this seaside town art is around every corner. The modern art incorporated in the towns architecture makes walking through Knokke a real cultural experience. Look out for sculptures such as Flanagan’s ‘Leaping Hare’ in the Zwin Nature Reserve or ‘Tomorrow’s man’ by Catherine François on one of the breakwaters.

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LARGEST CAPACITY Auditorium: 420 pax Cultuurcentrum Scharpoord Seminar style: 150 pax La Réserve Theatre style: 300 pax La Réserve Reception: 1000 pax Casino Knokke-Heist Banquet: 750 pax Casino Knokke-Heist Exhibition space: 1400 m2 Cultuurcentrum Scharpoord

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PLACE YOUR BET The Grand Casino Knokke offers more than just slot machines, roulette and card tables. If you’re looking to organise an event, this is the right place! With 3 ballrooms – one decorated with hand-painted frescoes by René Margritte –, a gastronomic restaurant, event packages and a tailormade service, Grand Casino Knokke caters to all your wishes.


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Forests and Woodlands Riverfronts and canals

DID YOU KNOWâ&#x20AC;Ś â&#x20AC;Śthat Flanders and Brussels count 18 meeting locations with a Green Key Label? The green Key is an international label awarded to ecofriendly touristic venues. These companies invest in sustainable solutions without compromising on comfort.


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The Antwerp Campine

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The Antwerp Campine is a region teeming with nature, just minutes from the city of Antwerp. Here you’ll find hotels and conference centres in a natural setting. The Campine is also perfect for team building activities and incentives. From a jeep safari to herding sheep, from an abbey tour to rafting, it’s the perfect place for an out of the ordinary experience!

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BRIDGE BETWEEN THE PAST AND THE FUTURE The Priory of Corsendonk nestles in the Antwerp Campine like a pearl, surrounded by woods and pastures. The medieval setting of this former convent, with its arched cellar and the monumental chapter hall, provides an unforgettable backdrop for your meeting, team building session or gala dinner.

OFF ROAD Race through fields and dirt tracks in an off-road buggy and experience the Campine in the coolest way possible! This unique adventure combined with fun games makes for a memorable team building activity.

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BUSINOOZ Want to host your next meeting in the heart of nature with no one else around? NOOZ is an ultra-modern villa surrounded by 100 acres of woodland. Your meeting can be combined with relaxing wellness treatments for a true experience of luxury and exclusivity!


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The metropolitan city of Brussels is surrounded by a region rich with nature. Within easy reach of the airport, this peaceful place is ideal for effective meetings and seminars. The province of Flemish Brabant offers numerous historic venues, such as castles and traditional breweries.

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Wolfnjoy, a subsidiary of brewery Wolf, is the proud owner of Belgium’s largest hot air balloon. Treat your VIP’s to a balloon flight during which they can enjoy a breakfast with freshly baked bread, a unique dinner cooked on board by a renowned chef, or a gourmet beer-tasting session.

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Visit one of the largest botanical gardens in the world. Set in historic castle grounds, the National Botanic Gardens offer an extensive collection of plants from every corner of the globe. Enjoy the aroma of tropical plants in Belgium’s largest greenhouse and take a relaxing stroll through the park. In the heart of the botanical gardens stands the castle of Bouchout. This former royal residence is now a majestic venue for meetings and events.

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BAPAS What do you get when you combine Belgian beer with tapas? Delicious bapas! These Belgian beer tapas offer the perfect combination of high quality beer and exquisite gastronomy. Discover all about it in a bapas cooking workshop at the venue of your choice.

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East Flanders

The Flemish province of East Flanders with Ghent as its capital is a place where you’ll find it impossible to get bored. Who doesn’t enjoy horse riding, a game of golf or a good tennis match? If you have a sweet tooth, why not visit a chocolate factory? And of course, don’t leave without visiting a brewery or distillery.

FROM GRAIN TO GLASS On the banks of the River Lys, tucked away between golden meadows and fields of wheat, the Filliers Distillery produces Genever. Want to learn how this traditional liquor is produced? Treat your delegates to a guided tour of the distillery and afterwards sample some delicious Genevers.

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‘Het Godshuis’ is not only a majestic 4 star boutique hotel in what used to be a 19th century convent; it is also a luxurious venue for meetings and events. The Almshouse and the Rufinus Chapel are perfect examples of unique event settings.

Flanders Fields

Ypres and the surrounding area are commonly referred to as Flanders Fields, in relation to the commemoration of the Great War. Most people don’t know that this region can also be a destination for meetings and events. Why not combine a meeting in Ypres with a visit to In Flanders Fields Museum or a tour of the battlefields and cemeteries? It will leave a lasting impression on your delegates.

The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing is a war memorial in Ypres dedicated to the British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in the Ypres Salient during the First World War, and whose graves are unknown. As an expression of gratitude from the citizens of Ypres towards those who gave their lives for Belgium’s freedom, every evening at 8 p.m. buglers from the fire brigade sound the Last Post. Apart from during the German occupation in the Second World War, this ceremony has been carried on uninterrupted since 2nd July 1928.

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IN FLANDERS FIELDS The In Flanders Fields Museum presents the story of the First World War in the front region. With an emphasis on human experience, the interactive exhibition tells the story of the invasion, the first months of mobilisation, the four years of trench warfare, the end of the war and the remembrance ever since.


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Limburg is Flanders’ most easterly province, bordering the Netherlands and Germany. This green region has a wide range of venues and is the place to be for outdoor activities. Picture an unforgettable springtime event, surrounded by blossoms from the many fruit trees. The River Meuse’s waterfront offers an excellent setting for water-themed team building activities. For sparkling city life, you have to be in Hasselt, Limburg’s capital. This charming town is known for fashion, ‘haute cuisine’ and ‘Genever’, also called Dutch gin.

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This former coalmine is now an inspiring location. With a combination of state-of-the-art infrastructure and industrial heritage, it is the ideal venue for conferences, exhibitions, shows and concerts. C-mine is a must for organisers who want to stage their events in a creative setting!

A LEAFY MEETING Nestling amidst the forests of Hechtel-Eksel is a small architectural wonder: a sustainable treehouse with a lounge, a kitchen and a meeting room for up to 15 people. The Treehouse is equipped with state-of-the-art eco facilities and is a perfect place for private meetings and brainstorming sessions. The Treehouse is the ideal venue for organisations with a keen interest in sustainability!

The Kortrijk region Only 20 minutes from the French border, the city of Kortrijk stretches along the River Lys. Founded in the middle ages, this trendy town is known today for its contemporary architecture and state-of-the-art design. Just outside the city centre, in the Lys region, you can find excellent walking and cycling trails. These scenic routes will take you through beautiful countryside and charming villages. Kortrijk and the surrounding area boast a large number of top-quality hotels and charming B&Bs. Here you can find excellent restaurants and well-equipped conference and exhibition centres.

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Have you ever heard of a siphon coffee bar? Did you know that one cup of coffee contains approximately 800 taste components? Learn all about coffee during a workshop at the Viva Sara Kaffée on the market square in Kortrijk. A professional barista shares the secret to making the perfect coffee and introduces you to different kinds of coffee from all around the world. The perfect incentive for coffee lovers!


BRUSSELS AIRLINES OFFICIAL CARRIER PROGRAMME Flying your way to your convention with Brussels Airlines! Brussels Airlines’ Official Carrier Programme is designed to meet the needs of organisers and delegates of international conventions.

FOR THE ORGANISER In addition to offering your delegates a substantial discount on air travel to the convention, the programme simplifies the management of air travel by allowing your delegates to book their own tickets via a personalized code.

FOR THE DELEGATE You and your accompanying partner are offered a considerable discount in air travel to the conference destination. Brussels Airlines is also a participant of the Star Alliance Conventions Plus Programme and  Star Alliance Meetings Plus Programme. www.meetinflanders.com/en/planner-toolkit/partnerships

BRUSSELS AIRPORT WELCOME LOUNGE Focused on excellence through hospitality, Meet in Flanders and Brussels Airport have created a Welcome Lounge in the arrival hall of Brussels Airport. The use of the lounge is complimentary and exclusively for organisers of conventions, incentives, fairs and events in Flanders and Brussels. Through this service, DMC’s, PCO’s and event organisers are able to provide a personalised welcome to delegates arriving at Brussels Airport. www.meetinflanders.com/en/planner-toolkit/partnerships


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GHENT & EAST FLANDERS CONVENTION BUREAU CONTACT: PHILIPPE LEFEBVRE T +32 9 266 56 52 Predikherenlei 2, 9000 Gent gentcongres@gent.be www.gentcongres.be

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