Association Summer Event 2019

Association Summer Event 2019

Around the City, Around the Clock

On 10th July 2019, our guide will make you discover Brussels as you've never seen it before! Join educational sessions and fun activities, and take time to meet your peers!

  • On the 10th July 2019 we will take you around Brussels and give you a taste of what the city has to offer in terms of hospitality, professional expertise and culture.

    You will have access to educational sessions, fun activities and networking time, and explore different venues in Brussels.

    The day will start at the Maison du Tour (Place De Brouckère) and we will end the tour with an afterwork at the Penta Hotel. (Chaussée de Charleroi).

    You can register for the whole day or for specific presentations/workshops. 

    Book now! Places are limitated!


    The tour will be guided by Itinéraires.

    Since 1986 they have developed their expertise in a very special field: cultural tourism. Their initial ambition is to live art as an « art de vivre », to lead participants by the hand on their trips and tell them a story: the story of a place, its population, its architecture and its culture in the broadest sense. Their team of professionals has always worked on request, adapting and creating tours and tailor-made programs. Responding to the evolution and needs of the market, they have developed two distinct competencies: cultural tourism, special events and incentives; marketing and communication.


    Where will we stop? 

    (If you join us during the tour, you are expected to arrive at the spot a bit early so the sessions can start according to the schedule.)

    Stop 1 : Maison du Tour: Welcome spot for the  event - 11.15am

    Is there a better place than The Maison du Tour to start our Association tour? Do you really know Brussels? Get ready to be tested and win great prices. 

    Address: Place De Brouckère 4

    The maison du Tour is the official Grand Départ (for Tour the France) Information office as well as the third tourist information office of the city center. 


    Stop 2 : MPI Session + Lunch - 12.15pm

    "Food waste in the MICE industry"

    Address: Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, 7 Rue Du Fosse Aux Loups

    Since 1995, MPI Belgium Chapter has been a key part of the meetings and events industry in Europe. Our chapter delivers value and a high level of member satisfaction by connecting members to networking and educational opportunities for their professional success.


    Stop 3 : Chocolat Laurent Gerbaud: Chocolate workshop and presentation - 1.40pm

    You will be lead by Laurent Gerbaud through an initiatory journey and be told a story filled with anecdotes and experiences that will give you an exceptional look inside the chocolaterie capturing its jargon, feeling its atmosphere and experiencing the life of a chocolate maker. You will learn how to recognise the multiple set of tastes displayed within Laurent Gerbaud’s collection and assist to a live creation.

    Address: Rue Ravenstein 2D

    Laurent Gerbaud, a Brussels-based master chocolate-maker, has been combining chocolate, fruit and spices for almost 9 years. It was during an extended stay in China that he discovered the thousand perfumes of Asia and came up with the idea of coating the delicious kumquats (small candied orange) with dark chocolate to make an unexpected delicacy. Back in Belgium, he continues to conjure up combinations of tastes as his mood takes him. The ingredients that go into each of his creations are all selected from the best of their kind, and each delicious morsel created is a work of art in its own right.


    Stop 4 : Osborne Clarke  Session - 2.50pm

    "Don't get lost in a legal labyrinth: identifying key landmarks for associations in the new Belgian Code on Companies and Associations (BCCA)"

    This session features Ruth Wirtz, an expert in Belgian NPO law from Osborne Clarke, offering you an overview of the main changes established by the BCCA having entered into force on 1st May 2019. This session will kick off with a playful test of your knowledge to identify if you are up to speed with the changes in the new legislation.  You will also have the opportunity to engage in an interactive discussion and Ruth will be available to answer your questions.

    Address: Marnixlaan 23 avenue Marnix 1000 Brussels

    Osborne Clarke: As an international legal practice with over 600 lawyers, our advice is focused on practical insights and realizable results. We know that not-for-profit organizations and charities face the same challenges as other businesses.

    Our Brussels team offers full service on both domestic and cross-border matters, with expertise across a broad range of legal disciplines. We assist trade and lobbying associations, charities, hospitals, foundations and other not-for-profit organizations active across sectors, especially focusing on the research and health care sector. We handle a wide spectrum of corporate matters for local and international clients including restructurings and reorganizations within the not-for-profit sector.


    Stop 5 Coffe Break + ESAE Session - 3.50pm

    "Future activities and their impact on the Association Community in Brussels”

    How ESAE can practically help Association Executives to further advance their professional development and how it tries to ameliorate the Association Community in Brussels as a whole. The growing importance of the Association management profession and the challenges it faces.

    Address: Citadines Hotel. Avenue de la Toison d'Or 61-63

    The European Society of Association Executives represents and supports association managers in Europe. Members have the opportunity to learn and exchange ideas and insights with their peers in Europe and worldwide, with access to publications, events, seminars and other educational resources to maximise their effectiveness.

    Citadines Toison d'or Brussels is located near the Jardin d'Egmont and the Avenue Louise which is lined with world-class shops. You will love Brussels for its numerous museums (Brueghel Museum as well as the Ancient and Modern Art, just to name 2) and its splendid architecture. This native land of Tintin also boasts of a wide range of gastronomic delights. Located south of the capital, just two steps away from the Justice Court.


    Stop 6 : Pentahotel: AfterTour - 4.40pm

    The Penta Hotel will be our last stop. Stay for a drink and mingle with your peers! 

    Open Bar until 6.40pm - Join whenever you want!

    Address: Chaussée de Charleroi 38-40, 1060 Brussels

    Pentahotel Brussels City Centre is central, convenient and designed with one thing in mind: doing all we can to make your stay with us as enjoyable and relaxing as possible. With excellent transport connections, it's an ideal location for business meetings. Our meeting and event rooms have 295 m2 floor space and offer flexible seating arrangements. It's fully kitted out with the latest technology for a note-perftect event, and has free wifi internet access (as do our lobby, restaurant and all guest rooms). At Pentahotel Brussels City Centre, the uniquely styled surroundings and friendliness of the staff immediately ensure a successful meeting and relaxed participants. And when you're not in conference mode, our 202 comfy and penta-styled guest rooms are fitted out an axcellent entertainment options - you'll feel right at home immediately. Young-spirited, naturally outgoing and eager for new experiences, we seek ways to make your stay with us convenient, relaxing and sociable. We operate as a close knit team fulfilling your needs. We are your neighbourhood lifestyle hotel!