Congress & Fair Support Programme Congress & Fair Support Programme

One more reason to choose Brussels for your international meeting!

When you choose Brussels for your international meeting, you get a lot of advantages on your side.  Brussels is the capital of 500 million Europeans, a convivial, cosmopolitan city at the crossroads of information and influence. It is universally recognised as a place where ideas move forward, where projects become reality and where decisions are made.

Other than its wonderful historical patrimony and culture, Brussels has all the necessary ingredients to create unforgettable meetings: hi-tech meeting places, exhibition halls of all sizes, 20,000 hotel rooms, uncountable places to eat fine food, and super-professional services.

No wonder Brussels is ranked N° 1 European city for international association congresses*!

* Union of International Associations (UIA) report 2017

Together with other local authorities, has defined five key centres of excellence prominent in the Brussels area. With its world-famous universities, concentration of associations and international companies, research & development organisations, high concentration of decision-makers and proactive supporting bodies, Brussels is a pivotal centre of excellence in:

  • Life sciences & bio-pharma
  • Information and communications technology  (ICT)
  • Sustainability and clean technologies
  • Creative industries and media
  • Business services

The city of Brussels aims to maintain this innovative momentum and now offers a full support programme for congresses and fairs that develop the capital’s reputation within these centres of excellence.

What is the Congress & Fair Support Programme ?

Organising an event is a job in itself and demands a lot of time and special management skills. The Meetings & Convention team at has this expertise and can share it with you. We can provide a global service with advice, promotional help, information on venues and hotels and welcome for participants. On top of this, we can give those extra final touches to your event so that it exceeds expectations.

The Support Programme has been created by the Brussels-Capital Region and the City of Brussels and is managed by

The objective is to support actions dedicated to promoting events internationally and locally, to boost the number of delegates, to enhance attendees’ experience during the event and to promote social legacy and green initiatives. 

Who is eligible for extra support?

All professionals wishing to organise an international congress or fair - either one time or recurring in Brussels or who wish to support the candidature of Brussels in a selection process - are eligible. Certain conditions apply:

  • minimum 250 international participants
  • minimum 30% international
  • minimum 3 nationalities
  • minimum 2 days & 1 night stay
  • be a part of our centres for excellence and/or participates positively to the image of the region
  • presentation by a local ambassador or a local international association (an asset)

The evaluation will be carried out by a selection committee composed of:

  • Innoviris
  • Brussels Invest & Export
  • Impulse
  • Febelux

How to apply for support?

Applications meeting the above criteria must be made at least 9 months before the event by contacting directly.

Tel : +32 2 549 50 35

Fax : +32 2 549 50 59


* reserves the right to reject an application.