Brussels, offering more to International Associations

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25th Nov, 2016

In order to strengthen its position as the #1 international organisations city in the world, has set up the Association Bureau, a unique resource providing specific services to the ones wishing to develop their activities in Brussels.

This strategic initiative helps international associations meet their business goals by providing valuable support in four keys areas:

  • One-stop shop: the Association Bureau acts as an single point of contact for associations, steering them to the right direction to reach their business goals and connecting them to the right people, able to assist them with any information related to the setting up or the running of an organisation in Brussels (financial or legal issues, human resources, office spaces, meetings facilities, living in Brussels, etc.).
  • Global Association Hubs Partnership (GAHP): with the strategic partnership Brussels has set up with Destination DC, Dubai Association Centre and Singapore, the European capital provides a unique platform assisting international associations in their development strategy. The GAHP aims to drive the growth of international associations by helping them expand their reach and presence globally, on top of supporting them in building their capabilities.
  • Training opportunities: the Association Bureau centralizes all information related to training initiatives and continuous education for associations. It organises the annual peer-to-peer “European Association Summit”. Additionally, is also supporting the Executive Master in International Association Management set up by the Solvay Business School.
  • Networking project: the Association Bureau will create a formal framework for association executives to meet, converse and exchange information. By sharing their experience, expectations and visions with key protagonists, associations will learn and develop. will also support he inaugural European Association Awards, that will be organised on 24th February 2017 in Brussels. The awards will recognise excellence in associations and honour individuals and teams who work to ensure their members’ voices are heard throughout Europe.

More information about the Association Bureau:

The Convention Bureau
The Convention Bureau helps every organizer, whether it is an association, a company or an intermediary agency, by providing information about potential local suppliers. This includes the selection of the venue, an introduction to PCOs and DMCs and other services, before and after the event. And this free of charge.

From your first request for information through to your event’s closing speech, the team will accompany you with professional and proactive help. Our approach is to listen carefully to you, understand your objectives, and then give you the services you need to achieve your goals.

The Convention Bureau services include:

  • Expertise and advice for finding the best location (conference venue, hotel, museum, …) for congress and social programme;
  • Accommodation solutions for congresses with a large number of delegates offered by the Brussels Booking Desk. It can also obtain competitive prices when hotels are booked;
  • Help you to organize your site inspections;
  • Subsidies and pre-financing services for scientific congresses;
  • Working with you, right through the planning and bidding process;
  • Request support from relevant politicians and authorities in Brussels;
  • Promotion of your meeting to increase attendance;
  • Personalised welcome for the participants at the airport, in Brussels railway stations and at the venue.

More information about the Convention Bureau:

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