Twelve new ambassadors have been named at a gala evening held by the Belgium capital’s tourism board. The visit.brussels Ambassadors Night drew 150 guests for its second edition and honoured the new ambassadors who have been winning major conferences and other events for the city.
The Brussels-Capital region has been ramping up its efforts to attract big international events of late and, in 2016, 906 meetings took place in the capital, making Brussels the world’s number one venue for association conferences (according to the annual report of the International Union of Associations).
Each year, conferences held in the capital account for 2.5m overnight stays. These events bring in annual receipts of €632m euros and employ 18,000 people.
The Brussels Ambassadors Night recognised a range of organisations for their contributions to Brussels’ meetings business, including:
- The 14th EADV (European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology) Spring Symposium 2017 – Professor Dr Jo Lambert (UZ Ghent)
- FCI (Fédération Colombophile Internationale) Olympiad – José Tereso
- 57th ECE (European Commodities Exchange) – Jean Maertens
- IEFSH (Institut d’Etude de la Famille et des Systèmes Humains) Congress – Mony Elkaïm
- SETAC (Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry) Europe Annual Meeting – Bart Bosveld
- 18th Biennal ESE (European Society of Endodontology) congress – Bertrand Lombart
Photo caption: Members of the visit.brussels team