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Brussels is not only the capital of Belgium, but it is also the capital city of the European Union. Due to this political influence, Brussels has become a central focus in economic development, with many global companies now choosing to operate out of the city. Along with a population of around 1.1 million people, Brussels is a central hub for economic, social, and cultural activity for the rest of the country and the continent as a whole – including that of meetings and conferences. In fact, the city hosts over 50,000 registered meetings, congresses, and exhibitions each year, and is conveniently positioned at the heart of Europe.
The city itself is compact, making it easy to explore by foot. A cost-effective public transportation system of metro trains, buses, and trams also makes it easy for meeting guests to reach key destinations, such as the Brussels Exhibition Centre or Brussels Expo. With over one million square feet of flexible exhibition space, this leading event facility and Belgium's largest exhibition center – can accommodate up to 2,000 people, and features an impressive selection of exhibition halls, auditoriums, and meeting rooms.
In addition to the Brussels Exhibition Centre, the city's Square-Brussels Meeting Centre spans several halls, auditoriums, and studio spaces, all located on the Mont des Arts, in the cultural heart of the city. Looking for a unique event venue? Museums, concert halls, sports centers, and even historic castles aren't off limits when it comes to event planning in Brussels.
With its role as administrative center for the European Union and focal point for the country's economy aside, Brussels is also a picturesque and popular tourist destination. Though Brussels is rather compact, it packs a punch when it comes to attractions, perfect for exploring after meetings.
All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.
Featuring a temperate maritime climate, Brussels has its best weather from May to September. From late spring through early fall months are popular with visitors. The winter months see more rainfall than snow. January is noted as the coldest of the winter months with daytime lows of 41°F. The winter weather is prone to early morning frost, washed away by midday sleet and rain. Spring comes to Brussels quite noticeably, with a sudden increase in sunlight and high daytime temperatures of 60°F. Summer temperatures can be anywhere between 72°F and 77°F, with intermittent showers. The annual precipitation in Brussels is 31 inches.
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Brussels Airport (BRU)
Located about 25 minutes from the city center in the region of Zaventem, Brussels Airport is the main source for flights in Belgium and one of the largest airports in Europe, serving over 22 million passengers in 2016. Brussels Airport connects the city to hundreds of worldwide destinations aboard nearly 80 airlines, as well as features an array of shops and restaurants. Brussels Airport is extremely accessible by any means of transportation, featuring direct train and bus service. In fact, even cyclists are welcome thanks to the airport's designated cycle lane and bike-parking zone.
Brussels South Charleroi Airport (CRL)
Though over an hour away from the city center, Brussels South Charleroi Airport remains the second most popular airport serving Brussels. The airport serves 125 flights daily and more than seven million passengers each year. Between check-in and boarding, passengers can take advantage of the airport's many conveniences, including a selection of shops and eateries. Local bus service also runs between the terminal and the Charleroi-South railway station, which offers routes to Brussels.
The Societe des Transports Intercommunaux de Bruxelles (STIB) operates the public transport network in Belgium, which includes metro lines that connect the eastern and western districts of the city, as well as bus and tram connections. Most routes run daily from 6:00 am to midnight. Managed by the STIB, the Brussels Metro is the quickest and most efficient form of public transport in the city. The system consists of four conventional lines and two premetro lines, or underground tramway stations. STIB operates a system of bus routes throughout the Brussels metropolitan area. In addition to regular bus service, STIB runs Noctis, a network of bus lines that run across the Brussels region Friday and Saturday nights.
Rental car desks for Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt, and Thrifty can be found in the arrivals hall at Brussels Airport. Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, and Sixt serve Brussels South Charleroi Airport.
Passengers traveling from Brussels Airport to Brussels should expect to pay approximately 45 EUR in taxi fare, while those traveling from Brussels South Charleroi Airport should expect to pay approximately 150 EUR in taxi fare.
Photo Credit : Brussels International / M. Van Hulst
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