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ISSUE 67 / ConfErEnCE & MEEtIngS World / 29Advertising Featureopposite: View from water front in ghent, lier City Hall in the province of Antwerp, Centraal Station in Antwerp. Above: Brugeson the Korenlei," she adds. "And for Bruges, Oud Sint Jan and the Kempinski Hotel."The Flanders-Brussels Convention Bureau offers "organisers a range of free services such as researching the most suitable venues/locations for your event; helping you obtain quotes in a prompt fashion; co-ordinating site and familiarisation inspections; providing a dedicated Welcome Desk at Brussels Airport to welcome your delegates; providing free promotional material; keeping Interesting facts from Belgium There are more castles per square mile in Belgium than anywhere else in the world Antwerp, the world's fourth largest port, is one of the world's main centres for diamond dealing, cutting and polishing Antwerp Zoo is one of the oldest and largest in Europe, housing over 4,000 animals The Belgian railway network, with a total of 2,534 miles, is the densest in the world Christmas comes early in Belgium; St Nicolas Day, 6 December, is the first day of gift giving Tulips have been around in Belgium, longer than in Holland - the first bulbs arrived in Antwerp in 1562 German Shepherds were the first dogs trained for police work- beginning around 1900 in Ghent, Belgium The twinning link between Nottingham and Ghent was formally established in 1985 The first recorded lottery to involve buying a ticket and distribution of prize money was held in Bruges on 14 February 1466. It was held to raise money for the poor of the town The decimal system for mathematical division was invented by the Belgian mathematician Simon Stevin, who was born in Bruges Belgium produces 172,000 tons of chocolate per year in over 2,130 chocolate shops There are over 400 different types of beer in Belgium, running the gamut from white to raspberry beer. Most beers have their own glass in which only that beer may be served. Some of the most famous are made by Trappist monks Brussels has 138 restaurants per square mile Brussels is classified as Europe's first sustainable city for its environmental policy. you updated with the latest developments and trends in Flanders; and updating you about special offers from our industry partners," adds Mathews. All these services are free of charge and the bureau promises to offer an impartial service when it comes to finding the right venue or activity for an organiser. For more information contact, Sarah Mathews on +44 (0) 207 307 7734; email or visit

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