Interview with Erik Wood from Eventonline


MPI Belgium has started with a range of interviews among their partners and Erik Wood has the privilege to start.

Brief introduction; tell us more about the person Erik behind Eventonline?

Actually, normally I’m the interviewer so for met it’s funny to sit at the other side and being interviewed. Let’s go almost 12 years back in time when Erik started with Eventonline. Before Erik worked in different companies, always in the MICE sector and communication has always been his passion, as many of you might know Erik loves to talk. Before he started Eventonline he was a great believer of digital communication and working for his last employer 13 years ago, he decided to start his own company. He took the challenge, jumped and put all his money and effort to create Eventonline. With succes! Although Erik is persistant it was challenging but now Eventonline is a common name in the MICE market in the Benelux. Besides communication he is passionated about sports and is convinced if you push your limits in the sports, you will succeed better in your professional life.

The origin of the MICE Party, how this initiative became a must attend event. What is your ‘secret’?

January 2014 Erik received a call from Davy Luyten from Eventsfactory and told Erik, the Pureliner is in Antwerp, if you want to use it it’s yours. Erik decided to use this opportunity although it was on very short notice to create a party on the boat for the MICE industry. After he launched the party and started with the communication, he quickly reached 400 subscribers. A huge succes! The year after he celebrated this 10th anniversary and since then the party is getting bigger and bigger. In 2015 he received more than 500 persons on the Oceandiva. Not only in the number of participants but also the range is wider, they are coming from the Netherlands and Luxemburg as well.

This year the party will be in the new headquarters of J&M Catering, which is an unique industrial venue where the focus is to ‘tickle your senses’ in different ways. Of course there will be excellent food, amazing acts and special effects. And what’s new this year as well is around 100 corporate clients will be present as well. Perfect for networking!

This year you will organize your first ‘cycling’ trip, can you tell us more about this sportive event?

Erik is a passionate cycler and started again with an idea which he shared on Facebook; a cyclye trip for 15 persons and within 3 days the trip was sold out. All participants are working in the MICE sector where during the trip will be time for networking and discussions as well, aprt from cycling of course. He wants to inspire others to cycle as well as all his ideas were created during his cycle tours. Cycling is his passion, his best friend, his challenge, outlet and source of inspiration.

Eventonline exists now more than 10 years, where do you want to be in 5 years time?

Erik wants to continue to focus on his niche, the MICE industry, to get more return on investment. The website of venues online will be relaunched and has the unique possibility to visit venues virtual. In september this year the website of MICE Magazine gets a facelift and the one from Eventonline will get a refreshing look and feel.

Besides being an sportive and active entreprenuer, Erik also wants to share his knowledge with the upcoming generation. He gives lectures at the Artevelde Hogeschool and universities and is part of the advisory board of Artevelde Hogeschool. They are the next generation!

Erik has the full support of his partner Olivier Wauters and his entire team.

Thank you Erik and good luck with all your challenges.


Erik Wood,  Managing Director
Eventonline  Provinciesteenweg 535 | 2530 Boechout,
tel : 0032 (0)474 467 291

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Eurotel Lanaken 10th Different birthday

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Eurotel Lanaken is celebrating its 10th Different birthday this month. The hotel is the perfect meeting venue because of the central location between Belgium and the Netherlands. The city centre of Maastricht is a 5-minute drive from Eurotel Lanaken. With its 3 meeting rooms, is Eurotel Lanaken a versatile venue for business meetings. The staff provides all the facilities for a successful business event, whether it be large or small. After or during the meeting you can enjoy a delicious meal of restaurant Bien Soigné. If you organise a meeting of several days, you can stay in our comfortable and spacious rooms.

Take a look on the website to find out in detail what Eurotel Lanaken has to offer you.

Koning Albertlaan 255
3620 Lanaken
T. +32 (0)89 722 822

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A new year, a new start, a new partner


Different hotels is a new partner of MPI Belgium for the upcoming year 2016-2017. During this year MPI Belgium will bring you monthly updates about Different hotels.

Who is our new partner?

Different Hotels is a group of 13 hotels spread over all Belgium but most of the hotels are situated in Limburg: a green, trendy and hip province with a lot of tourist attractions. Different Hotels offers you an outstanding service and comfort with free wifi. Different Hotels has something for everyone.

A new concept : Pop-up hotel Pietersheim

Not a pop-up store but a Pop-up hotel Pietersheim is open for clients this summer from the 3rd of June until the 30th of September. An unique concept in a spectacular location in Lanaken. It’s a self-service hotel with 13 rooms. In Kasteel Pietersheim you’ll find everything for a comfortable stay. Coffee and tea are available in your room and you can always enjoy a refreshing drink on our lovely terrace. If you would like to offer your clients an unique experience, Pietersheim is your place.

Koning Albertlaan 255
3620 Lanaken
T. +32 (0)89 722 822
Curious? More information?
If you would like to have your product in the spotlights, please contact us:

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Curious how furniture contributes to the meetovation concept of GMID Belgium?


During the upcoming Belgian GMID you will experience local inspiration, responsible thinking, active involvement and an effective physical setting. These are the five elements of meetovation. During the preparations of this top notch event we came across Fraai Projecten. We called Merel van Gijzel, accountmanager of Fraai Projecten with the question whether they could assist us in creating a physical setup complimenting the objectives of our meeting, and promoting active involvement of GMID16 participants. Merel replied by inviting me to Fraai’s warehouse in Raamsdonkveer, where we met a few days later.

Merel and I took a cup of coffee and discussed the objectives and programme of #GMID16. Based on the elements that #GMID16 is an event where sustainability, communication, interaction and the stimulation of conversation are central, we agreed that the physical setting for the main session room needs to enhance learning and needs to ensure that delegates can easily move around. For the lunch area, we’re going for an easy-going setup where people feel relaxed and comfortable – ready to have good conversations with their peers.

After this insightful meeting, Merel showed me around the warehouse of Fraai Projecten where I discovered inspiring and creative concepts. Two concepts I really likes: the cosy après ski bars, to the furniture used during last year’s Nuclear Security Summit in the World Forum in the Hague. It was interesting to meet with the different teams in the warehouse who were preparing the furniture for numerous projects: different EU meetings part of the Dutch Presidency, and film premieres sets for Kinepolis Antwerp.

After this dazzling tour I was impressed by the creativite minds at Fraai Projecten, and the stock they have available.  Register for #GMID16 to experience how furniture and an effective physical space can make a difference at your meetings!

More about #GMID16

The MPI Belgium Chapter is holding an event in conjunction with the Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) on April 14. Come to the center of Brussels for a morning workshop to grow your knowledge on sustainable purchasing & zero-waste communication, and an afternoon with talks from thought leaders in the field.

More about Fraai Projecten

Fraai Projecten BV
Ramgatseweg 30
4941 VS Raamsdonksveer
The Netherlands
Telephone:   +31(0)162-69 22 98

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Semindex now only via Eventonline and Venues Online


Earlier this year we reported that ‘Eventonline‘ realized a buyout of Semindex and therefore all Semindex customers would be gradually transferred to ‘Eventonline’ and ‘Venues Online’. In the meanwhile this transfer has been finalized. However, there will be no longer a paper version, as was previously the case with Semindex, because everything can now easily be consulted digitally, on the website of ‘Venues Online’. Currently, there has been an interface on Semindex which sends the visitor to ‘Venues Online. Consequently, from today onwards, Semindex can no longer be consulted.

You can now consult ‘Eventonline’ and ‘Venues Online’ to find the right partner for your MICE activities. MICE venues that are not yet cooperating with ‘Eventonline’ can always contact Erik Wood and Olivier Wauters via 03/899.08.68.

About Eventonline

Eventonline has been the indisputable n° 1 portal site in the event sector for some years now. The portal collects all possible information about the MICE sector in Belgium, including ‘Venues Online’, a platform for the B-2-B sector. ‘Eventonline’ also publishes a free online magazine, MICE Magazine with the latest updates from the MICE sector. ‘Eventonline’ is run by Erik Wood and Olivier Wauters.

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Punta Cana, leading MICE destination in the Caribbean


Punta Cana, Dominican Republic is positioned as a leading MICE destination in the Caribbean. According to the news media “Access.DR”, the Barceló Bávaro Beach Resorts Convention Center alone will already be holding 20 international conferences and conventions this year.

This convention centre hosted the 2015 version of the Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE) which is took place from the 28th until the 30th of April, it is a tourism fair organized by the Association of Hotels and Tourism of the Dominican Republic, with the support of the Ministry of Tourism. It’s the most important event of the tourist business in the country; bringing together tour operators, travel agents, airlines, hotels and tourism professionals from all areas.

Punta Cana has it!

Punta Cana is known all over the world for stunning beaches, upscale hotels, romantic settings, and 10 amazing golf courses, including those designed by Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio and Nick Price. This is a destination for fishing and watersports activities. Ecotourism activities also abound. When deciding where to send your best salespeople of the year, the anticipation of a stay in Punta Cana will have your team members working extra hard to make the incentive trip. The challenge of ziplining in Cap Cana or Anamuya jungle is sure to build camaraderie.

The East Coast beach region has over 40,000 hotel rooms, so there is a size and style for everyone. Furthermore, Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) is the best-connected airport in the Caribbean and Central America, with flights from 26 countries. Now its brand new highway puts tourists less than an hour away from the attractions of La Romana, and two and a half hours from Santo Domingo.

Upcoming Meetings And Conventions Events

  • International Bikini Model Search: 14 / 20 May (Barceló Convention Centre)
  • Central American and Caribbean Parasitological and Tropical Medicine: 12 June (Barceló Convention Centre)
  • Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum: 19 / 20 October (Barceló Convention Centre)
  • XVII Congress of the Latin American Nutrition Society: 8 / 12 November (Barceló Convention Centre)
  • XII Central American and Caribbean Integration and Updated Beekeeping: 24 / 26 June (Barceló Convention Centre)
  • Pan American Valuation Congress: November (Hard Rock Punta Cana)
  • Latin American Congress of Internal Medicine (SOLAMI 2015): 20 / 24 May (Barceló Convention Centre)
  • XXXI Inter-American Accounting Conference: 17 / 20 September (Barceló Convention Centre)
  • XXIV International Congress of Neurology and Neurosurgery: 1 / 4 October (Barceló Convention Centre)
  • The XX Latin American Congress of Strabismus (CLADE): April 29 to 02 May (Barceló Convention Centre)

Top Convention Centers

Barceló & Resorts Convention Center

It is the largest and most modern in the Dominican Republic and one of the biggest in the Caribbean, with 11,500 square meters distributed in 13 halls of different characteristics, which in turn are subdivided into 24 rooms to hold activities for twenty up to five thousand attendants.

Paradisus Palma Real Convention Center.

It opened with 2,335 square meters of multi functional and flexible space; 15 rooms, option of service including personalization and style for any meeting, convention or event. Its halls exhibit high ceilings of up to 29 meters offering a wide range of stand creations and can accommodate up activities to 850 guests.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Convention Centre

Convention centre of 6,038 square meters, with capacity for 5,000 people; with the latest in technology for most complex and demanding productions.

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