MPI Belgium elects new President at #GMID16


During #GMID16, MPI Belgium President Pieter Allaerts passed the torch to Mariska Kesteloo.

The article below was written and first appeared on Mice Magazine.

“The last five years, I have held several positions on the board of MPI, from organizing ‘educationals’ and networking get-togethers up to the presidency. A responsibility I gladly took during the last two years. According to the statutes of MPI the presidency lasts only a two-year term, and mine ends now. Consequently, I will step aside and hand over the president’s seat to new talent,” says Pieter Allaerts.

“For me it’s a challenge to follow in the footsteps of Peter,” said Mariska Kesteloo. “He has done a lot of preparatory work. We can now focus on strategy and entering into partnerships with other organizations that are active in Belgium.”

“As ‘Past President’ I will remain involved with MPI and continue to give my full support and advice so that our rapidly growing organization can continue to prosper,” Pieter Allaerts adds. “This way, no experience is lost. After all, continuity is important.”

Newly elected MPI president Mariska Kesteloo has set herself three goals already. To clearly position MPI on the market in Belgium, to increase the number of members and to grow the number of board members. “The latter, I want to strongly emphasize. During my time on the board, I learned a lot, my network has grown and moreover you sit on top of the new trends. I would like to convey this message to potential board members in order to attract new candidates to achieve even more in the near future.”

On the agenda for the coming year 2016-2017 plenty of activity is already taking shape: working sessions with other partners and the organization of shorter but more qualitative events. Education, of course, remains the main pillar of MPI.


#GMID16 Post-event Documents



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Post-event Summary: Sustainable Purchasing & Communication


On 14 April 2016, MPI Belgium celebrated the first ever Global Meetings Industry Day in the citycenter of Brussels. The day started out with our Meetings Go Green workshop on sustainable purchasing & zero-waste communication. During the afternoon, our focus shifted to the topic of communication on a larger scale.

The information below relates only to the Meetings Go Green workshop held during #GMID16

Event Outline

Prevention is better than cure. Reusable, edible or biodegradable plates and cups, recycled packaging … Our third “Meetings Go Green” workshop explored how to create and implement sustainable purchasing decisions to reduce the negative environmental impact of your events.

The implementation of a greener purchasing programme reduces the burden on the environment, while at the same time benefiting your business by reducing costs. It’s also great CSR, you give attendees “green” products and environmentally conscious businesses.

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Event photos

  • All those who participated in #GMID16 received a personal coupon code to purchase photos. Missed the code? Contact our team to retrieve it.

Interview with Fiona Pelham


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Six months left – full speed ahead!


Dear members,
Dear partners,
Dear supporters of MPI Belgium Chapter,
Please allow me to kick off by wishing you all a very happy and healthy 2016!

Six years went by since I first joined an MPI board meeting. Today we enter the last six months of my Presidency. It seems right when they say ‘time flies when you have fun’.

I remember the first slide of my first meeting as a President saying: ‘Volunteers are not paid –not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless’. A quote I still strongly believe in.

The strength and success of our Chapter lies in the hands of our leaders who work determinedly to make a difference within our industry. And that’s what those people are doing every single day again.

Six months left, no time to look back but rather full speed ahead!
The board would be pleased to welcome you at one of our upcoming events:

07-09/02     European Meeting and Events Conference – EMEC2016, Copenhagen

01/03           Meetings Go Green: Reducing and sorting food waste, Brussels

10/03           Brussels MICE day, Brussels

14/04           Global Meeting Industry Day – Belgium Event
On Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd of January the board of MPI Belgium chapter will get together during our annual board retreat. A time to celebrate our successes but especially a time to prepare the next season (2016-2017). A new season full of education, networking and fun for our valuable members!

A new season means a new team. Young talent in combination with experience – stay tuned!

I am excited, I am MPI.


Pieter Allaerts
MPI Belgium Chapter

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Post-event Summary: Circular Economy (Meetings Go Green)


Our first “Meetings Go Green” workshop briefed participants on the circular economy. We brought best practices to showcase how you can choose eco-designed material while not producing any waste, as well as how to give a second life to your waste while minimizing – or even reducing – costs!

Register for the next workshop (1 March)

This event was hosted by MPI Belgium in cooperation with 21 Solutions and YUZU.

Have a look at photos of the event on our Facebook page.

Summary video



The venue

This workshop was held at Martin’s Brussels EU. The venue is known for its best practices when it comes to ‘being green’, and their commitment to several Environmental Management Systems (EMAS, ISO14001, Eco-dynamic Enterprise label and Green Key).

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Meetings Go Green: Workshop Calendar


MPI Belgium is providing meeting professionals with education on sustainability and waste reduction. Our effort to advocate for reducing the meeting industryb s environmental impact is supported by Bruxelles Environment – Leefmilieu Brussel, in partnership with 21 Solutions and Yuzu Events.

To meet the challenge of sustainability in the meetings industry, MPI organises four workshops to introduce meeting professionals to material and organic waste reduction, smart food management choices, making informed purchasing decisions and revising communication strategies.

Participants can join per workshop, or purchase entry to all four workshops at a preferred rate (50 EUR discount).

Workshop 1: How turn waste into a resource

Workshop 2: Reducing and resorting food waste

Workshop 3: Smart environmental purchasing decisions for events

Workshop 4: Green Guide to Event Communication

Want to know more about Meetings Go Green? Follow MGG on LinkedIn for regular updates, or contact Gemmeke.

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Hosting our first “Healthcare Forum” on September 21 in Brussels


MPI Belgium, the local chapter of Meeting Professionals International, announced it will host its first Healthcare Forum on September 21, 2015, at the Hilton Brussels Grand Place. The event will bring together meeting industry professionals and experts active in the healthcare sectors.




“We are very excited to host the Healthcare Forum as the first event of the 2015-2016 year,” said Mieke Barbé, who took on the role as VP Education in July. “This event will allow meeting professionals to learn about the latest issues and opportunities facing the healthcare sectors. Attendees will have an opportunity to engage and interact with colleagues and experts on hot topics, at a prime location in Brussels opposite Central Station and next to the Grand Place.”

Presentations and discussions will explore healthcare compliance and how to create synergy between planners, agencies and suppliers. “We’re working together with Cyriel Kortleven to maximize interactivity at the Healthcare Forum. Cyriel breathes creativity and innovation, participants will go home with new ideas on how to make meetings more interactive,” explained Mieke Barbé.

The opening keynote by Pat Schaumann (MPI International) ‘Breaking the Code to Healthcare Compliance‘, followed by a quick tour of David Schenberg’s (BusyEvent) ‘My Compliance Wizzard‘ will provide delegates with a fast-track course healthcare compliance. Pat Durocher (Global Cynergies) will attack meeting industry trends and contract negotiations, followed by Geert Behets (UCB) who will shed light on issues medical planners face and the opportunities there are for suppliers.

The Healthcare Forum is also the ideal moment to get introduced to the Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC), which has been awarded to over 200 meeting and event professionals in the first half of 2015. Those registering for the Forum will also enjoy a discount when purchasing the HMCC’s textbook “Breaking the Code to Healthcare Compliance’”.

Visit for speaker information, the event schedule and practical details about the Healthcare Forum.

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BE Conference: Keynotes & Workshops


Develop your customer service and upselling skills; learn how to stand out at work and in your private life. This years’ BE Conference, taking place 24 June at Château Fond’Roy in Brussels, is all about you as an individual, about hospitality and service.

In the morning, guests will hear from hospitality superstars Vincent Vermeulen and Christel Cabanier. Gain knowledge about what companies can learn from butlers, women in leadership and the importance of hospitality in all businesses.

Following the keynote presentations, delegates will experience at first-hand what butler service feels like during lunch. After the seated networking lunch guests can partake in up to 3 workshops throughout the afternoon.

Workshop 1: Etiquette in the 21st Century

Learn how to stand out in your professional and private life. With a little bit of knowledge about modern etiquette and tips & tricks on how to interact with people around you, success will be yours!

  • The importance of etiquette in the 21st century for your personal and professional success;
  • Differences between protocol and etiquette;
  • Learn the differences between the French and English table, and become a pro in how a table should be dressed.

Workshop 2: Using body language to advance your career

Ideal for people wanting to treat themselves to a boost of self-confidence and wishing to discover the secrets of (body) language.

  • Discover the art of upselling and the finesse needed to succeed;
  • Learn how to use body language to your advantage;
  • Find out the 8 steps to self-confidence.

Workshop 3: Get Donald Trump’s Suitcase

Workshop that will surely come in handy for your next business trip abroad – or your upcoming summer holidays! Learn about the techniques and tools needed to packing a suitcase like a butler does. Butlers have been using these for centuries, all techniques are designed to avoid damage, wrinkles, creases, & waste of limited space.


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MPI at IMEX Frankfurt 2015


In 2015, MPI is again playing a major role at IMEX Frankfurt.

Connect with MPI Belgium at IMEX

Our board members will be present throughout IMEX. Meet with (one of) us:

ALLAERTS Pieter President Present 18/05 Contact Pieter by email or on LinkedIn
BARBE Mieke VP Membership Present 20-21/05 Contact Mieke by email or on LinkedIn
DE JONGH Gemmeke Past President Present all week Contact Gemmeke by email or on LinkedIn
KESTELOO Mariska President Elect Present 20-21/05 Contact Mariska by email or on LinkedIn
SEGERS Steve VP Communications Present 20-21/05 Contact Steve by email or on LinkedIn

Visit the MPI booth, #F750

Visit the MPI Booth to network and for education.

Stand education includes sessions on:

  • SMM: Advancing from Event Planner to Manager of Events
  • Meetings Outlook: A Deep Dive Into the Latest Trends
  • Six Trends: The Changing Educational Environment at Events
  • MPI: Your Path to Success
  • Certifications and Designations in the Meeting Industry
  • Change Your Mindset: Salesperson or Strategic Partner?
  • ROI and ROO Measurement Strategies for Meeting Professionals

Networking receptions:

  • TUE, 19 May | 16.00 – 17.00 MPI Happy Hour/Winterlust Reception
  • WED, 20 May | 16.00 – 17.00 MPI Foundation Not-So-Silent Auction Rally
  • WED, 20 May | 17.00 – 18.00 #EMEC16 Taste of Copenhagen Reception (Denmark Stand F270)

Get MPI Education at IMEX

For a full programme and description of the different education sessions organised by MPI, please visit the following links:
Concurrent | Show Floor | MPI Stand

Educational topics include:

  • Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC)
  • Come on, Get ‘Appy: Trends, Best Practices and the Future of Event Apps
  • Meetings Outlook: A Deep Dive Into the Latest Trends
  • Hot Topic: The Five Principles of Meeting Design
  • Certifications and Designations in the Meeting Industry
  • Change Your Mindset: Salesperson or Strategic Partner?
  • and more…

The MPI Foundation Presents: The Not-So-Silent Auction

The MPI Foundation in partnership with IMEX Frankfurt offers an incredible online auction. Bid on fabulous prize packages that range from trips, getaway islands and dream destinations to unique adventures, exclusive tours, concerts and more.

Bidding is easy. To get started, using your mobile or smart device, go to http://ucanbid . Or using your computer, go to The auction opens 20 April and closes at IMEX Frankfurt on Wednesday, 20 May at 17:00 in the MPI booth, #F750.
The MPI Foundation funds education and pan-industry research that drive the success of meeting professionals. To learn more, go to

IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum

The Future Leaders Forum is jointly run by IMEX, MPI (Meeting Professionals International) and MCI. It’s been developed to harness the imagination of the most promising students and encourage them to join the meetings and incentive travel industry. Final year students studying meetings and conventions, tourism or hospitality at university or colleage are invited to attend a Future Leaders Forum.


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MPI Get Together, 4th Edition in May!


Join us at the Courtyard by Marriott Brussels to get together with the industry in a fun way. We welcome you on the 8th of May, from 6pm. The past MPI Get Togethers have shown to be successfull and great conversations and ideas have started to emerge from having our members and engagers in an informal setting.



Want to become the a partner for one of our next Get Togethers? Contact Pieter Allaerts at

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Associations Congress in Lausanne – MPI Belgium Discount


MPI Belgium is happy to announce that members receive a 20% discount by using the code “mpibe” when registering for the International & European Associations Congress in Lausanne, 5-7 May 2015.

Association employee meeting planners can take advantage of the discount of 20% to attend the International & European Associations Congress in Lausanne, 5-7 May, where over 200 association executives from Europe are gathering.

The International & European Associations Congress 2015 is designed specifically for Association Executives who work in International and European membership organisations. There are two dedicated days with 4 streams focusing on issues identified by association employees as most relevant and challenging to them at this time, and a meeting for Association CEOs and Executive Directors the day before.

With a renewed focus on solving issues, this Congress concentrates on delivering detailed insights into methods being adopted to improve and future-proof associations, their membership, events, and other services, on behalf of their members Internationally.

  • A unique opportunity to hear from and spend time with other Association Executives, tapping into a rich resource of relevant expertise
  • Hear from over 30 International association executives all of whom are speaking on methods they have adopted to overcome specific challenges
  • Craft your own programme from a selection of 4 streams developed alongside Associations focusing on the issues you are facing right now, from social media to event strategies
  • Hear expert insights into the role and situation with PCO’s in 2015
  • Themed networking events: grow your community of association contacts for future expertise sharing
  • Attend the 1st ever International Association Awards developed by and for Associations to recognise and reward talent
  • Join a group of Chief Executives to discuss, confidentially, how you can develop and grow your association with a precise approach to development.

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