Antwerp 01 October 2019


Antwerp (Antwerpen/Anvers in Dutch/French) is Belgium’s second city, biggest port and capital of cool. It has long been a powerful magnet for everyone from fashion moguls and club queens to art lovers and diamond dealers. In the mid-16th century it was one of Europe’s most important cities and home to baroque superstar painter Pieter Paul Rubens – as many a museum will regularly remind you. Despite many historical travails thereafter, and severe WWII bombing, Antwerp retains an intriguing medieval heart with plenty of café-filled cobbled lanes, a riverside fortress and a truly impressive cathedral. Today, however, Antwerp’s top drawcards are its vibrant fashion and entertainment scene, along with its startling architectural and cultural contrasts.

              

Travel 

Antwerp is located in the center of Belgium and is easily accessible by plane, train, car and bus. The international airport of Brussels (Zaventem) is the most frequently used getaway to Antwerp, but you might also want to consider the low-cost airport of Brussels South or the very nearby airport of Antwerp itself. Antwerp is also very easy to reach by train. International railway lines link Brussels and Antwerp to several other major European cities. Did you know that Antwerp's Central train station was awarded as the most beautiful railway station in the world by New York's Mashable in 2014? Lastly, Eurolines buses also frequent the city center of Antwerp, which might be the cheapest option to get here.


Visas

There is visa-free entry for citizens of most European countries, and many other countries. To find out if you need a visa, there is a useful website at https://dofi.ibz.be/sites/dvzoe/EN/Application-guides/Pages/Travel_for_professional_reasons.aspx. Delegates who need a formal invitation letter in order to obtain a visa to attend the 2019 Antimony Day are advised to contact the i2a Secretariat as soon as possible. Asking for such a letter is not a commitment to attend, but can speed up visa applications.


Climate

The weather in Brussels in autumn is likely to be relatively cool and humid, with an average temperature of 12°C.


Leisure

The following website may be useful to plan a visit of Antwerp: https://www.visitantwerpen.be/en/home  


Accommodation

Special room rates have been arranged at the Lindner WTC Hotel & City Lounge, Lange Kievitstraat 125, 2018 Antwerp, Belgium for the night of the 30st September 2019!

You will find the chic but casual Lindner WTC Hotel & City Lounge Antwerp in the glitzy diamond district, right next to the cathedral-like central station (well worth a visit by the way). It is a charming home away from home and a top business location that leaves nothing to be desired. Centrally located yet absolutely quiet, it offers breathtaking views of the city whether you are relaxing in the lounge or working out in the fitness room. And Antwerp, a lively shopping and culture haven, lies virtually at your feet.
o Economy Twin Class room single occupancy: €154.39

The room rate includes accommodation and breakfast, including city tax (€2,39 pppn).
Reservations can be cancelled without additional charges if cancelled 7 days before arrival. Cancellations within 7 days before arrival will be charged at 100% of the total amount for the individual guest.


Important: To guarantee your reservation at this special rate, reserve your room before the 31st of July 2019. After this date, rooms cannot be guaranteed by the Lindner WTC Hotel. Additional reservations will be subject to availability at the Best Available Rate.Please be aware that the number of rooms is limited. In case of no more availability for the requested room type before the deadline, the next category will be booked automatically. The form to reserve your room will be sent to you upon registration.


PLEASE NOTE:
The i2a Secretariat is not able to make hotel, travel or leisure arrangements for you.
All participants are encouraged to make their own arrangements for health and travel insurance.
i2a cannot be held responsible for any personal injury, loss, damages or accident
to private property or for additional expenses incurred as a result of delays or changes
in air, rail, road or other services, strikes, sickness, weather or other causes. 

(You will be redirected to  https://form.jotformeu.com to fill the register form.)
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