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Brussels is seeking to be recognized as a gourmet destination with food teamed with events There are certain foods that are immediately identified with Brussels: sprouts, mussels, fries in paper cones and waffles; however, Brussels is seeking to be recognized as a gourmet destination with food teamed with events that include roasted wild boar and guinea fowl presented in the Town Hall courtyard along with bear trainers and minstrels. Champagne, caviar, and lobster dinners will be served in the art deco rooms of the Villa Empain, while OfashionableO food will be linked to designers who add their imaginative wishes and dreams to their favorite entrees. Importance of Tourism In 2011, Brussels received 3,166,224 million visitors representing approximately 6 million overnight stays, equating to an increase of 7.5 percent since 2010, according to the Directorate-General Statistics and Economic Information of Belgium. In this 12-month period, most visitors were from France (447,943), the United Kingdom (258,245), Spain (207,500), Germany (223,771), and the United States (163,594). Brussels is considered to be the de facto capital of the European Union (EU). The EU has no official capital and has no plans to declare one, but Brussels hosts the official seats of the European Commission, Council of the European Union, and European Council, as well as a seat (actually the second seat but de facto the most important one) of the European Parliament. According to UIA (Union of International Associations) criteria, Brussels is the first congress city in Europe and the second in the world, while ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association) has placed Brussels as the 21st congress city in the world. Some 56 percent of the congresses in the capital are organized by a European institution and approximately 14 percent by international organizations and associations. Annually more than 70,000 meetings and events are organized in Brussels with more than 7 million participants and congress tourism provides 25,000 jobs. Brussels is the sixth most important business city in Europe, after London, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, and Berlin, and 75 percent of business tourism is the result of the presence of the European Institutions in Brussels8. Brussels is located in what is termed the urban center of Europe between Paris, London, Rhine and Ruhr, and Randstad. Using the high-speed train from Brussels, visitors can reach Paris in 85 minutes, and London, Amsterdam, and Cologne in 65 minutes. It will take only three hours to reach Frankfurt, Germany. Jan 11, 2013

Miami Airport Hotels Offer Great Location & Package Deals for Winter 2013 Travel This winter, Miami is calling. Enjoy the warm sun, the sandy beaches, fantastic night life, Floribbean cuisine, inspiring museums and diverse culture of America's Magic City. Choosy travelers expect great accommodations combined with first-rate amenities and superb location, and there's no better spot to explore Miami than from theEMiami Airport MarriottEhotel, located just one mile from the international airport. The Miami Airport Marriott, as well as the Residence Inn Miami Airport and the Courtyard Miami Airport, are offering greatEhotel specials, Miami-style. These three unique properties are located on one campus close to the airport and less than 10 miles from downtown Miami by car or via the new Orange Line Metrorail. Guests taking advantage of the hotels' "Miami Park Here, Fly There" package enjoy accommodations and parking convenience. The package includes overnight accommodations, complimentary parking for up to 8 days and seven nights, and complimentary airport shuttle. Rates start at $179 and the offer is valid through April 30, 2013. Learn more or book accommodations by visiting the hotel websiteEhere. The Residence Inn Miami Airport hotel and Courtyard Miami Airport hotel are also offering a Park Here, Fly There package. There, it also includes overnight accommodations, high-speed Internet, complimentary parking, and complimentary shuttle. The Residence Inn also includes breakfast. Rates start at $189 and the offer is also valid through April 30, 2013. Among hotels near Miami Airport, the Miami Airport Marriott hotel features renovated guest rooms, luxurious bedding and convenient plug-in technology. Enjoy ample room to work with high-speed wired or wireless Internet and additional connectivity. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to and from the Miami International Airport. Cane Fire Grille, aEMiami airport restaurant, features a contemporary and casual eatery and lounge, perfect for meeting clients, friends or colleagues after a long day of work. Relax and unwind at our outdoor pool. Work out in the new fitness center and enjoy a Starbucks tea, coffee, or snack after a day at the beach or sightseeing. When making an online reservation for Park Here Fly There package at Miami Airport Marriott, Residence Inn Miami Airport, and Courtyard Miami Airport, please be sure that promotional code PKF appears in the Corporate/Promotional code box, or call 1-800-834-7015 in the US and ask for promotional code PKF. Please see hotels' websites for terms and conditions. Jan 11, 2013

Hotels Near Port of Mobile Host Collegiate Footballers for Senior Bowl Alabama is known for its top college football teams and dedicated fans, so it's no surprise that it also hosts the annual Senior Bowl. On January 26, 2013, the nation's top senior collegiate football players will gather inEMobile, Alabama near the conference centerEto show off their talent to NFL scouts and cheering fans. Taking place at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, near The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa, the game puts two teams, the North and the South, up against each other. Rosters feature the nation's best senior college football talent, and teams are coached by staffs from two National Football League teams. Combine the game with one of this hotel'sEMobile, AL vacation packages, and you've got a fun and affordable getaway. For one week, players and more than 800 NFL team representatives call Mobile home, participating in a number of events before the big game. ThisEhotel near port of MobileEoffers a location just steps from the week's top events including: FCA Chick-Fil-A Senior Bowl Rally: The largest FCA rally in the country hosts about 3,000 people at the Mobile Convention Center. January 23, 6:30 to 8pm. Press-Register Senior Bowl Experience and Coca-Cola Meet the Players: Join 10,000 college football fans at the Mobile Convention Center for a chance to meet the players and participate in family-friendly games and activities. January 25, 1:30 to 7pm. Meet the Players is from 3 to 6pm. Baumhower's Restaurant Senior Bowl Tailgate Challenge: Tailgaters take part in their own competition, vying for the title of Senior Bowl Tailgater of the Year. Participants are judged on their food, originality and presentation. The winner is recognized on field during the first half of the game and awarded prizes. Fans gather in the parking lot of Ladd-Peebles Stadium prior to the game. January 26, 10am to 2pm. 2013 Senior Bowl: The game kicks off at January 26 at 3pm. Tickets are $10 to $30. For more information on the Senior Bowl, About The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa Everyone from celebrities and sports legends to a president and a king has called The Battle House Renaissance Hotel & Spa their home away from home. Located downtown in the Central Business District, the member of the Historic Hotels of America opened in 1852 and has been lovingly restored, offering its original grandeur alongside modern amenities. Business travelers make this AAA Four Diamond hotel their top choice when in Mobile. Directly across from the Mobile Convention Center, it offers 26,000 square feet ofEMobile, AL meeting space, a driving range, fitness center and Club-level accommodations with access to an exclusive lounge. Each of the 238 guestrooms and 31 spacious suites offers complimentary Internet access, a 42-inch TV, desk, coffee/tea service and plush bedding. Add relaxation to your agenda with an outdoor heated pool and the 10,000 square foot Spa at The Battle House, offering a salon, Quiet Room, fire pit and an array of spa services in its nine treatment rooms. The Trellis Room is Mobile's only AAA Four Diamond restaurant, featuring seasonal menus and local ingredients. At Joe Cain Cafe, dine on handcrafted pizzas, sandwiches and signature cocktails. The trendy Royal Street Tavern features live piano music, light fare and specialty martinis. Nearby find the Carnival Museum, Gulf Coast Exploreum, Museum of Mobile, Mobile's entertainment district and Fort Conde. Jan 11, 2013

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