Crowne Plaza Brussels

Whether you’re looking for meeting rooms with the convenience of airport access, wanting to meet in Brussels’ business and political district or looking for somewhere where your delegates can enjoy the beauty of this historical city, Crowne Plaza Brussels hotel have something for you. Our range of hotels in Brussels gives you a number of options, no matter what style of meeting you’re organising.

Crowne Plaza Brussels definitive style

Our three hotels in Brussels each has something unique to offer your business function or event. Crowne Plaza Brussels Le Palace is a unique hotel situated in the heart of Brussels. Dating back to 1908, Crowne Plaza Brussels Le Palace is strongly influenced by the Art Nouveau curls of Gustav Klimt, and its newly refurbished rooms add a touch of luxury to any business meeting.

What Crowne Plaza Brussels Le Palace has in history, Crowne Plaza Brussels Europa equals in modern stylishness. The high-rise building of Crowne Plaza Brussels Europa sits in the wide open spaces of the European district, offering easy access to the European Parliament and the European Commission, as well as Metro access right outside the door.

When the convenience of busy delegates is a central concern, Crowne Plaza Brussels Airport makes an excellent choice of venue. Unlike many airport hotels, Crowne Plaza Brussels Airport manages to create a serene oasis for travellers, with rolling lawns allowing some breathing space. The soaring six-storey atrium adds to the sense of calm, and with the Brussels Airport just five minutes away by shuttle, you couldn’t ask for a more convenient spot.

The best in modern meeting facilities

Crowne Plaza Meetings are always meetings with a difference, but our Crowne Plaza Brussels hotels meet the high standards expected of this internationally-focussed city. By meeting in Brussels, the hub for European business and politics, you should expect the best in modern meeting facilities, and this is what you’ll find at Crowne Plaza Brussels hotels.

Our range of meeting rooms can cater for small groups or for large gatherings and conferences. Each of our meeting rooms can be arranged to suit different styles of meeting, with styles including cabaret, classroom, boardroom, banquet and theatre on offer. All Crowne Plaza Brussels hotels have multiple meeting venues to choose from, and you can consult with your dedicated Meetings Director on which room is best suited to your event.

Looking after delegates outside the meeting room

Keeping delegates entertained through multi-day conferences can be difficult, and at Crowne Plaza Brussels we know the importance of an engaging meeting environment. Each of our Crowne Plaza Brussels hotels is close to public transport, providing easy access to everything Brussels has to offer. Not only this, but our in-house restaurants, fitness centres, courtyards and spa facilities provide for your guests’ comfort. Our skilled catering teams can also provide delicious treats throughout your meeting.

If you are thinking of holding a multi-day event, talk to your Meetings Director about including accommodation in your meeting package, and don’t forget to ask about our special menus for catering options.

Factors Determining Independent Immigration to Canada

People are always looking for change for in lifestyle, surroundings, job etc. And in search of this change, we are often attracted towards moving to countries that give us greater opportunities to better our lives, money situation and increase our spending power. Countries like Australia, USA, New Zealand and Canada provide ample opportunities to migrate and own citizenship of that country as well as provide you with opportunities that will give you a better lifestyle.


Canada is such a country that is open to legal immigrants and is a popular destination among those who are looking to migrate to another country from the country that they are born in. Canada is much favourable with its ample land area of 9,900,000 km2 and with a population of almost 96 million residents. The government is stable, the society is democratic and its industrial and agricultural background makes it the seventh advanced nation in the world. This gives a lot of opportunities to individuals who have immigration to Canada on their minds.


The independent Immigrant system is based on the point system, where one can check as well as needs to fulfill the required number of points to legally migrate to the country of Canada.  From 2003 the required points have been reduced from 75 to 67. And if you’re a resident of the UK your points reduce by 67 points.  The reduction of points was done to attract skilled workers to the country. The category of Independent Immigration System is one of the most popular categories that people opt for when wanting to migrate to Canada. The Government of Canada tried to implement the reduction of points in 2002 itself since, its main intention being that there were already 10,000 immigrant cases that were pending. If a person fulfills atleast 67 points they can definitely establish themselves in Canada.


There are certain factors that are point based;


1.  Education has a maximum of 25 points, if a person has obtained a PhD or a Master’s degree or even has 17 years of either a full time or its equivalent and it carries all 25 marks. The least points is 12 and is applicable if one has completed only a one year diploma, apprenticeship or trade certificate in Trade and has a minimum of 12 years or equivalent of it in study.


2.  The second factor is ones ability to fulfill the English and French Language ability and has a maximum score of 24 points if you are fluent in both the languages. One can get 16 points if they know the main official language and 8 points if they know the second language.


3.  The third factor is the working experience and one can gain a maximum of 21 points. The main qualifications are that one needs to have a minimum of 1 year of full time work experience in 10 years as a manager, skilled occupation or any other well known profession.


4.  The Age factor carries 10 points and is applicable if you’re between 21-49.


5.  Arranged employment carries 10 points e.g. if one is offered a job by the HRDC (Human Resources Development Canada).


6.  Adaptability is 10 points, where your accompanying partner e.g. spouse, in-laws etc fulfills certain levels of education, have been educated in Canada, if they have worked, have extended family or arranged employment in the country.

Vip Realty Platinum – 2010 Thanksgiving Brigade

Dallas, Texas VIP Realty Platinum, and Broker Harry Ridge, had a super successful Second Annual Thanksgiving Brigade Charity Event even in the midst of the Great Recession! He and his team of volunteers put together 42 care packages for the unfortunate homeless in Dallas, a 100% increase over last year. On Thanksgiving eve they provided two meals and care packages full of personal items like socks, gloves, nail clippers, flash lights, lotion, toothbrushes, etc. to desperate, homeless people. They understand the challenges many people are facing in the Great Recession and wanted to step up and help where they could.

Several people and corporate sponsors donated money to purchase food and personal care items. They came together to collect these items, prepare the meals and put together the care packages. Soon after they loaded three vehicles will care packages and went into the streets in the Dallas foreclosure areas where the homeless are known to congregate with their final destination being a well known Dallas homeless shelter where they found dozens and dozens of the homeless sleeping on the sidewalks around the shelter, the shelter being full.

Ridge stated Our experience in the streets of Dallas and the homeless shelter will not soon be forgotten. As well as seeing the many abandoned DFW real estate buildings that were boarded up. The sites and feeling we experienced will leave a lasting impression on all of us. He goes on to say I firmly believe they believe that we should give of our time, knowledge, labor and money to those that need it to most. We should step up when many others step back or step out. If the first law or life is giving and it is, we are all need to take care of ourselves we will so we will be able to take care of others. I am one that hopes that VIP Thanksgiving Brigade will continue to grow in leaps and bounds.