WHAT TO KNOW WHEN YOU GO
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Brussels
Rue du Fossé aux Loups 47
1000 Brussel, Bruxelles, Belgium
+32 2 219 28 28
How to Get There
Please note that international travelers may be required to obtain a Visa.
Visit http://www.diplomatie.be/en/travel/visa/default.asp for more information.
The Brussels Airport (BRU) is located about 12 km (7.5 miles) from the host hotel and should take approximately 25 minutes by train, which is the hotel’s recommended mode of transportation from the airport. Trains depart every 15 minutes and take only 20 minutes to reach Central station (Gare Centrale). From there, the hotel is only a few hundred meters away and can be reached easily by walking. The approximate fare of a one-way train ticket is 3,00 €.
Taxis with a taximeter are permanently available in front of the arrivals hall. The fare from the airport to host hotel is normally around 35,00 €. Licensed taxis can be recognized by the blue and yellow emblem. Travelers are advised to avoid unlicensed taxis. The taxi ride will take approximately 20-30 minutes.
The Registration Desk is located in the foyer outside the Royal Room on the first floor. Registration will open at 07:00 on Thursday, 5 November. When you arrive at the conference, please be sure to stop by the Registration Desk to check in and pick up your meeting information.
Business attire is encouraged for all meetings and events at the ITechLaw 2009 European Conference. At the Gala Reception and Dinner, for which tickets must be purchased separately during the registration process, black tie attire is strongly encouraged.
Dr. Ursula Widmer, President of ITechLaw, invites all attendees to the Welcome Reception. The Welcome Reception will take place at Brussels’ most important court building, the Palais de Justice- Brussels, on Wednesday, 4 November from 19:00-20:30. The Palais de Justice is approximately 1.6 km and a 20 minute walk from the hotel or a short taxi ride.
Your registration includes daily breakfast and lunch, and admittance to the Welcome Reception and Closing Reception. The black-tie Gala Reception and Dinner is not included, and tickets must be purchased separately for that event.
Conference materials are uploaded as they are received to www.itechlaw.org/events.htm. To access this site, enter your last name as your user name, and your ITechLaw member password as your password. If you are not currently a member of ITechLaw, your password is brussels09. All final conference materials will be uploaded by 10 November 2009.
The pre-conference attendee list is available at this time. Please click here for a downloadable version. A hard copy will be included in the delegate kits on-site. The full conference attendee list, including all conference attendees, will be distributed following the conference.
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Check-In and Check-Out Times
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel check-in time is 15:00 and check-out time is 12:00.
Complimentary wireless Internet access will be available in ITechLaw's Internet café, located in the ‘t Serclaes meeting room.
Arrangements can be made for luggage storage after 12:00, please store your luggage with the hotel bell staff. ITechLaw is unable to store luggage for you.
Mobile Phone Service and Use
The easiest and least expensive way to use your mobile phone in the Brussels is by purchasing a prepaid SIM Card. Your international mobile phone must be SIM-unlocked and GSM 900 compatible. Please silence your mobile phones during the sessions.
Tipping Policy (Recommendation from TripAdvisor):
Tipping is not common in Belgium. Restaurant, taxi and hairdresser bills include the service charge. Service staff in Belgium are well-paid and do not rely on tips to make up their income. However, if you are very happy with the service you got, leaving a few Euros (or to round up your bill) as a tip is the way forward, but think of 10% as the maximum to leave (i.e. when you receive exceptional service).
Belgium uses the standard 220 Voltage. The Belgian power plug is the western European type, with two round pin-holes. Plugs from the UK, North and South America, and Asia will not work in Belgium. Plug adaptors are not easy to find in Belgium or elsewhere in Europe, so you may want to purchase them before coming to Belgium.
The weather during the Annual Conference will be approximately 51° F/10° C during the day and 40° F/4° C in the evenings. Remember to bring your umbrella as Brussels in known for light rain this time of year.
Special Assistance and Dietary Restrictions
Should you require special assistance or if you have any dietary restrictions or needs please contact Margot Rodger immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ITechLaw may take photos during the conference, which may be posted on its Web site or used in future marketing materials. If you have any objection to being included in any photos, please contact Margot Rodger at email@example.com.
Conference sessions, including the question and answer periods, will be recorded for future access through podcast. If you have any objections, please contact Margot Rodger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Margot Rodger at email@example.com.