Hospitality and sponsorship at GTNF 2012 is being provided by, among others:

A full range of brand enhancing sponsorship opportunities still exists. Please see the relevant page.

ON LAND OR AT SEA. ANTWERP OFFERS THE PERFECT PLACES TO TALK TOBACCO.

GTNF SELECTED HOTELS
Book now and get the best rates for two of Antwerp's best hotels!

The GTNF team has selected two of Antwerp's finest hotels and negotiated good rates for delegates at both.

The first is the official Tobacco Reporter hotel, the Radisson Blu Astrid. Located in the heart of Antwerp's fashion and diamond districts, this 4-star hotel offers everything you could wish for. Full business support. Good restaurants (and many more nearby). Excellent health club with indoor pool, Turkish bath, spa tub, sauna, solarium, hot stone massages and beauty treatments. 24 hour bar and smoking lounge. And it's noted for its friendly, helpful staff. For special delegate rates go to: http://tinyurl.com/6k3k8mw

Our other selected hotel is the 4 star Hyllit Hotel. Located on the prestigious De Keyserlei shopping avenue, the Hyllit is not only well placed for enjoying what central Antwerp has to offer, it is also a delightful place to stay. Among its amenities: a free health and leisure center with excellent swimming pool, free hotel-wide Wi-Fi, one of the best Italian restaurants in Antwerp (rooftop), lounge, cigar & wine bar. For specal delegate rates, go to: http://tinyurl.com/dxflslu It will ask you for your username. Type in TOBACCO2012 Then the password: ANTWERP2012. Finally the discount code: GTNF2012

FEATURES COMMON TO BOTH HOTELS:


  • Both hotels offer GTNF delegates free valet parking
  • During GTNF both hotels will offer free shuttle buses between the hotels and all event locations
  • Both hotels will offer grab & run coffee for all delegates
  • Room rates at both hotels include breakfast
  • A variety of rooms and rates are available at both hotels

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION AT RADISSON BLU ASTRID HOTEL AVAILABLE FROM JUNE 10TH UNTIL JUNE 16TH


18 Junior Suites. About 45 square meters each. Similar layout and amenities to the Deluxe Suites. Cost per night: €299


14 Apartments. Apartments, varying from 55 to 75 square meters, are all located on a separate floor. Every apartment features separate living and dining areas and kitchenette, complete with Nespresso coffee machine, microwave, refrigerator and dishwasher. Marble bathroom features a bathtub and separate rain shower. Apartment guests can relax in a private lounge area, a quiet oasis to enjoy a drink or hold an intimate meeting. These apartments are ideal for conducting informal business meetings. Cost per night: €399


PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE SUITES & APARTMENTS CANNOT BE BOOKED DIRECTLY WITH THE HOTEL OR THROUGH THE ONLINE BOOKING SYSTEM. THEY MUST BE BOOKED THROUGH EITHER ELISE RASMUSSEN elise@tobaccoreporter.com or RHONDA COMBS rcombs@speccomm.com

ANTWERP AND THE ART OF GOOD LIVING
You probably knew that Antwerp is considered the diamond capital of the world. And you might know that it's Belgium's second largest city. But did you also know that it's the home of the biggest world players in the storage of raw tobacco? An average of 10,000 different lots of tobacco are stored in Antwerp.
So we think it's fitting that the greatest tobacco talk-show in the world should be held in this wonderful port city. A city of contrasts: historical, stylish, overwhelmingly friendly and dedicated to good living and good food.
Uniquely, the Congress part of GTNF 2012 will take place aboard ship, but there will also be visits ashore in Holland and Belgium, with a dazzling choice of superb restaurants, cafes and bars.
A CITY FOR ALL THE SENSES
Enjoy the irresistible Belgian pancakes and waffles at Désiré de Lille
Watch the craftsman at work, count the carats and possible even pick up a sparkling bargain at Diamondland
Browse the fantastic Grote Markt and while you're there have a drink at one of the coolest bars in Antwerp, Ultimatum
Munch an order of the best frites (chips/French fries) at Frituur No. 1 near the Grote Markt
Visit the former residence and studio (built in 1611) of the Flemish master Pieter Paul Rubens
Gaze at the jaw-dropping Stadfeestzaal while exercising your credit card on Antwerp's main shopping street, the Meir
Love boats, yachts, ships and other seafaring stuff? Don't miss a visit to the National Maritime Museum
Sip a foaming Belgian brew from a choice of 600 at the Bierhaus Kulminator voted the best beer bar in the world by RatesBeer.com
Buy a bottle of flavoured jenever (gin) from a selection of over 200 at de Vagant Sliterij
Savor some cigars from A Windels, the oldest cigar shop in Belgium
Treasure the taste of Belgian chocolates, probably the best in the world. Look for Neuhaus or Marcolin
SOME TRAVEL DETAILS

Flights: There are direct flights from all London airports to Amsterdam Schiphol. Flight time is about 1 hour and 15 minutes. There are direct flights from London Heathrow to Brussels International (1 hour and 12 minutes).  There are also flights between London City and Manchester airports and Antwerp airport. Most European main city airports have direct flights to Amsterdam and Brussels. KLM has direct and indirect flights from most US main cities to Amsterdam.  A number of airlines fly to Brussels International from main US city airports. To check on flights from your country, try using http://www.skyscanner.com/ or a similar service.

Transfers from airports to Antwerp: Brussels International airport is 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Antwerp. Typically the shuttle bus takes about 45 minutes. By taxi or car it is a bit less. For train see below. Amsterdam is about 1 hour and 30 minutes by car or taxi and there is a train service (see below).

Train: both hotels are easy get to by train: London to Antwerp by Eurostar direct (2 hours and 8 minutes), and from Brussels and Schiphol airports. From Brussels the travel time is 2 hours and 45 minutes by Thalys train. From Amsterdam it is 1 hour by Thalys train. From Paris it is 2 hours and 25 minutes by Eurostar.  From Aachen it is 45 minutes. The walking time to both selected hotels from Antwerp International train station is 2 minutes.

Car: If you choose to drive from London, The journey (via the Eurotunnel) will take about 3 hours and 30 minutes. From Paris, travel time by road is 4 hours and 30 minutes. From Aachen, it is 40 minutes.