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Dolce International and Property Owner Banimmo Real Estate
Open the Dolce La Hulpe Brussels
May 11, 2007 - On Friday April 27th 2007 Dolce International saw the official grand opening of their newest and largest conference destination in Europe to date, Dolce La Hulpe Brussels. 

With over 240 VIPS in attendance, The Minister of Economics and Employment of the Belgian Region of Wallonia, Mr. Jean-Claude Marcourt and The Mayor of La Hulpe, Mr. Christophe Dister officially opened Dolce’s latest addition to the Dolce group. 
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Following a champagne reception, guests attended a specially hosted gala dinner with Mr. Andy Dolce, Chairman & Managing Partner of Dolce International and Mr. Didrik van Caloen, CEO of Banimmo – the owners of the property.

Taking inspiration from the “Soignes” forest that surrounds the conference resort and the property’s contemporary look and feel, The Grand Opening’s festivities blended the modern with the natural, with DJs, musicians and dancers entertaining guests in an innovative themed event. 

In the 24 hours leading up to the launch, Dolce La Hulpe Brussels saw over 200 meeting planners walk through its doors to take a tour of the new property. The new conference resort boasts 264 luxury guest rooms and suites and 4000m² of meeting space, incorporating two auditoriums (seating 150 to 500), 25 meeting rooms and breakout rooms and a large 750m multi-purpose room for events and exhibitions. 

Leading from the front, the Hotel, Resort & Conference Destination is the first hotel in Belgium to feature Voice over IP telecommunication. With free high-speed WiFi throughout the property, dedicated conference planners, an in-house AV/IT team, fully air-conditioned meeting rooms which feature ergonomic seating and floor to ceiling windows and teambuilding programmes available - everything is geared towards the perfect meeting and conference environment. 

“We’ve had a brilliant couple of days with extremely positive feedback from buyers. The contemporary design combined with the latest technology makes Dolce La Hulpe Brussels our flagship property.” Says Andy Dolce, Chairman & Managing Partner Dolce International. “The property underlines Dolce’s reputation as the meetings expert offering exceptional quality and innovation; we are really proud of it”. 

Delegates looking to relax during their stay can take advantage of the hotel’s restaurant which caters for up to 320 guests, an additional gastronomic restaurant for up to 54 guests, private dining & banqueting rooms and two bars. The hotel also prides itself on its Wellness Center with indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and fitness centre. Also for relaxation, Dolce La Hulpe Brussels has two tennis courts, a beach volleyball field and fully laid-out jogging and mountain bike trails. Guests looking to take in a little more culture during their stay, can take advantage of the new partnership that Dolce La Hulpe has forged with a touring operatic company, who will put on a performance of one of the classics like Carmen or Aida each weekend in the hotels private auditorium. 

Located in the heart of the “Soignes” forest, the resort is just nine miles from Brussels city centre and the international airport Brussels Zaventem. Guests can reach the Midi Train station, where Eurostar and Thalys connects Brussels to Paris, Amsterdam, Cologne and London, in just 25 minutes. 

About Dolce International
Dolce International is a global hospitality company specializing in the meetings experience. The company has a portfolio of 23 unique properties in the United States, Canada and Europe.  Each property features a different style ranging from a contemporary conference hotel, to an authentic alpine village, to a modern Spanish resort by the sea, to a traditional corporate learning center. All Dolce Destinations meet the high standards of the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC).  While Dolce International specializes in the meetings niche of the hospitality industry, the company also caters to leisure travellers, individual business travellers and offers a variety of venues for events.  Headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey and Paris, France, the company has approximately 3,000 employees. 

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Contact:

Michael Grossman
Senior Director of Global Distribution
Dolce International
T: 201 505 4400 
E: michael.grossman@dolce.com
www.dolce.com

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Also See: Dolce Awarded Management Contract for the Former IBM Training Center in La Hulpe near Brussels; Following Renovation and Expansion the 264 room Property Will Reopen as the Dolce La Hulpe Brussels / September 2005
Dolce Names Cedric Fasbender GM of the Year and Susana Casado Director of Sales and Marketing of the Year / February 2007
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