GTNF 2016: Hotel and Venue

GTNF 2016 hotel and event venue:
Hotel Metropole
De Brouckèreplein 31
1000 Brussels, Belgium
+32 2 217 2300

For more details about how to get to the Hotel Metropole Brusssels, please see

www.metropolehotel.com/en/access/location.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We strongly recommend that GTNF participants and delegates purchase insurance offering coverage for health and other risks associated with travel abroad. Tobacco Reporter will not be held liable for any issues stemming from a delegate’s participation in any GTNF event or function.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND AIRPORT SECURITY

To avoid delays and serious inconvenience, please ensure that all electronic devices, including laptops, phones and similar devices, are sufficiently charged to be switched on at airports. Please note:

As of 15 June 2015, e-cigarettes and other battery-powered, portable electronic smoking devices can no longer be checked in as hold luggage but can be carried as hand baggage.
Please also see “Electrical Information” under “Brussels: General Information,” below, for information on use and recharging of electronics during your stay.

VISA/ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

No visas are required for EU nationals or citizens of Australia, Canada or the United States for stays shorter than 90 days. Citizens of other nations should check with their respective consulates.

AIRLINES

All the main European carriers fly into Brussels. From the United States, Delta, United Airlines and US Airways fly to Brussels. Air China, China Airlines and Hainan Airlines are listed for travelers from China.

AIRPORT

The international airport is Brussels Airport (BRU), situated about 7 miles/11 kilometers from the Hotel Metropole. Taxi is the best way to arrive at the hotel.

Transfers to and from the airport are available at extra cost from the concierge office.

TAXIS

Taxis queue outside the main exit from the airport after customs—be sure to take only official taxis in the main queue to pay the official price, around €45 to the hotel. Taxes and tips are officially included in the fare, so beware of requests for extra tips unless you wish to tip for extra service.

CAR RENTAL

The car rental desks are located in the arrivals hall, immediately after the luggage collection area. All the major rental companies are represented.

TRAIN

Airport city express trains run four times an hour from the airport to all three main Brussels stations—Nord/Noord (10 minutes from the hotel); Central/Centraal (500 meters from the hotel); and Midi/Zuid, the high-speed TGV and Eurostar/Thalys terminal, (1 kilometer from the hotel). The cost is between €8 and €10. Ensure that your ticket includes the “Diabolo” supplement, required for all journeys to and from the airport.

Take the elevator to the right of the airport’s arrival hall to reach the terminal. Tickets are available at the counter in the main hall of the train station. You can also order tickets online at www.nmbs.be; these need to be printed out by non-Belgian citizens. If the ticket office is closed, you can use vending machines (although they accept Maestro cards only). You can even buy a ticket on board, but notify the attendant when boarding the train to avoid paying a fine.

METRO:

Brussels has a comprehensive—and potentially complicated—combined bus/tram/metro system that serves all parts of the city. Metro trains run roughly every 15 minutes.

For the Hotel Metropole, the de Brouckere metro stop is just 50 meters from the hotel entrance.

A one-day pass or Brussels Cards are also available, starting at €22 for a 24-hour pass.

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