Medieval city with a contemporary heart

With its perfect blend of the old and the new, Ghent is breath-taking, full of light and life. An undiscovered gem, small enough to be cosy, but large enough to stay vibrant. Historical without being provincial, and lively without being boisterous, Ghent has a reputation for doing things its own way.

The city has a modern, bustling commercial centre and is the cultural capital of East Flanders. The local university is among the 100 best in the world. So your delegates are sure to meet a lot of experts to exchange ideas during your conference.

Ghent offers your association or PCO unique historic venues for an inspirational conference. This compact city prides itself on its sustainable approach to living: most of the venues and accommodations are situated within the largest pedestrian-friendly historic city centre of Belgium.

Learn more about Ghent as a location for your conference? Watch the video or contact Gent Congres with the form below.

Who are your guides in this video?

Prof Dr Andreas Niehaus is professor of Japanology at the University of Ghent. He is originally from Koblenz, but lost his heart to Ghent. He lives near the Prinsenhof, the birthplace of Emperor Charles V.

Ioannis Pallas is Association Manager at ESAE. He was pleasantly surprised by Ghent's versatility as a conference city. Or as he puts it in the video: "Ghent is vree wijs" ("very nice" in Ghent dialect).

Clara Calis is a MICE consultant at Gent Congres. Her favourite place in Ghent is Portus Ganda, the city's yacht harbour. She recommends your delegates to taste waterzooi, the local speciality.

Map Flanders Train distances Ghent

Ghent is just 50 minutes by train from Brussels Airport, an airport accessible for delegates from all over the world.

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Ghent welcomes conferences in these domains

  • Arts & Heritage
  • Care & Health
  • Circular Economy
  • Cycling
  • Flanders Naturally
  • Food, Gastronomy & Beer
  • Industry 4.0
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Smart & Sustainable Living
  • Smart Energy
  • Smart Mobility