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City Of Diamonds And Chocolate

Wherever in Antwerp you are, it is impossible not to find the architecture attractive. It ranges from medieval buildings like the impressive town hall and square, to the contemporary courthouse, to numerous Art Nouveau gems in between. From stylish buildings to well dressed window displays, Antwerp is a good-looking city.

This isn’t a new accolade either as it was one of the greatest, richest cities in all of Europe in the 1500’s. A century later, the iconic Flemish Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens called Antwerp his home, along with Anthony Van Dyck. In more recent years, canvas has been replaced by cotton and the artists of note are fashion designers. This city is home to world-renowned shopping, the famous Antwerp Six and a bustling diamond trade.

Home to some of the world’s finest chocolatiers, Belgium’s chocolate heritage dates back hundreds of years. The Flanders region in particular is often referred to as the capital of chocolate, especially since two of the globe’s biggest chocolate factories, Callebaut and Puratos, are located here. The port of Antwerp is one of the most important in the world for imports of cacao beans.

Likewise, Antwerp has been the captital of the international diamond trade for almost 500 years, when the first rough stones were imported from India. Today, as much as 84% of the world’s mined diamonds can be found in Antwerp. 

With the first evidence of its existence dating back to the 12th century, the Port of Antwerp boasts a particularly rich and (colourful) history. Already since the Middle Ages, boats with cargo and passengers could be found on the Scheldt river. Over the last five centuries in particular, Antwerp has developed into a leading world port. 

Today, the Port of Antwerp is the biggest economic engine of Belgium, with as many as 144.183 people contributing to it on a daily basis. Did you know that the port covers an area of 24,000 football pitches and houses 900 companies, of which 10 of the biggest chemical companies in the world?

WHAT

TO EXPECT?

Welcome to Antwerp! Get inspired for a vibrant experience full of fashion, shopping, gastronomy, culture and architecture. Whatever is on your checklist, Antwerp has it all.

WELCOME

COCKTAIL

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WELCOME

COCKTAIL

Our welcome cocktail on the first night of the Apollo Annual Global Conference is the ideal way to break the ice and ease into the packed program of the following days.

ONE2ONE

SESSIONS

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ONE2ONE

SESSIONS

Our one-2-one sessions happen according to a "speed dating" concept, which give you exactly enough time with each partner to seal new business deals.

APOLLO

TOUR

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APOLLO

TOUR

Say Belgium and you think of beer and chocolates. Hence, the Apollo group tour will take you to the Antwerp Chocolate Museum and De Koninck City Brewery.

DRINKS

DINNER

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DRINKS

DINNER

Thanks to our all-inclusive conference formula, all food and drinks are included in the attendance fee. For example, we will take you on an exclusive dinner at De Ark.

NETWORK

PLENARY

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NETWORK

PLENARY

With most of our network members united in one place, we always take the opportunity to update everyone on our latest benefits and network news.

15 – 17  2022

MAY

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The attendance fee is €699 per person and includes all activities listed on the program.

No, registrations will be open exclusively for members. If you are interested to become a member, please apply here.

No, the hotel is not included in the attendance fee and needs to be booked seperately by the participant. More information will be shared after registration.

Our one-2-one meeting scheduler opens on Monday 2 May 2022, which means that registered participants will be able to start booking their meetings as of that day. All the necessary info will be provided well in advance.

Our conference program includes all activities listed on this page.

Registrations for our Annual Global Conference open op Thursday 10 March 2022. More instructions are following soon.

For any other questions about our Annual Global Conference or the Apollo Cargo Alliance, please fill in our online contact form.