Interview with Biba Waltjé, Sales Manager Belgium Bilderberg Kasteel Vaalsbroek

Could you please tell me a bit about the history of the Bilderberg Kasteel Vaalsbroek?

The castle dates back from the 15th century and the owner, at the time, was a German sheet-manufacturer who used the castle as his second house. His name was Mr. Von Clermont and we still have a special meetingroom that is named after him! It was destroyed in the 16th century and after that the Italian architect, Mr. Moretti, designed and built up the castle again together with his friend, Mr. Von Clermont.

What do you like about your job?

My job, as Sales Manager Belgium for the castle, takes me to a lot of different companies who frequently organize their various meetings and events at our beautiful venue. I love to interact with different people from different cultures and backgrounds. Furthermore it is fun to work such a special venue, as everyone is always really impressed with our hotel and it’s facilities.

Does your hotel prepare special promotions for Christmas and New Year?

During Christmas and New Year our hotel is often booked, as our guests love to visit the Christmas Market in Aachen which typically runs from end of November through beginning of January.

So we do not offer special promotions but at this moment we do still have some seats left for our Christmas brunch which is served on December 25th. For reservations, just give me a call!

How is it for you to be an IMA member?

Being an IMA Member has enabled me to mingle with many management assistants and thanks to that I was able to broaden my network extensively in a short time frame. Also the workshops that IMA organizes are often held at different hotels, this way I get to learn from our competitors. Even this Christmas the Dutch IMA members are celebrating their Christmas dinner at one of our Bilderberg hotels!

What kinds of events can your hotel host ( events, seminars, weddings etc)?

We can host any kind of event our customers ask for, we have a salesteam of about eight and each of them specialized. Events such as: Weddings, Car Rallies, Kick-Off or Cycle Meetings but also huge theme-parties up to 800 participants. Our castle belongs to an estate that includes 18 acres of park and a wonderful lake, also we offer 350 free parking spaces. If you wish to discuss details of what we have to offer, please contact me directly on +31 6 22865397.