Ghent can be easily reached by car, by train or by bus. The Campanile Gent/Gand Hotel is but 5km from the center of the city and 3km from the SNCF train station. The Zaventem airport is less than 60 km away. Being a large city, the public transport system in Ghent is very well-developed and frequent. You can buy single tickets valid for an hour's travel, or a 10-trip pass that can also be used in other Flemish cities. Trams are the quickest and easiest way to travel.
Flemish cuisine is known to combine French delicacy with northern European sturdiness. Try some of the local specialities like mussels (served with Belgian fries) spare ribs or stoverij, a tender meat slow-cooked in beer and served with gravy. A typical Ghent dish is the Gentse waterzooi ("boiled water from Ghent"), which, originally for the poor, is a stew of cheap fish and vegetables. There are many nice restaurants around the 14th-century quarter that surrounds the castle.
The city hosts many events during the year. Some of the big ones are the Gentse Feesten, the city's 10-day music and theatre festival, which takes place on Belgium's national holiday (the Saturday before July 21st), the I Love Techno festival, towards the end of the year, and Flanders Expo, a botanical exhibition that takes place every 5 years.
Every year the ten-day-long Gentse Feesten gathers more than 2 million people!
http://www.visitgent.be/ (official tourist site)
http://www.mskgent.be/en (museum of fine arts)
http://www.gentsefeesten.be/en (Gentse Feesten)