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“Easily accessible on the European mainland, Belgium is ideally located for inbound tourism from its major European source markets and although geographically small, it has a wealth of cultural attractions.   Its famous ‘art cities’ present the visitor with an extraordinary mix of art, architecture and culture, in particular Brussels, Bruges and Antwerp, and the country’s WWI tourism sites are proving an important draw for tourists.   The country has suffered in recent months from the terrorist attacks in Brussels but its established tourism product looks set to recover in the short to medium term as the city remains Europe’s ‘capital city’ and an important global business tourism destination.”

- Jessica Kelly, Senior Tourism Analyst

This report looks at the following areas:

  • What is the current state of Belgium's economy and how important is tourism?
  • Who visits Belgium, why and which regions do they visit?
  • How is the tourism sector supported by the transport and accommodation sectors?
  • How and when will Belgium's tourism product recover from the security issues that have arisen in recent months?

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  1. Belgium: Key Facts

    • Introduction

      • Data Sources

        • Background

          • History
            • Geography
            • Attractions

                • Figure 1: Division of overnight stays in the art cities, 2014
            • Tourism and the Economy

                • Figure 2: International tourism expenditure, 2010-14
            • Arrivals

              • International
                • Figure 3: International tourism arrivals, 2010-15
                • Figure 4: International tourism arrivals by top source countries, 2014-15
                • Figure 5: Share of international tourism arrivals to regional destinations, 2010-14
              • Domestic
                • Figure 6: Domestic tourism arrivals, 2010-15
                • Figure 7: Share of domestic tourism arrivals to regional destinations, 2010-14
            • Market Characteristics

              • International
                • Purpose of visit
                  • Figure 8: International tourism arrivals by purpose of visit, 2010-14
                • Seasonality
                  • Length of stay
                    • Figure 9: International tourism arrivals’ average length of stay, 2014-15
                  • Domestic
                    • Purpose of visit
                      • Figure 10: Domestic tourism arrivals by purpose of visit, 2010-14
                    • Seasonality
                      • Length of stay
                        • Figure 11: Domestic tourism arrivals’ average length of stay, 2014-15
                    • Transport

                        • Air
                          • Figure 12: Brussels Airport statistics, 2014-15
                        • Road
                          • Rail
                            • Sea
                            • Accommodation

                                • Figure 13: Tourism accommodation stock in Belgium, 2010-14
                                • Figure 14: Tourism accommodation by destination (Flanders & Brussels), 2013-14
                                • Figure 15: Occupancy rates in hotels, 2010-14
                            • Tourism News

                              • Centenary leads to growth in WWI tourism
                                • Figure 16: Visitors to WWI sites in the Westhoek region, 2013-14
                              • Cruise market falters in 2015
                                • Mons benefits as European City of Culture 2015
                                • What Next?

                                  • Security problems affect tourism sector
                                    • Forecasts in the short to medium term

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