New records in tourism in FlandersSunday, 15 April 2018 21:39
Last year, Flanders counted a record number of 12.8 million tourist arrivals, an increase of 8% compared to 2016 and 2% compared to 2015, the previous record year. The number of domestic tourists increased by 3% and the number of foreign tourists by 13 %.
The number of overnight stays also increased, reaching 30.7 million (+ 6%). The overnight stays of foreign tourists increased by 11%.
Flanders attracted European tourists throughout the year and especially more Hungarians (+ 37%), Swiss (+ 16%) and Germans (+ 14%). The north of the country is also gaining popularity in more distant lands with 48% more Brazilian tourists in 2017, 34% Russians, 24% Chinese and 21% more Americans.
The occupancy rate of the Flemish hotels was on average 64% last year, 4% more than in 2016, according to the accommodation barometer of the Flemish tourism agency.
"The hardest is behind us," said Ben Weyts. "We remain focused on our strengths: our Flemish masters, our artistic heritage, our food and beverages, and cycling - this is paying off."
The Brussels Times
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