The VisitBrussels Awards 2015 took place on Thursday evening at the Albert Hall in Etterbeek. It awarded nine Brussels tourist initiatives from 2014. The capital’s tourism communication agency also gave an honorary award to the Brussels Jewish museum, which was the victim of a terrorist attack last May. 4 people were killed. In the “Public initiative” category, the winner was the artist’s path, which took place in Saint-Gilles in May 2014. Nationa(a)l, a temporary exhibition of Belgian talents, won the “New Concept” category. Boeremet won the “Evening Experience” category. The “14-18, this is our story!” exhibition at the Royal Army museum won best exhibition, and the Brussels Jazz marathon won “International Event”. The Brussels Food Truck Festival won best gastronomic concept, while the Belgian Chocolate Village won “New Event Location”.
The Galleries Hotel won “Best Hotel Newcomer”, and TEDxBrussels won “International Congress”.
A final award was added to the list. VisitBrussels gave an Honorary Award to the Brussels Jewish museum for its staff’s courage. They reopened it to the public a few months after the attack.
The winners were chosen by a jury made up of professionals from the Brussels tourist circle. The public selected three finalists per category, out of 74 projects. It rewards projects that have actively helped the region stand out over the last year. According to VisitBrussels, these projects have highly contributed to tourism in the European capital.