Category: Incoming tourism

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EU is to reopen external borders using health safety criteria

Viviane Vaz for Id International (Brussels, 30 June 2020) Are you from a non-EU country and you are eager to know if you can travel freely to the European Union this Summer? Or do you want a friend from outside EU to come over to visit you in Europe amid COVID-19 pandemia, without having to be quarantined?  The EU Council has officially confirmed today the list of 15 countries to…

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The future of travel in Europe: restricted now, greener later

Many EU countries temporarily reintroduced border controls due to COVID-19 and will lift them in June  Sustainability, innovation and resilience are key words in the long run Viviane Vaz, for Id International (Brussels, 26 May 2020)   Due to Covid-19 pandemia, most European Union Member States forbid public events, private gatherings, closed (totally or partially) schools and introduced border or travel restrictions. Together with the EU institutions, the EU countries…

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The future of travel: new normal rules, old normal desires

International and Belgian tourism actors share their insights Viviane Vaz for Id International   Governments and tourism companies all over the world are currently working to put travel back on track. New health systems and safety protocols are being designed to face Covid-19 outbreak challenges. We are about to see the rise of a new normal when it comes to travel, while our inner travel desire may continue completely “old…

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Belgium: no big events until August 31 due to Covid-19

Viviane Vaz for Id International (Brussels, 16 Apr 2020.) The Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès announced yesterday, during the meeting of the National Security Council (CNS), that the quarantine measures will be extended until May 3 in order to continue fighting against Covid-19 spread in Belgium. She also announced some new measures, highlighting they are not “a relaxation of the basic instructions". These are the new rules: All mass events…

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Borders closed: Belgians advised not to travel due to coronavirus outbreak

Viviane Vaz for Id International Brussels, 20 March 2020 (Update 27 March 2020) In Belgium, final travel advice is a responsibility from the Foreign Affairs Ministry (FPS Foreign Affairs). At the moment, the Belgian authority says all trips are not recommended. Why? Because most countries around the world are taking measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak, such as applying home (or hotel) confinement of at least 14 days. The measures…

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Bright Brussels puts the Belgian capital in the spotlight

The Light festival takes place this February in Brussels Viviane Vaz for Id International (Brussels, 11 Feb 2020) The city of Brussels is offering its inhabitants and visitors a wonderful bright journey full of light art shows and installations to happen from February 13 to 16, 2020. In total, there are 15 light artworks made by Belgian and international artists, set up to bright Brussels from 7 PM to 11…

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Brussels reaches record of overnight stays thanks to the MICE sector

Visit Brussels reveals numbers of incoming tourism in the Belgian & EU capital Viviane Vaz for Id International   In ten years time, Brussels attracted nearly double the amount of tourists and congress attendants coming to enjoy, work and... sleep in the city. According to a study released by Visit Brussels, the tourism sector in the Belgian capital had a record of 9.4 million overnight stays this year. In 2010,…

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Finding Keith Haring traces in Belgium and the Netherlands

Viviane Vaz for Id International Did you know that, in the late 1980s, Keith Haring painted murals, took part of exhibitions and enjoyed his Summer in Belgium and the Netherlands? Yep, the iconic pop artist travelled several times from New York to leave his traces at this side of the Atlantic ocean. His Low Lands adventure started thanks to an invitation by Antwerp gallerist Emmy Tob, who exhibited Keith's work…

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Tour de France 2019 in Brussels: all you need to know!

This year the cycling race begins in the heart of Europe before heading to France It celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first Tour de France victory of Eddy Merckx in 1969 Viviane Vaz for Id International Did you know the Tour of France is the third most viewed sporting event in the world, broadcast in 190 countries? And this year Brussels will be in the spotlight, since the Belgian…

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Be eco-creative: plastics not welcome in your next Brussels event

The Brussels City Council has published a list of banned plastic items for organised events From July 1st on, event organisers must replace plastic objects to 100% biodegradable materials Viviane Vaz for Id International 26 JUN 2019 Let's go party! But life in plastic... it's not fantastic. Not in 2019. Following the sustainable future trend, the city of Brussels is setting a good ecological example by banning single use plastic…