Category: Incoming tourism

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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…

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Travel documents to visit Europe

Travel documents for EU nationals As of 1st of January 2018, Belgian law requires airlines to perform a conformity check between the name on your boarding pass and the name on your identity card or passport. All travellers need to be in possession of an identity card or passport when boarding, including children. You will only be accepted to board your flight if the names on your boarding pass and…

Beer weekend

Belgian Beer Weekend offers more than 400 beers to discover

45 Belgian breweries gather tonight to Sunday evening on Brussels Grand-Place as part of the Belgian Beer Weekend Viviane Vaz Brussels, 1 sep 2017 – Making and appreciating beer is part of the living heritage of Belgium. It's not surprising that Unesco declared the Belgian beer as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity last year. It plays a role in daily life, as well as several festive occasions. Almost 1,500 types…

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Record number of tourists visits Flanders in 2017

Russians, Canadians, Spanish, Irish and Americans are the top 5 Viviane Vaz The Flemish Tourism minister, Ben Weyts, has released statistics for the first four months of 2017.  The number of tourists visiting Flanders has already achieved a record high in January, February, March and April compared to the same period last year. The number of overnight stays in Flanders reached 475,300, up 6% compared to 2016. "The sector proves its strength to…

Run! Last chance to see one million tulips in Belgium

Floralia exhibition at Groot-Bijgaarden castle ends this Sunday, May 7th  It's Spring in our Flandres-Brabant region and Groot-Bijgaarden flourishes with our favourite seasonal delight. This town, only 20 minutes from Brussels center, is not only the base for our office but hosts one of the most beautiful castles in Belgium. This season makes the castle of Groot-Bijgaarden even more beautiful. It's time when it hosts the Floralia exhibition, bringing to the historical venue…