The annual report of the Brussels tourism observatory is a publication resulting from the collection and processing of data provided by, among others, the FPS Economy, MKG Hospitality, TourMIS and tourism service providers such as Brussels museums and attractions. It is established according to an efficient methodology recognised by all Brussels tourism stakeholders.
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The Lockdown from November 2015 and the negative communication that followed still had some influence when the attacks from the 22nd of March happened. The whole tourism industry suffered from those terrible events.
Leisure tourism underwent a major impact, causing a significant drop in tourism figures until the end of summer. The situation started to go back to normal from October 2016, notably because of business tourism. The recovery goes on since.
Despite the important impact of the Lockdown that happened after the attacks in Paris, Brussels tourism continued to increase in 2015 and reached 6.78 million overnight stays (+2.7 % vs 2014).
The progress registered in 2013 continued in 2014 , with a 5.4% increase in overnight stays to over 6.6 million by 3.4 million visitors. Length of stay also increased, to 1.93 nights per visitor.
After a stable 2012, tourism in Brussels resumed positive growth in 2013. Night stays were up by 4.7%, reaching nearly 6.3 million for 3.3 million visitors.
The 2012 annual report of the Tourism Observatory in Brussels, drawn up in partnership by and between VISITBRUSSELS, Wallonie-Bruxelles Tourisme and Flanders Tourism.
This document is the result of the gathering and processing of data supplied by, among others, the FPS Economy, the French Community Commission (COCOF), MKG Hospitality, Tourmis and tourism service providers such as museums and attractions; it is drawn up in accordance with an efficient methodology recognised by all the Brussels tourism sectors.
Since 2011, the Brussels Tourism Observatory has been incorporated into the Research & Development department of VISITBRUSSELS in the context of a partnership with Wallonia-Brussels Tourism and Toerisme Vlaanderen.
This service, devoted to statistics on and studies of tourism in Brussels, collects and processes data from, among others, the FPS Economy, the Cocof, MKG Hospitality, TourMIS, and tourist service providers like the various museums and attractions - efficient partnerships and a methodology acknowledged by all the Brussels tourist sectors.
In 2010, tourism in Brussels grew again and hotels have seen increasing occupancies : 6.9% more overnights and an occupancy rate of 69.3% (up 2.3 points). Leisure overnights increased by 7.5% and professional overnights by 6.3%. Overnights in youth hostels grew with 5.5% and in B&B with 3%.
The Meeting industry keeps growing : with an increase of 23% of meetings with more than 300 participants according to UIA (Union of International Associations) ranking, Brussels manages to keep its 1st position in Europe.