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Belgian Tourism Rebounds To Pre-Attack Levels

By Dave Simpson
Belgian Tourism Rebounds To Pre-Attack Levels

Tourism in Belgium rebounded last year to levels seen before it was hit by militant attacks in 2016, the country's economy ministry has revealed.

Belgium, popular with tourists because of its picturesque medieval city centres and art galleries, was the scene of twin attacks in Brussels in March 2016 in which 32 people were killed.

The number of nights booked in hotels and other forms of holiday accommodation in Belgium, including by locals, increased in 2017 by 5% from 2016 to 38.7 million, also a 1% increase compared to 2015.

In Brussels, hardest hit by the attacks, nights booked increased by 22% in 2017 compared to 2016 but were still 2% below 2015 levels, the ministry said.

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