Posted November 08, 2018 11:23:54Belgium is home to the biggest population of foreigners in Europe, accounting for 10% of its population.
But as the number of European tourists grows, it is increasingly becoming a popular destination for those who do not have access to European travel options.
It is no secret that Belgium is not only home to a growing number of Europeans but also an important destination for the majority of European holidays, with the likes of Paris, Berlin and Amsterdam regularly making the list of the most popular European destinations.
The average age of European visitors is increasing at an average rate of almost 8 years, with a further 6% reporting they have been here for more than 10 years.
However, as the country’s population is growing, it also attracts a larger number of expats who prefer to stay longer in Belgium than their peers in other countries.
The trend is particularly noticeable in the tourism sector, which is expected to grow by 20% over the next five years, as well as the sector’s overall tourism industry, which contributes around 1% of GDP to the economy.
“Belgians are more comfortable and have a much longer life expectancy than their counterparts in other European countries, so it makes sense for them to have more time to visit, said Martine J. de Meeus, Director of Destination Belgium, which oversees European tourism in Belgium.”
This is why it’s important for those of us who work in the field of European tourism to be able to stay in Belgium longer and to provide the service to the tourists that we can,” she added.”
There is a lot of demand for a longer stay in the country, which makes this particularly attractive for expats and those looking to take advantage of the more economical option.
“We have a long list of holidaymakers who are looking to stay more than a year, so stay with us on this one!”
“It’s no secret Belgians are not only the largest group of expatriates in Europe but also the largest in the world, and with the increase in population they have become the world’s most popular destination.”
As a result, there is a growing demand for travel agencies, and the number one choice for the industry is Airbnb.
According to Destination Belgium’s data, Airbnb has a huge number of listings in Belgium, but it only makes up 6% of the business, while a total of 6,000 hotels are registered in the market, and more than 90% of them are owned by companies registered in Belgium or the Netherlands.
“The growth of Airbnb is driven by a combination of increasing demand for holiday accommodation, the growing popularity of the European Union and the arrival of more expatriate travellers,” said De Meeuus.
“It has also attracted a huge proportion of international travellers, and this has resulted in a huge surge in demand for international travel agencies,” she said.
“Since the start of 2017, the number and number of international travelers in Belgium has increased by more than 50%.
This trend is likely to continue, and Airbnb is an ideal platform for these visitors to book accommodation and stay.”
The number of guests that have booked accommodation through Airbnb in Belgium is on the rise, with an average of 10,000 visitors booked each month.
And as demand for accommodation increases, so too does the number who need to be accommodated.
“While it is still relatively new, Airbnb is gaining traction,” said de Mueuus, adding that the number for accommodation booked through the platform in Belgium reached an average number of 9,000 per month in the first half of 2017.
“Many of the hotels we work with have become Airbnb properties, which means they have a great reputation for providing the best accommodation in a very short time.
The number of Airbnb properties has risen by nearly 10% per month over the last five years.”
The majority of expat visitors to Belgium are from Europe, and it is believed that the trend is driven in part by the fact that the country is located in the heart of Europe, with its geographical location and long coastline making it a popular holiday destination.
“From a global perspective, Belgium is a key gateway for people who are travelling around the world to visit their home countries,” said J.P. Oudeij, Head of Destination and Tourism at Destination Belgium.
“In addition, the Belgians, and particularly those from Europe are an attractive destination for expatriating tourists who want to explore and experience other parts of the world.”
“This makes Belgium an attractive choice for expat tourists from all over the world,” said Ms. de Meus.
“They are also the most common expat destination for tourists from the United States, China and Australia.”
“As Europe becomes a much more popular destination, it makes more sense for people from Europe to have longer stays here, which leads to a larger tourism industry,” she concluded.
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