The tourism sector of Brussels lost more than 70% of revenue compared to the summer of 2019, the capital's federation of hotel and restaurant business Horeca Brussels reported.
In the hotel sector, total revenue in January-August decreased by 80% compared to the same period in 2019. The occupancy rate of Brussels hotels in July and August was 25% and 28%, respectively, compared to 79% and 68% in 2019.
The spread of the practice of remote work has led to the fact that entrepreneurs and officials have stopped traveling to the Belgian capital. The Belgians themselves prefer to spend their holidays in the Ardennes or on the North Sea coast.
The influx of tourists was also negatively affected by inclement weather: from May to August, it rained for 78 consecutive days in Brussels.