Fast spread of coronavirus in Europe gives a blow to the Belgian tourism

Published on : Thursday, March 5, 2020

The Brussels Hotels Association (BHA) calculated that its members would be having losses of up to €10 million due to cancelled bookings, Le Vif reports.


The figures of BHA were reported on the same day that the first confirmed case of this deadly virus was seen in Antwerp on Saturday that compelled tourists to cancel their stays even before Belgium had any active cases.


“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Rodolphe Van Weyenbergh, Secretary-General of BHA, which represents 90% of hotels in Brussels which employ a combined 12,500 people.


Since the epidemic spread in Italy from last days of February, air travel associations have reported shifts in the behavior of the consumers as well, as a rising number of tourists chose to give up booked holidays over fears of catching the new virus.


On Monday, the International Air Transport Association explained that air carriers reported that almost half of their passengers had been no-shows, with one important airline, seeing bookings drop by 108%.


On Monday Brussels Airlines explained that “because of the rapidly declining demand in air travel within Europe,” it would carry on its fly to Italy at a reduced frequency, but it stopped short of scrapping all flights to the European country the most hard-hit by the virus so far.


“The Belgian airline is forced to extend the measures and reduce its flight offer to [Milan], Venice, Rome, Bologna and Turin,” by 30% until 28 March, the company said in a statement.


(No Like Yet)

Related Posts


Comments are closed.

arrow2Follow TTW
facebook-logo  twitter-logo  LinkedIn_logo  rss_logo 
ttw_blogger_logo  ttw_blogger_logo


  • 01 WTM London 2020
  • 06 ITB Asia 2020
  • 12 ITE Hong Kong 2020
  • 13 IMEX 20
  • 16 FHC 2020
  • 16 G&A 2020
  • 16 ITB asia 2020
  • 16 TAAPE 2020
  • 17 AAA-banner 2020
  • 18 WCTIE 2020
  • 20 GWS-2020
  • 23 emitt 21
  • 30 PATA


    1. Travel forward online

      July 14 @ 9:00 AM - July 28 @ 12:00 PM

      July 17 - July 19

      July 30 - August 2
    4. IT&CM CHINA 2020

      August 3 - August 5
    5. Asia Amusement & Attractions Expo 2020

      August 4 - August 6
Get our toolbar!
Review on