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Brussels hotel occupancy down post attacks

AAP logoAAP 6/01/2017

The hotel occupancy rate in Brussels fell to a record low in 2016 following the terrorist attacks in the capital on March 22 that left 32 dead, the city's association of hotels said.

On average and in comparison with 2015, the rate fell by 10 per cent in the count from Monday to Sunday.

At weekends, the most popular nights among tourists, the decline was 22 per cent.

Hotel occupancy fell to 61.8 per cent compared to 72.5 per cent in 2015, the lowest level since 2001.

The drop also occurred despite a dip in prices of 1.4 per cent, compared to 2015.

The general secretary of the hotel association, Rodolphe Van Weyenberght, blamed the poor results of 2016 on the curfew brought by the threat of terrorism in that year.

At the same time he stressed that at the end of the year, occupancy would rise to 85 per cent.

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