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The European environment – state and outlook 2010

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Country introduction (SOER 2010)

Tourism in Belgium

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Tourism is one of Belgium’s smaller industries but its accessibility makes it a popular tourist destination

Tourism

Tourism is one of Belgium’s smaller industries; however the country’s easy accessibility from elsewhere in Europe makes it a popular tourist destination. The main centres of the Belgian tourist industry are the coastal region and the Ardennes. The coastline has several resorts and numerous beaches. Most are designed for family-oriented vacations and draw tourists from France, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands. Situated in the southeast of Belgium, the Ardennes is one of the few unspoiled natural areas in western Europe. The area attracts campers and day trippers. It is known for hiking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and mountaineering in the spring and summer months. In the winter, tourists engage in both downhill and cross-country skiing.