7.3 million day trips every year: the province of Flemish Brabant proves to be popular. With a turnover of 181 million euros, day tourists therefore provide an important economic impulse.
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During one year, researchers from various tourist agencies recorded 81 million day trips by Belgians to Flanders and Brussels, of which 7.3 million to Flemish Brabant. Of these, 1.7 million go to the Hageland and 4.1 million to the Green Belt.
The remaining 1.6 million took place in the provincial capital of Leuven. Overall, eight out of ten Belgians come on a day trip from Flanders itself, the other 20 percent from French-speaking Belgium. In Hageland and the Groene Gordel, 42 percent of day trippers come from a neighboring province.
The most popular activities during a day trip are walking (37%), visiting a city or village (21%), visiting a museum, exhibition, attraction or green domain (14%), visiting an event (15%) and cycling (12%).
That also generates the necessary income, because day tourists who come to Flemish Brabant generate a turnover of 181 million euros. In addition to day tourists, there are also local recreationists who undertake activities outside their own municipality, but no further than twenty kilometers away. During one year, the researchers recorded 81 million trips by environmental recreationists to Flanders and Brussels, of which 8.6 million went to Flemish Brabant.
The most popular activities appear to be walking and visiting an event. The local recreationists to Flemish Brabant account for a turnover of 125.6 million euros.