BELGIUM: BICYCLE TOURISM CONTINUES TO GROW IN POPULARITY

  • HOME
  • Weekly Travel News
  • BELGIUM: BICYCLE TOURISM CONTINUES TO GROW IN POPULARITY
  • BELGIUM: BICYCLE TOURISM CONTINUES TO GROW IN POPULARITY Nik Fes - Jan 22, 2023 0 Listen to this article 00:03:47 Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 audio

    In Europe more and more tourists are getting on their bikes for short or long trips, driven by the desire for more sustainable travel. In Belgium, cycle routes and certified accommodation are multiplying in the hope of capturing this new and booming market of bicycle tourism.

    Recognized by their adventurous looks, bicycle tourists travel through the cities and countryside, with panniers and GPS attached to their bikes. They pedal for two or three hours, stop at the local bistro, visit local attractions, and then leave, some in search of overnight accommodation. Experts point out that since the health crisis, there has been an unprecedented increase in their numbers.

    Although statistics are still lacking in Belgium, several studies in neighboring countries confirm the growing popularity of bicycle tourism. In Germany, more than 3.9 million people cycled through the country in 2021 (+500,000 compared to 2020). In the same year, they were 3 million in the Netherlands (+500,000), while the number of cyclists passing through France's cycle routes has continued to rise since 2016, stabilizing in 2021, after a 28% jump between 2019 and 2020.

    Behind this renewed interest in bicycle travel, there are certainly health restrictions in times of pandemic, but also the desire to travel differently. For many, discovering the country and its population, spending active vacations and traveling in a sustainable way are the main motivations.

    In 2022, more Belgians than ever before (+25% in one year) consulted the "eurovelobelgium" web portal, which lists the 17 long-distance cycle routes in Europe (EuroVélo), five of which cross Belgium.

    From the adrenaline-seeking sportsman to the stroller in search of authenticity, the profiles of the cyclo-tourists are varied: families with children, sometimes young, couples in their thirties or sixties powered by electric assistance, solo travelers, groups of friends...

    To attract these new customers, the tourism sector is adapting. While Flanders is multiplying its thematic itineraries, Wallonia is promoting its 1,500 km of Ravel, its network of node points, its nine regional itineraries and the passage of three EuroVélo.

    Not to mention the success of the "Bienvenue Vélo" label, awarded in the south of the country to more than 760 hotels and restaurants, accommodations and tourist attractions offering facilities for cyclists.

    In 2022, the Brussels region has also given a boost to the sector, with the finalization of the signposting of its network of nodes and the route of EuroVélo 5 in the capital. Some thirty "Bike Friendly" lodgings welcome travelers and their bikes.

    Will bicycle tourism, revived during the pandemic, succeed in establishing itself in the long term? "All the indicators show that the trend will continue," says Pauline Bellefontaine of Visit Wallonia. "In view of the investments in the three regions and in most European countries, we can predict an increase in the number of bicycle tourists in the coming years," confirms Charlotte Massagé, of ProVélo.

    While Germany is currently the world's leading destination for bicycle tourism, France is aiming to take its place and the Netherlands is making significant investments to promote bicycle tourism. At the crossroads of these different destinations, Belgium has a window of opportunities.

    Related articles sport EU: BICYCLE SALES OUTNUMBER CAR SALES sport BIKE HUBS IN BRUSSELS TO PROMOTE BICYCLE TOURISM sport Top Five Destinations to Ride Your Bicycle Comments Add Comment
    • {{message}}
      {{#errors}}
    • {{error}}
    • {{/errors}}
    Afghanistan Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia Bosnia & Herzegovina Botswana Brazil Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Chile China Colombia Costa Rica Croatia Cuba Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominican Republic East Timor Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia EU Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Polynesia Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Global Greece Greenland Grenada Guaedloupe Guam Guatemala Guernsey Guyana Honduras Hong Kong Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran Iraq Ireland Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kosovo Kurdistan Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Laos Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macau Macedonia Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Maledives Malta Marshall Islands Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mexico Micronesia Moldova Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nepal Netherlands Netherlands Antilles New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island North Korea Northern Mariana Islands Norway Oman Other Other Other Other Other Other Other Pakistan Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Portugal Puerto Rico Qatar Reunion Romania Russia Rwanda Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Vincent & the Grenadines Samoa (American Samoa) Samoa (Western Samoa) San Marino Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Slovakia Slovenia Somalia South Africa South Korea Spain Sri Lanka St Martin Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syria Taiwan Tanzania Thailand Tibet Togo Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Uganda Ukraine UNESCO United Arab Emirates United Kingdom UNWTO Uruguay USA Uzbekistan Vanuatu Vatican Venezuela Vietnam Virgin Islands (British) Virgin Islands (U.S.) Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe

    DON'T MISS tourism SPANISH TOURISM TO FACE TURBULENCE IN 2023 hospitality HOTELS IN AUSTRIA HOPE FOR FEBRUARY adventure BELGIUM: BICYCLE TOURISM CONTINUES TO GROW IN POPULARITY statistic TUNISIAN TOURISM INDUSTRY EXPECTS A STRONG YEAR LATEST REVIEWS Tourism Review Online Magazine 1 / 2022 Tourism Review Online Magazine 1 / 2021 Tourism Review Online Magazine 1 / 2020

    SEA-MALLS | CURATED | QUALITY | VALUE | CONVENIENCE

    Find High Quality Products, Carefully Curated from the best Malls for your convenience on https://sea-malls.com/.

    Professor Owl carefully selects what’s currently trending; Top Quality, From Crystals to Dresses; If it’s not good enough for Professor Owl, it has no place on https://sea-malls.com/Trusted by Customers across 6 Continents, Professor Owl always says, “Quality and Value are NOT mutually exclusive”.

    With Products Always on Sale, Over 100, 000 Five Star Reviews & Always FREE Shipping Globally, https://sea-malls.com/ delivers high quality, trending products at real value & true convenience.

    Originally posted on: https://www.tourism-review.com/bicycle-tourism-embraced-by-more-travelers-news12896