1.5 million people from home and abroad visited Winter Wonders between 30 November and 6 January. This is about the same as last year. However, hotels in the capital report that booking in December 2012 were up by 3 to 4% on December 2011. On average, around 65% of available rooms were occupied.
"The "buzz" surrounding the electronic Christmas tree has given Brussels an avant-garde image”, Alderman Close told journalists. Mr Close added that the tree was the subject of 200 articles in the foreign press, 100 domestic press articles and 50 television reports.
The tree was climbed 6,936 times, raising 8,130 euro for the not for profit organisation Samusocial.
However, the tree was not to everyone’s taste and Mr Close promised that this year a traditional Christmas tree will be put up on the Grote Markt.