The hotel sector is so worried about the impact of COVID-19 that it is asking the government for financial support.
Tourists don’t seem to be too bothered. It’s above all businesspeople who are cancelling, but that is bad news for Brussels hoteliers that are dependent to the tune of 60% on the business traveller.
Yves Fonck, president of the Brussels hotel federation says the cancellations have already triggered losses of ten million euros: “And that is the tip of the iceberg!”
“Around half of all reservations are only cancelled ten days ahead of the stay.”
This means that at the end of the day the figure for cancellations could be exponentially higher. The sector hopes it can count on government support similar to that afforded following the Brussels terrorist attacks in 2016.