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Flanders to benefit from €20m tourism investment

Flanders to benefit from €20m tourism investment
3 Nov 2011

Some €20m (£17.2m) is set to be invested in a range of improvements in the Flanders region of Belgium in preparation for the centenary of World War I in 2014.

Geert Bourgeois, minister of tourism for Flanders, will announce the plans at the World Travel Market in London on 8 November, providing details of an initiative designed to preserve the area's heritage and promote the idea of 'peace tourism'.

The investment will result in a number of new and enhanced amenities for visitors, including a visitor centre in the Ganzenpoot area of Nieuwpoort.

Other projects include the renovation of the In Flanders Fields Museum, the creation of a new lookout point on the Belfry tower in Ypres and the development of The Legacy of Passchendaele, a site comprising a former battlefield and a memorial museum in Zonnebeke.

Every year, some 350,000 people visit locations in Flanders associated with World War I and more than 40% of these stay overnight in the area.

Travellers can book hotels in Brussels, Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp and other cities in the region.

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