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Monday, 26 November, 2018, 11 : 45 AM [IST]

Visit Brussels hopeful of sustaining growth from India despite departure of direct Mumbai flight

Despite the termination of the Brussels Airlines’ direct flight to Mumbai from January 7, 2019, Visit Brussels is hopeful that there won’t be any major downfall in tourist numbers from the Indian market. 

According to Anousjka Schmidt, Foreign Markets Manager, Visit Brussels, “Indian travellers are accustomed to and are comfortable with travel to long-haul destinations with via connections. Previously, Jet Airways had closed down its Brussels hub, and we thought this would impact us adversely. However, Indians were the only nationality that continued to travel to Brussels even after the terror attack which was a rough period. We have recorded a growth of over 25% from 2016 to 2017 from India, and are hopeful of continuing the momentum.”

 Schmidt was in Mumbai as part of the Visit Brussels India trade engagement activity after appointing AVIAREPS as its Representative office. He said, “We appointed AVIAREPS as our Representative in India, Brazil, Russia and China since early this year. We have been organising trade networking events on a smaller scale in India since five years now, but we realised that we need a dedicated agency to undertake regular trainings and follow up on queries.” 

 Visit Brussels is currently focusing on tapping the upscale travellers from Indian market travelling to Europe. “Brussels is not a mono-destination. We offer convenient train connections and hassle-free road infrastructure for self-drive. Visitors to Europe spend a day or two in Brussels exploring gastronomy, heritage and the comic strip” added Schmidt.

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