Tourism: Belgium

TOURISM IN BELGIUM

Ursula von der Leyen

Ursula von der Leyen: new focus on e-fuels and digitalization

Ursula von der Leyen has succeeded herself as President of the European Commission with an ambitious list of political plans and proposals. In her speech, Von der Leyen emphasized the importance of continuity and referred to the climate program of the previous…

bicycle repair column

Multimodality: NMBS offers cyclists new recovery options at stations

NMBS stations are increasingly being designed as intermodal hubs. NMBS is taking an important step in its multimodality strategy by installing bicycle repair columns at various stations. This new addition, which consists of a bicycle pump and various tools, offers…

Dinant

Exploring Dinant: optimal travel through the heart of the Meuse Valley

For those who prefer cycling, Dinant offers several bicycle rental companies. Cycling along the Maas and through the picturesque streets of the city is a unique way to experience the area. Located on the banks of the Meuse, Dinant is a city…

adapted cycling

Bicycle sharing: G-sport Flanders aims for 75.000 cyclists with disabilities by 2026

Flanders has a new platform: Gfietst.be. This initiative by G-sport Flanders offers people with disabilities the opportunity to more easily find and rent adapted shared bicycles. The platform bundles all locations in Flanders where these special bicycles are available…

Transport

Viapass: kilometer charge for trucks will become more expensive

The kilometer tax rates for trucks will be increased on July 1 in Flanders and Brussels. From July 1, several changes will take place in the field of mobility in Belgium, especially regarding the kilometer charge for trucks and car inspection...

Trial campaign: young people embrace the free De Lijn subscription

Trial campaign: young people embrace the free De Lijn subscription

Bye Bye Childhood – Hellooooo independence. De Lijn, the Flemish public transport company, has announced the start of their annual trial campaign, specifically aimed at twelve-year-olds entering secondary education. This campaign, which was created to…

Tram line 15

Green light: tram line 15 brings new life to Brussels neighborhoods

Brussels Mobility, in collaboration with STIB, is applying for an urban development permit for the construction of tram line 15. The Belgian capital is about to include a nice addition to its mobility network with the introduction of the new tram line…

Philip Watteeuw

Velo-city: Ghent kicks off, cycle in the big Bike Parade

International cycling conference Velo-city will come to Ghent in June 2024. Ghent will get into the cycling mood in June 2024 with the exciting Velo festival. This event, organized as a prelude to the prestigious international cycling conference Velo-city, promises a wide range of activities for cycling enthusiasts.…

Shop & Go

Shop & Go: parking sensors provide quick messages in Ghent

With the introduction of this system, Ghent is taking an important step towards a more user-friendly and efficient parking policy, in which technology plays a crucial role in combating misuse of parking facilities. A new…

RyanAir

Charleroi: Airport staff strike canceled at the last minute

The threatened strike at Charleroi airport, which was planned for Thursday, May 2, was averted at the last minute. The airport management and the unions have reached an agreement, as a result of which the planned work stoppage will not take place. This…

Antwerp

Be vigilant: fines for stubborn middle lane drivers are increasing

The fines for driving in the middle vary between 116 and 160 euros. Every year, approximately 2.000 Belgian drivers are caught because they unnecessarily continue to drive in the middle section of the motorway. This is evident from police data that was recently…

Technology: how NMBS uses technology to improve your train journey

Technology: how NMBS uses technology to improve your train journey

The feedback collected through NMBS Lab plays a crucial role in the ongoing development and refinement of the services NMBS offers. The Belgian National Company of Belgian Railways (NMBS) today launched a new feature on its website…

Hype taxi

Hydrogen: French Hype brings hydrogen taxis to Brussels

French zero-emission mobility platform Hype will launch a taxi service in Brussels “in the coming days”. Hype, a French taxi company, will bring its hydrogen-powered taxis to Brussels. This is part of an ambitious expansion of the company in Europe, with…

Funeral transport

Key figure: Founder's son and pioneer Denis Van Hool passed away

The Belgian business landscape loses one of its pioneers with the death of Denis Van Hool, the son of Bernard Van Hool, founder of the well-known bus builder Van Hool. Denis passed away at the age of 91, a loss that is palpable within and…

Van Mossel Automotive Group

Automotive: Van Mossel takes over legendary Garage Mertens

The Van Mossel takeover of Garage Mertens has been completed, the Van Mossel Group reports. Belgium's automotive sector has recently undergone a dramatic change with the completion of a monumental acquisition that is redefining the mobility landscape in the region.…

Van Hool

End of an era: Van Hool's bankruptcy leaves deep wounds

After a 25-year battle for the legacy of founder Bernard Van Hool, nothing remains of that entire legacy. The bankruptcy of Van Hool NV, an established name in the Belgian bus and coach industry, and its umbrella…

The line

De Lijn: new phase with new opportunities and a Hoppin future

The introduction of the second phase of the new network is the largest network adjustment in the history of De Lijn. The ambitious overhaul of the Flemish public transport network, initiated by De Lijn, reached a new milestone with, according to...

Tour of Flanders

Free ride: in the front row at the Tour of Flanders with De Lijn

On Sunday, March 31, experience the highlight of the Flemish cycling spring again from the front row! The Tour of Flanders, one of the most prestigious one-day cycling races in Flanders and part of the UCI WorldTour, is just around the corner. This year…

Strike: aviation in knots as salary dispute escalates at Brussels Airlines

Strike: aviation in knots as salary dispute escalates at Brussels Airlines

The pilots of Brussels Airlines will stop work from March 23 to 27, a step that stems from a long-running conflict with management over salary cuts and workload. This action could potentially evolve into monthly strikes if their demands go unanswered…

Van Hool

Recovery plan for bus builder Van Hool will cost jobs of 1.100 employees

Van Hool, manufacturer of buses, coaches and industrial vehicles, presented the main lines of its 'Van Hool Recovery Plan' to employee representatives during a special works council. The company has expressed its intention to strategically reorient its activities towards market segments where customers…

ANPR

Ghent police will soon be able to use urban ANPR cameras

The Ghent police will soon be able to track down signaled and uninsured vehicles, and arrest drivers with a driving ban. The expansion of the functionality of ANPR cameras in Ghent marks another forward step in the enforcement of the law and…

Brussels Airlines rises above expectations and flies high with record results

Brussels Airlines rises above expectations and flies high with record results

Brussels Airlines has achieved an impressive financial turnaround in 2023, reporting an adjusted EBIT of 53 million euros. This result, an increase of 127 million euros compared to the previous year, marks an important turning point for the Belgian airline…

Time for a change on the Belgian buses and trams of De Lijn

Time for a change on the Belgian buses and trams of De Lijn

There may be many more incidents that did not make it to the media. The discussion surrounding public transport in Belgium is taking a new turn with recent events and comments that put the spotlight on the functioning of De Lijn, the Flemish transport company...

Babboe

Safety concerns are shaking Babboe's market position in Flanders

The sharing platform Baqme, known for its electric cargo bike rental service in urban areas, recently suspended its activities in Ghent and the Netherlands. While the Dutch cargo bike manufacturer Babboe has been under fire in its own country for weeks, customers in Belgium are also…

NMBS

Older people fear the digital train now that counters are closing their doors

NMBS's choice is not surprising because closing counters is part of an international trend. In an era where digitalization seems inevitable, concerns are growing about the accessibility of public services for all sections of the population.…

Uber

Taxi drivers come out on top with a multi-million claim against Uber

According to the Brussels Court of Appeal, Uber drove illegally in Brussels for six years. The dispute started when the Belgian Federation of Taxis (Febet), together with about twenty taxi drivers, filed a lawsuit in 2018 with the intention of banning UberX…

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Flemish government's turn, future of bus builder Van Hool is wavering

A third of the staff is temporarily unemployed and there are too few orders. The bus builder Van Hool in Koningshooikt near Lier is in the eye of the storm, confronted with financial setbacks and a changing landscape within the bus industry.…

Scan trucks are missing the point with unjustified fines in the blue zone

Scan trucks are missing the point with unjustified fines in the blue zone

In the consumer program “WinWin” on Radio2, Xavier Taveirne shed light on a significant problem in Belgian parking policy, namely the unjustified issuance of parking fines by scanning cars in blue zones. The use of scanning vehicles to enforce parking rules in…

Rush for Flemish premiums for electric cars

Rush for Flemish premiums for electric cars

The Flemish Minister of Mobility, Lydia Peeters, has reserved a budget of 20 million euros for this scheme. With almost 3.000 applications, this budget seems sufficient for the time being.


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Flemish farmers in conflict with Dutch colleagues

The small Belgian village of Postel, located in the province of Antwerp, has recently become the scene of a growing dispute between Belgian and Dutch farmers. A conflict has arisen between Belgian and Dutch farmers in the border region near Postel. Cause…

Antwerp is setting course for better mobility with an extensive ferry service

Antwerp is setting course for better mobility with an extensive ferry service

Antwerp is expanding its ferry service with a second ship, because in addition to the fully electric Op Stroom, the sister ship Marnix Van Sint Aldegonde will also sail on this connection. The city of Antwerp has been operating its ferry service between the Left and…

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