Policy makers in Flanders

In many places people are travelling to tomorrow. The balance between visitors, residents, entrepreneurs and the value of the place they share, is important to all of us. But what does that mean in terms of policy making? Six Flemish Mayors and Aldermen for Tourism are happy to share their take on the future of tourism.


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Carla Pantens (N-VA) – Alderman for Tourism, Brasschaat
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“The key symbolises access to tomorrow’s tourism success.”

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Bram Van Braeckevelt (Groen) – Alderman for Tourism, Ghent
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“Tourism is an important piece of the puzzle in the development of a city, but never the full picture.”

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Brigitte Vanhoutte (N-VA) – Alderman for Tourism, Ronse
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“The shuttle refers to Ronse’s textile past and thus to its DNA. It helps us learn from yesterday, but also look at and dream of tomorrow.”

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Marino Keulen (Open Vld) – Mayor of Lanaken
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“Lanaken is committed to working with its stakeholders in the field of tourism, with the municipality profiling itself as a base for several days of cycling in the Meuse Valley, the Hoge Kempen National Park and the rest of the region around Lanaken.”

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Mohamed Ridouani (SP.A) – Mayor of Leuven
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“Utopia is a book about the ideal society. It is free, supportive and open. Thomas More published it 500 years ago in Leuven. He was a real humanist who, starting from the lessons of the past, strived for a positive future. These are values that we can certainly incorporate into our tourism policy.”

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Dirk De fauw (CD&V) – Mayor of Bruges
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“Bruges is unique, a rarity like a four-leaf clover. A four-leaf clover is considered to be a bringer of happiness, similar to what tourism has done for the city so far. Our new tourism strategy is figuratively built around the four-leaf clover with the starting point that tourism supports the desired dynamic of the city, which is balanced, connecting, attractive and enterprising. In Bruges we do not opt for ‘more’ but for ‘better’ in the interest of our residents, visitors and entrepreneurs.”

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