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Belgians Spending More on Summer Holidays Compared to Pre-COVID

A significant increase in the projected budget for the summer holidays is observed in Belgium, despite the ongoing epidemiological situation.

In addition, local media reports show that citizens of Belgium have allocated more budget for their summer holidays, compared to pre-pandemic levels, reports.

According to figures provided by the travel organization TUI, the average budget per capita for vacations by plane is 1,330 euros: which translates to an overall increase of eight percent compared to the figures for 2019, before the outbreak of the Coruna virus.

One of the reasons people are spending more on vacations is that they are becoming more expensive due to rising inflation.

However, TUI Belgium spokesperson Piet Demeyere said that not all destinations are getting too expensive.

Demiere noted in this regard that “destinations such as Egypt or Tunisia should regain their position in the market after two years of stagnation, and will not do so by raising prices.”

The spread of the Omicron variant affected a large number of countries, which prompted the authorities to impose additional travel restrictions in order to keep the epidemiological situation under control.

The latest map published by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECC) showed that all countries of the European Union and the Schengen area, except for some areas in Poland and Romania, were colored dark red after reporting high rates of COVID-19 infection in the past two weeks.

However, European countries are changing their approach to the virus. Instead of imposing strict entry rules to stop the spread of the virus, they are trying to use the virus as part of everyday life.

“TUI recorded more bookings each day than in January of its peak year 2019,” the statement reveals.

Once again, Spain was considered the most popular flying holiday destination for citizens living in Belgium, accounting for a total of 35 percent of all bookings, followed by the Greek islands with a total of 25 percent.

Authorities in Belgium announced that the country plans to lift the ban on non-essential travel on April 19 as part of efforts to ease travel amid the ongoing pandemic.

The statement revealed that “non-essential travel within the European Union and the Schengen Area from April 19, 2021, thanks to other measures taken in the meantime, should again become possible.”

Recently, the Belgian advisory committee decided to reduce the validity of vaccination certificates, similar to other European countries. According to the committee, the validity of vaccination certificates will be reduced from 270 days to 150 days, starting from March 1, in an attempt to push more people to complete the vaccination process with a booster dose.

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