Tourism in OECD Countries 2008

Trends and Policies

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Tourism in OECD Countries 2008 is the first edition of a biennial publication which analyses best practice in OECD and selected non member economies. It surveys a number of initiatives taken by governments and businesses in the tourism field. The report opens with an overview of the key issues and challenges in tourism policy. The second chapter reviews two important aspects of tourism policy in more detail: the impact of global value chains on small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in tourism; and the role of services trade liberalisation in tourism development. The third chapter presents detailed profiles on organisation, budgets, policies, programmes and statistics in tourism for 32 countries.

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Since 2004, tourism is under the responsibility of the different regions (Walloon region, Flemish region and Brussels-Capital Region). There is no tourism policy undertaken at federal level. This country profile presents the current policies developed in the Walloon and Flemish regions. In 2006, the tourism sector accounted for EUR 8 billion in Belgium. During the same period, Belgium received about 7 million international arrivals, of which 52% in the Flanders Region, 32% in the Walloon Region and 16% in the Brussels Region (Table 3.8). In the Walloon Region, tourism represents approximately 4.8% of GDP (2003).

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