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Belgium Gives Its Residents Free Train Tickets to Promote ‘Staycations’ and Boost Domestic Tourism

Belgium Gives Its Residents Free Train Tickets to Promote ‘Staycations’ and Boost Domestic Tourism

As restrictions start to lift from the COVID-19 lockdown in Belgium, the government wants to restart the economy and boost domestic tourism. In doing so, it is promoting “staycations” by awarding its residents with 10 free train tickets to anywhere in the country and of any length on Belgium’s railways.

The free train tickets are a part of a package of measures to stimulate Belgium’s economy, which reportedly include a sales tax cut in the hospitality sector, higher welfare payments, and a plan to give workers tax-deductible vouchers worth €300 to spend in restaurants and cultural venues.



Residents’ free tickets will be valid between July 1st to December 31st, 2020, with the goal to encourage weekend trips where spending will aid the suffering tourist sector. This move to stimulate economic activity has been controversial, however. Belgium’s public railway company, SNCB claims that it was not consulted on the decision.

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