The products of 'Le Pain Quotidien' (The Daily Bread in English) are well known in the mean time. The company, founded in Brussels on 26th of October 1990 by Alain Coumont, currently operates more than 220 bakery-restaurant locations worldwide in 17 countries.
Every summer, it presents and creates a wide range of activities in the historical setting of Bruges and its surroundings. These activities include a thematic concert series, grounded in a coherent and through-provoking dramaturgy; the prestigious International Competitions Musica Antiqua for young baroque soloists; a series of Fringe concerts for young and promising ensembles; and a specialist exhibition of historical instruments. MAfestival cares about young artists and provides them with intense guidance by drawing on its wide international network.
By using mobile data from telecom provider Proximus, Bruges was able to analyse precisely the visitors density in 2015.
7.8 million people visited the historic city of Bruges in 2015. 1,27 mlj of them were local people living in the region of the city. 5,27 mlj tourists (living further than 20 km from Bruges) were visiting the city for just one day, while 1,28 mlj were booking an overnight.
2,2 mlj hotel nights in Bruges!
The French pastry chef Frederic Vancamps has started in december Aux Merveilleux in the Geldmunstraat in Bruges. The chain is already existing in many world cities including Paris, London , Brussels and New York. Later by Lille, Knokke and now Bruges. The patisserie is particularly tasty and immediately attracted a lot of local residents of Bruges. They stood in line to buy these delicacies
The Christmas holidays proved a very nice end to a busy tourist year. "Christmas and New Year is traditionally a very busy period in Bruges," said Mayor Renaat Landuyt. "The combination of a large and varied number of year-end events with the enchanting, cozy Christmas atmosphere in our heritage city attracts both the leisure visitor from the region as foreign tourists to stay."