Ghent with its agglomeration, located in the Flemish region, has more than 455,000 inhabitants. The city offers cultural tourism with its various possibilities to explore the city: the Museum of Modern Arts with works by famous Flemish artists, the belfry, the Church of Saint Nicholas or Saint Bavo’s Cathedrale.
The Opera house of Ghent offers each year a major event that attract more than two million visitors: the annual "Gentse Feesten" festival in July. They enable hotels to sustain occupancy rates during the summer season. Ghent also hosts an annual film festival, a music festival (“OdeGhent”) in September, and a triennial “Light Festival”.
The city’s hotel activity mainly relies on its economy, as Ghent is a powerful industrial centre in Belgium, with its steel industry or its Volvo plant that produces a large amount of vehicles. Besides the industry, the city is also turning towards communications technologies.
There are 1,425 chain rooms in the Ghent urban area as of January 1, 2017
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