Mini-Europe will reopen on March 29

According to management, 2021 is a year of major challenges to regain profitability after the significant losses of 2020 and to convince Belgians to visit the park.

THEhe Mini-Europe park, located at the foot of the Atomium in Brussels, will again be accessible to the public from Monday March 29, its officials announced on Monday. According to management, 2021 is a year of major challenges to regain profitability after the significant losses of 2020 and to convince Belgians to visit the park.

The coronavirus crisis and the sudden end of international tourism in Brussels have severely affected the park, which has recorded an 84% drop in the number of visitors. Last September, for lack of an agreement to extend the contract with Brussels Expo, Mini-Europe had also announced its intention to close its doors at the end of December and the launch of a collective dismissal procedure for the 80 staff members. (30 full-time equivalents).

In January, Mini-Europe, the promoter Europea and Brussels Expo finally announced an agreement to extend the operation of the park on the Heysel plateau until its integration into the NEO-Europea project.

An “interactive outdoor museum”

The park now wants to attract a wider audience with an “outdoor museum”. Its director Thierry Meeus wants to “convince Belgians to visit a Brussels attraction can be as safe and fun as visiting a park in the Ardennes or on the coast” in this time of health crisis.

From the end of June, the park will offer two new attractions: the Age of Enlightenment, with an animated presentation of great figures of the time, and the Place de l’Etoile in Paris as well as its Arc de Triomphe with a new landscape concept. . New investments and other renovations will be scheduled each year, adds management.

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