Heard in Europe

Brussels hotels are set for a boost in business after the European Parliament suspended a swathe of events for security reasons.

Events for external visitors held in the Parliament by individual MEPs are banned as of this week.

Only receptions and other meetings hosted by the conference of presidents, the bureau, the quaestors, the committees, the delegations and the political groups are allowed until the terror threat level is dropped.

Even those events will have restrictions following the terror attacks in Paris. No more than 100 visitors will be allowed.

While the move will hit the Parliament’s catering corps, it also robs Brussels of one of its most popular venues for lobbyists and trade associations.

And that’s great news for Brussels hotel managers, who will probably be picking up the slack.


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