Site inspection for tour operators in association with Liberation Route Europe

A site inspection took place on 30-31 January in association with Liberation Route Europe, Crossroads Brabant ’40-’45 Foundation and VisitBrabant. A site inspection is a visit in which tour operators are invited to get to know the destinations better and get an impression of the WW2 and leisure opportunities available. In this way we are hoping that we will be included in the holiday portfolio (brochure/websites) of those particular tour operators.

Liberation Route Europe (LRE) invited 9 foreign tour operators to participate in this special site inspection. The tour operators came from Canada, America, Britain and the Netherlands. A large number of LRE partners were involved during this tour and together they organised a varied programme and visited a large number of locations; Bastogne, the Ardennes, Gelderland and also Brabant. In Brabant, visits were made to the War Museum in Overloon, Bergen op Zoom and the Canadian Cemetery in Bergen op Zoom. Both Brabant locations used the opportunity to give a comprehensive presentation. Femke Klein explained the general intentions and developments concerning Brabant Remembers and about the ‘75 Personal Life Changing War Stories’  that will be told in 2019 and 2020. Erik van den Dungen talked specifically about his museum and the innovations that will be implemented there in the near future. The overnight stay was in Hotel De Draak in Bergen op Zoom. During dinner there was a presentation about the ‘Battle of the Schelde’. For many tour operators this was a new subject compared to the more familiar Operation Market Garden that took place between Eindhoven and Arnhem. Afterwards all the travel organisations were very enthusiastic about the programme that had been presented, the opportunities that exist for putting packages together, and the Brabant hospitality.

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