Brussels Tourism Jobs useful links

Organisations relating to employment and/or Brussels tourism

Actiris: Regional employment office of the Brussels-Capital Region, www.actiris.be.

Attractions et Tourisme: not-for-profit association founded in 1982 by approximately ten managers of tourist attractions in Wallonia and Brussels. Mostly concerned with protecting the interests of tourist attractions as well as promoting them. http://www.attractions-et-tourisme.be/.

BHA (Brussels Hotel Association): Association of hotels located in Brussels, www.brusselshotelassociation.be.

Brussels Enterprises Commerce and Industrywww.beci.be (formerly the Brussels Chamber of Commerce and Union of Enterprises). Official body for promoting the economic sector in the Brussels Region.

Conseil Bruxellois des Musées: founded following the first Brussels Tourism Convention, www.brusselsmuseums.be, brings together almost 100 museums in the Brussels Region.

Euro Catering Language Training (www.eurocatering.org) offers free language classes online, specifically tailored to the HORECA industry. Several languages are available: Dutch, English, German, Spanish, Italian, French, etc.

FBAA: Belgian federation of bus and coach operators, www.fbaa.be. Several possible professions: drivers, technicians, guides, etc.

Fondation Etienne Meurice Stichting: Private foundation set up in memory of Etienne Meurice, the driving force behind the first Brussels Tourism Convention in 1995, www.fondationetiennemeurice.be. At the very beginning, the Foundation awarded Prizes to students for the best end-of-studies project on the subject of Brussels tourism, as well as a Prize for the best initiative within the industry. Since then, the Foundation has evolved into a think tank and aims to be a unifying force, putting forward original proposals intended to further develop tourism in Brussels. Its latest initiative is the Brussels Tourism Jobs website.

Horeca Bruxelles: employers’ federation of hotel, restaurant and café owners and associated professions of the Brussels-Capital Region, www.horecabruxelles.be.

Ministry of the Brussels-Capital Regionwww.bruxelles.irisnet.be (this site provides useful information concerning the Region and Employment in particular).

ISTO (International Social Tourism Organisation)www.bits-int.org. A not-for-profit organisation, ISTO’s mission is to promote access to leisure, holidays and tourism for all.

OPT (Office for the Promotion of Tourism in Wallonia and Brusselswww.opt.be: its mission is to get people to discover Wallonia and Brussels thanks to its partners’ events and “highlights”, which are promoted on its website, in brochures and newsletters, without forgetting the OPT offices abroad: Paris, London, Milan, Tokyo, New York, etc. If a career abroad promoting Brussels interests you, you’ll find more information about the OPT offices abroad by clicking here: http://www.opt.be/contenus/nous_contacter/fr/803.html. We should mention in passing that Etienne Meurice, in whose memory the Foundation of the same name was established, worked here for many years.

UPAV: Professional Union of Travel Agencies. If you’re specifically looking for a job in the travel agency sector, you can contact UPAV, www.upav.be.

Visit Brussels: the body for promoting tourism and conventions in Brussels, www.visitbrussels.be.

Guided Visits in Brussels: for those of you who would like to have a career as a guide.

Here are two links listing the various operators: http://www.voiretdirebruxelles.be and http://www.bruxelles.be/artdet.cfm/4820.

Wallonie-Bruxelles Tourisme (WBT not-for-profit association): see “OPT” above.

This list does not claim to be exhaustive and will be updated regularly. Please contact us if your organisation does not appear above.