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Atomium celebrates best visitor numbers in a decade
The Atomium recorded its best visitor figures in more than a decade last month, with total attendance in 2019 so far up 15% on the previous year.
The monument attracted 84,742 people in August, the best performance since August 2008, when special events were organised to celebrate its 50th anniversary.
Between January and August, 452,001 visitors were counted. If the trend continues, 2019 will be the Atomium's third-best year in recent history, behind the 2008 anniversary celebrations and 2006 - the year when the monument reopened to the public.
"We have slowly resumed our progress since 2017," said Atomium deputy director Julie Almau Gonzalez. "The visitor boom corresponds with a rise in the figures for the capital as a whole - it's been a great year for Brussels."
Two thirds of the Atomium's visitors are not Belgian, with the top nationalities being the French, Germans, Spanish, Italians, Americans and Brits.
"Groups who had been quite scared following the 2016 attacks, such as the Germans and Americans, are starting to grow again," Gonzalez added.