Peak in number of visitors to Atomium
In the first eight months of this year, 433,000 people visited the Atomium in Brussels. That is 16,000 more than in the same period in 2013, and the best results since the reopening of the landmark in 2006 (with the exception of 2008, when more visitors came for the Atomium’s 50th anniversary celebrations), according to brusselnieuws.be.
According to Inge Vaneycken of the Atomium, the success is the result of a long-term effort to attract foreign visitors with economic missions and advertising campaigns abroad and at Brussels Airport. “This summer we also had the tightrope between two of the spheres; that definitely attracted more people,” she said.
Visitors to the Atomium come mainly from Belgium and France, followed by Germany, Spain and Italy.