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Ghent prohibits tourist horse-drawn carriages: a Decision was taken collegially. Our profession stops, suddenly,
Gent This summer, they are still there, from next year no more: horse-drawn carriages. The city wants to ban the tourist tours with horse and cart to the impact of tourism on the town limit. The only Ghent coachman is the heart.

There was already criticism, because horse-and-cart for Bruges to Ghent, and also because the horses in the summer in the burning sun. But that is so beyond, because the city doesn't allow tourist tours with horse and cart in the city from 2020. “The measure, the impact of tourism on the town in balance and the unique character of Ghent stress”, what it sounds like. “We have to choose explicitly for tourism with added value for the Inhabitants, and also have attention for animal welfare.” Ghent is increasingly on the radar of tourists. The number of nights in Ghent rose in 2017 with 7.7 percent. Therefore, the city council choices. After the earlier ‘vakantiewoningenstop’, there is now also an end to the tourist horse-drawn carts. Ghent is not related to the first. In cities such as Amsterdam and Rome was also all of such a decision.

transitional year

“The city council committed to quality tourism”, sounds at toerismeschepen Bram Van Braeckevelt. “That is tourism that also for the Inhabitants value and that starts from the authenticity of the city. Horse-drawn carts that tourists driving around, do not fit in the vision of quality tourism in a unique Gent. The City of Ghent recognizes that this measure the licensee meets in its activities. It was therefore decided a year of transition, which for the tourist season of 2019 yet horse-drawn carriages may be used.” The coachmen had to meet a series of conditions, such as driving and rest periods for the horses. Now they have to so completely disappear.

“Trade lost”

But the only driver of Ghent, Luc Claeys of the Carriages from Ghent, is the heart. “This is a decision without consultation was taken. I was on the town hall receive for a dry communication. For us it is very dramatically, of course, our profession stops, suddenly. We drive only in Ghent and have nowhere else to go. We are, therefore, our trade lost, and must find a solution for our horses also. Where will that end up? We live for our animals, they are well taken care of. We have 4 coaches and 3 horses per carriage. The animals ‘working’ one day and have 2 days of rest. Children can pet them in the city and give them roots. The animals enjoy the attention. For less mobile people and families with children is the coach, a fun way to explore the city. But the city council can find a carriage with horse no longer of this time. However, Ghent is a historic city.” Claeys worked with student employees, and will this summer finish in Ghent. But in 2020 he will get no licence.

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