Discover Benelux, Issue 31, July 2016

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Restaurant Amelys at Hotel Le Royal, Luxembourg

A room at the Place d’Armes hotel, Luxembourg

Sporthôtel Leweck in Lipperscheid

Horesca in Luxembourg - a varied and growing sector The Horesca (hotel, restaurant and catering) sector in Luxembourg comprises more than 2,600 companies including 1,250 restaurants, 1,100 bars and over 250 hotels. TEXT AND PHOTOS: LA FÉDÉRATION HORESCA, TRANSLATION: ANNA VILLELEGER

These companies employ 20,000 people (as employees or with a self-employed status) and generate a turnover of almost two billion euros - accounting for 6.8 per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (direct and indirect).

Tourist labels for accommodation The range of accommodation on offer in Luxembourg ranges from small family establishments to luxurious hotels housed in castles. For work trips, Luxembourg city is full of remarkable business hotels. In order to improve the quality of tourism services, the Ministry of Economy has created various tourist quality labels. EcoLabel-certified facilities are recognised for being particularly environmentally friendly. They take multiple measures to save energy, water and waste, resulting in a reduction of environmental pollution. EureWelcome is a label based on the Design pour Tous (Design for All) concept. This label is attributed to infrastructure, services and tourist events which make special efforts to meet the needs of all tourists, including those with disabilities. In 2011, the bed + bike label was introduced by the Luxembourg government. 82 | Issue 31 | July 2016

From luxury hotels to family guesthouses and campsites, youth hostels and private residences, bed + bike certifies 86 establishments where cyclists are welcome. These labels are listed on the National Tourism Office website (www.visitluxembourg.lu), as are the contact details for accommodations. Horesca recommends booking directly via a hotel when planning your stay in Luxembourg.

International cuisine In proportion to the number of inhabitants, Luxembourg is the country that offers the greatest number of starred restaurants. The capital in particular offers extremely diverse gastronomy, whether you are looking for haute cuisine, exotic specialties or a simple meal. In the surrounding countryside you can find guesthouses offering delicious rustic and traditional cuisine. Meanwhile, the Moselle Valley is a must-visit area for gourmets, with its regional specialties and delicious wines. Many traditional dishes, for years considered too heavy, have been enjoying a revival. Chefs at some of the country’s best restaurants are updating their grandmother’s recipes, making them lighter to suit today’s tastes. More and more, you can find traditional Luxembourg dishes such as Judd

mat Gaardebounen (pork and beans) and Träipen (blood sausage) with apple sauce. Thanks to its international population, the Grand Duchy also offers French gastronomy, Italian pasta and pizza, Portuguese cod and many Asian specialties.

Quality bistros On initiative of the Ministry of Economy, Horesca created WËLLKOMM, a quality label for drinking establishments. The aim is to upgrade this sector’s image and improve the quality of establishments. WËLLKOMM (meaning ‘welcome’ in Luxembourgish) is a charter which interested pubs can join. The signatories undertake to respect the quality criteria in the areas of service, food hygiene and sustainable development. 40 drinking establishments have already joined WËLLKOMM. The website (www.wellkomm.lu) presents those who have signed up. On the website you can search establishments based on geographical location or particular amenities ranging from whether there is a terrace to parking or disabled access. For more information on Luxembourg’s Horesca federation visit www.horesca.lu