Only operators registered in a category can use the designations stipulated for this category or equivalent designations.
For example, an operator registered under the 'tourist residence' category may use the designation 'résidence de tourisme' in French or the designation ‘toerismeverblijf' in Dutch or an equivalent designation. Were he to use the term ‘guest room' or 'bed & breakfast', he would be committing an offence.
Here are the designations for each category and sub-category:
Catégory Authorised designations in French
  • Hôtel
  • Appart-hôtel
Tourist residence
  • Résidence de tourisme
  • Gîte urbain
Furnished tourist accommodation
  • Meublé de tourisme
Homestay accommodation
  • Hébergement chez l'habitant
  • Chambre(s) d'hôte(s)
  • Établissement de chambres d'hôtes
  • Chambres d'hôtes à la ferme
Social tourism accommodation centre No corresponding designation
provided in regulations
Campsite No corresponding designation
provided in regulations

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