Sluis: tourism driving force of the economy
Type of industrial estate: local and regional
Location: Oostburg, central in the Western Zeeuws-Vlaanderen region, close to the N58 road.
Available land: 28,000 m2
Environmental category: 3.1 at the most
Type of industrial estate: port-related, industry, wholesale, services, assembly
Location: Breskens, close to the bypass and the commercial harbor where sea vessels are being loaded and unloaded. A good locations for fishing and marina related activities.
Available land: 6,000 m2, expansion of 71,000 m2
Environmental category: 5 at the most
Type of industrial estate: industrial estate for logistics, distribution, trade and production
Location: Eede, 5 minutes from the Antwerpen-Knokke bypass.
Available land: 18,000 m2
Environmental category: 3 at the most
Techno Park Zeeland
Type of industrial estate: industrial estate for technological development, production and education
Available land: 34,000 m2
Environmental category: 3.2 at the most
Industrial Estate Nieuwvliet
Type of industrial estate: tourism and leisure
Location: Nieuwvliet, near the coast
Available land: /
Environmental category: /
Sluis: facts and figures
The municipality of Sluis has seventeen villages. The number of inhabitants in this municipality increases significantly every year by the millions of tourists who come to visit the fortified town of Sluis, the seaside resorts Cadzand-Bad and Breskens, and the nature reserves and the spacious polders.
Population: 28,820 persons
Area: 308.4 km2 (26.74 km2 of which is water)
Population density: 85 inhabitants per km2
Workforce: 10,800 persons
Average per capita income: €27,800
Industrial estates: 6
Number of Companies: 3,425
1.Business and private service industry
3.Retail and trades
The municipality of Sluis is easily accessible via the Westerschelde Tunnel and the east-west link. Moreover, Belgium is just around the corner. Companies in the vicinity of Ghent and Bruges like to have a branch right across the border where companies still have ample room and can set up shop against relatively low costs.
Tourism is the driving force behind the region´s economy. In addition, the municipality has a few thematic industrial estates: Deltahoek in Breskens, which focuses on fishing and marina-related commercial activities, and Techno Park Zeeland, which is designated for technological development, production and education. Furthermore, the municipality has a few large-scale transport companies and the trading port in Breskens for loading and unloading coasters.