Hoteliers at the coast demand “correct” weather forecasts

The Sunday newspaper ‘Het Nieuwsblad op zondag’ reports that hoteliers at the Flemish Coast are angry with the region’s weather forecasters. Those in the hotel trade at seaside towns such as Ostend and De Panne believe that they are losing trade as a result of “inaccurate forecasting".
The weather at the coast can offer differ greatly from the weather just a few miles inland

The hoteliers believe that a separate weather forecast devoted to the 67km-long Flemish coast would be a great help.
At present, some potential tourists cancel reservations after having watched the weather forecast.

Other's change their plans and don’t visit the coast because they have seen a rain cloud above West Flanders on the weather map.

Bart Boelens of the Hotel, Restaurant and Licensed Victuallers Association told the paper that the weather forecast can make or break his members’ day.

Micro-climate

The West Flemish Tourist Board Westtoer also stresses the importance of a separate weather forecast for the coast.

Westtoer also stresses the importance of a separate weather forecast for the coast.

Westtoer’s Philippe Lefebvre says that coast has its own micro-climate and that visitor numbers are greatly affected by weather forcasts in the newspapers or on television and radio.

The region’s weather forcasters deny that they provide an inaccurate picture of the meteorological conditions at the coast.

They believe that this is a classic case of selective memory on the part of the hoteliers.