"Too much focus on rain, not enough talk of sunshine"

Two of Belgium's amusement parks, Walibi and Pairi Daiza, have called for weather reports to be written in a less pessimistic vein. The amusement parks attack what they claim is an excessive focus on rainfall and insufficient attention to sunshine. The amusement parks attack what they claim is an excessive focus on rainfall and insufficient attention to sunshine. They allege that the current nature of weather reports is affecting Belgians in their decision on whether or not to go to an amusement park.

The amusement parks say that weather reports are of great importance and that the present pessimistic representation of the facts is impacting on the mood of Belgians.

"Representing the weather is extremely complex, especially in a country like Belgium. The main tourist destinations require comprehensive weather reports that realistically reflect the situation and speak of sun as much as they do of rain."

The amusement parks stress that they are not calling for weather reports to embellish the situation. They do call for greater use of the word 'sun' and the abolition of the term "bright spell". If hours of sunshine are stated, the probability of showers and their duration should be mentioned too. A day with a short shower can also be a day with lots of sunshine.

Other Belgian amusement and theme parks including Plopsaland, Bellewaerde Park and Bobbejaanland are backing the initiative.