30% increase in sea reservations for the Carnival holidays
Hotels, campsites and holiday parks also have a good occupancy rate, according to figures from the West Flanders Tourist Office (Westtoer) published on Friday.
The sun of recent days and the approach of the holidays have prompted many visitors to set sail for the coast. Tourist rental agencies estimate the occupancy rate at around 60%. The number of reservations is also up to 30% higher than last year, at the very start of the coronavirus pandemic in Europe. The rental agencies therefore expect a very busy Coast for this holiday, many owners of a vacation home having opted for a stay in the country.
Beachfront hotels are also popular. They have an occupancy rate of 80% for this Valentine’s Day weekend. We have to go back to September 2020 to find such figures. Hotels are still hoping for a few last-minute bookings for the Carnival week and weekend, which have an occupancy rate of 40% at the moment.
Recread, the federation for the campsites, holiday parks and holiday parks as well as motorhome sites, recorded around 75% occupancy. The Center Parcs du Coq for its part has 60% occupancy during the week, while the Sunparks of Ostdunkirk, in Koksijde, accuses the loss of French tourists, who currently have to stay at home because of the measures in force in the Hexagon.
Wearing a mask is compulsory on the dike throughout the relaxation leave. The affluence barometer at the Coast can be consulted by anyone who wonders about the level of frequentation of the seaside towns. Finally, Westtoer advises visitors to inform themselves in advance about the measures in force in these municipalities.