Many establishments have also decided to close during the second part of this school holiday period while those that remained open had an occupancy rate of only 10 to 15%. However, tourist real estate agencies have recorded additional bookings and tenants of the first week have sometimes extended their stay during the second.
According to estimates from the Westtoer Knowledge Center, the number of day tourists reached a total of 240,000 during the second week of the All Saints holiday. Over the entire period of school holidays, their total amounted to 725,000.
While it emphasizes the importance of measures to combat the coronavirus, the tourism body deplores the heavy economic damage suffered by the tourism sector in West Flanders.
“The fight against the virus is the first priority and is also in the medium and long term interests of tourism. However, the current measures represent a significant economic loss for the tourism sector in West Flanders. Westtoer is doing everything in its power to facilitate and promote the restart of tourism at the beginning of 2021 ”, assured Sabien Lahaye-Battheu, provincial deputy and president of Westtoer.