Negative TV weather forecasts are driving decline in tourism in northern France
Negative TV weather forecasts are behind the drop in tourism in northern France, says the main industry boss who wants webcams installed to prove it is not raining
- Festyland amusement park founder thinks the negatives are overrated
- Hervé Lebel said forecasters have a huge impact on the economy
- Estimates that hotels are affected by a 50% drop in bookings
Negative weather forecasts are causing a drop in the number of tourists to Normandy in northern France, according to an industry leader.
Creator of the Festyland amusement park near Caen and founder of the Normandy Sites tourist site, Hervé Lebel believes that the emphasis on rainfall has an impact on traffic in the region.
Mr. Lebel thinks TV presenters put more emphasis on the negative than the positive when it comes to weather.
Mr. Lebel believes that the weather forecasts on television do not accurately reflect Normandy
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“Normandy tourism relies heavily on Parisians, but when they watch the weather forecast on TV on a Thursday night and suggest rain in Normandy on weekends, then no one comes and hotels lose 50% of their recipes, ”Mr. Lebel told The Local. .
“Forecasters need to know that they can have a huge negative economic impact on the region. They have a huge responsibility.
He stressed that the term “at risk of showers” was a key to discouraging tourists from visiting the Normandy region, and annoyed that the forecast was generalized for an area of nearly 650 miles.
Mr. Lebel now wishes to set up a series of webcams around the Normandy region for a more accurate look
“They also give the impression that if it is going to rain in Cherbourg for example, then it is raining on the north coast of France; we have the impression that the weather is the same in Brest, in Brittany, as in Pas-de-Calais, ”he added.
He now hopes to bring the general public and politicians together and install webcams around Normandy so that weather forecasts are more accurate from region to region.
Normandy is famous for being the site of the D-Day landings where Allied forces landed on the beaches to plan a surprise attack on the Nazis during WWII.
Millions of tourists from all over the world visit the battle scenes and war memorials found throughout the region every year to remember those who lost their lives.