Coast should be more accessible

7th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

7 August 2007, BRUSSELS – Last weekend was the busiest yet for Belgium's beaches. But the coast should become more accessible, says Geert Hoorens, manager for the coast region at Westtoer, the West-Flanders provincial tourism and recreation office.

7 August 2007

BRUSSELS – Last weekend was the busiest yet for Belgium's beaches. But the coast should become more accessible, says Geert Hoorens, manager for the coast region at Westtoer, the West-Flanders provincial tourism and recreation office.

"Traffic jams on the motorways can never be avoided, but traffic just does not run smoothly within the five kilometres behind the beach line. Extra parking lots could help. A great deal of money is being invested in making the Belgian coast more attractive, but in order to be successful the product must also be easily accessible," Hoorens says.

Figures from the past weekend indicate that about 250,000 people headed to the coast for a day out. "Only one fifth of them – about 50,000 people – opted to take public transport," Hoorens says. "That percentage must be increased in order to improve accessibility. This is where extra efforts are needed."

In order to accommodate busy car traffic, Hoorens suggests large parking lots farther from the beach with shuttle services. "The Belgian coast receives 17 million day tourists and 15 million overnight stays each year," Hoorens says. "The economic value of that mustn't be underestimated. That is why we are going to devote extra attention to mobility in the new strategic plan for the coast which is being drawn up at the end of 2008."

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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