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Queensland’s tourism industry has attacked the weather bureau for being too negative in its forecasting.

The Queensland Tourism Industry Council has called for a sunnier disposition from the Bureau of Meteorology when informing the public about the day’s weather, shares The West Australian news.

QTIC chief executive Daniel Gschwind said current forecast language such as “partly cloudy” and “chance of rain” should be changed to “mostly sunny” and “likely sunshine”.

Other examples included “showers” and “overcast” to “cooling down rain (after a hot day)” and “cool day”.

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“We prefer the ’glass half full’ option when it comes to weather reporting – for example, ’mainly sunny’ is more encouraging to domestic travellers than ’chance of rain’.”

Mr Gschwind said showers and rain forecasts should be marketed as a drawcard.

“Rain in Queensland doesn’t have the same implications as the northern hemisphere. I don’t think it should be framed in a bad way. It could even be described as a ’cooling down shower’ or something.”

“Unfavourable forecasts certainly impact on day trippers, possibly impact on short-stay visits but are unlikely to impact on long-haul visitors from interstate or overseas.”

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  • I have to confess we were disappointed when we went to Cairns in June 2016.
    We were told by people we know who lived up there we were going to warm sunny Cairns. A couple of days were warm, the rest were cold, and it rained every day.

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  • Oh come on! If it might rain it might rain. Any woman who spends 45 minutes straightening their hair NEEDS to know if rain is possible.

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  • That’s right. Too often they predict rain… and then there is a wonderful sun!! :-)

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  • Weather forecast should be truthful based on facts, not made to be sounds more positive then it is. Yes, the weather forecast influences impart our plans, but I don’t take the weather forecast too serious.

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  • Positive mindset taken too far!

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  • Yes, an unfavourable weather forecast can make us change our plans, but I’d rather have the truth than some optimistic half-baked outlook that could ruin our day!

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  • I wonder if changing the way they present the weather forecast, would really have an influence on tourist’s plans. In my case it’s true that if too much rain is forecast, I prefer to move the trip to another day, in particular if the idea is to go and walk in a national park. Or have a picnic.

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