The hirers of cuistax at the Coast are fewer in number than 20 years ago
Riding in cuistax along the coastline is a pleasure that pleases. But the number of shops where renting these machines typical of the Belgian coast has decreased in the last 20 years, according to a study of the economic magazine "West-Vlaanderen Werkt" presented Tuesday in Ostend in collaboration with the high school Howest. This is the first time in 70 years that the cuistax sector has been mapped.
In 20 years, the number of cuistax owners has increased from 70 to 50. This figure has remained stable over the last five years. "The good news is that there is a younger generation investing more and more in this sector. We hope that this one will remain flourishing, "commented the editor of" West-Vlaanderen Werkt ", Jan Bart Van In.
The study also shows that the cuistax of the Coast represents about 500 jobs for the students. Most of the rental companies are located in Ostend and Knokke-Heist. The majority also has ancillary activities such as bike rental or the sale of beach items. Six out of ten operators are one-person companies.
In 2012, the hirers of cuistax realized a gross margin of 1.3 million euros, according to the analysis of the accounts of 40% of them. In 2017, this figure climbed to nearly 2 million euros, which is explained by an increase in prices and the success of scooters and e-bikes, according to the sector. In addition, the rental period is growing because the coastline is becoming more and more a four-season tourist destination.
The electric cuistax, they do not convince because they are more expensive, require more maintenance while tourists continue to prefer the traditional cuistax.
The main concerns faced by the owners of cuistax are theft and vandalism. In 2017, 300 vehicles were stolen, a figure that has been declining in recent years.