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World Coronavirus: The All Saints holidays are shaping up to be gloomy in the context of increased health measures

18:00  18 october  2020
18:00  18 october  2020 Source:   20minutes.fr

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The tourism sector does not feel celebrating while the All Saints holidays have started this weekend

Les régions du Littoral dont la Bretagne et la Normandie pourraient tirer leur épingle du jeu. © Mikele Designer / Pixabay The coastal regions including Brittany and Normandy could do well. TOURISM - The tourism sector does not feel like it is celebrating while the All Saints holidays have started this weekend

With of reinforced health constraints , of curfews and for tourists who decide at the last moment, the outlook for the All Saints Day holidays are gloomy for the tourism sector, despite the government's encouragement to leave.

"I encourage the French to book" for the All Saints' Day holidays , declared the Secretary of State for Tourism Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne earlier this week, promising that the government would "do everything" to ensure that the tourist season can "run until Christmas".

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But the rise of the Covid-19 , which has led to the establishment of a curfew since Friday evening in many large metropolitan areas in France is fueling uncertainty and despite everything shaking up the plans of many French people.

Last minute and less frequentation

A phenomenon which results first and foremost in last minute bookings which deprive professionals of visibility.

"Friday evening, we had six rooms reserved and we had eight more during the day on Saturday" for these holidays, testifies Serge Vervoitte, owner for sixteen years of the four-star hotel-restaurant Le Goyen, in Audierne in Finistère .


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Beyond the fact that people make up their minds at the last minute, attendance is also lower.

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Last Monday, the day when the Interministerial Committee dedicated to the tourism sector (CIT) was held, i.e. five days before the holidays, the reservation rate was only slightly above 13% (13.3% in regions, 13, 9% in Ile-de-France), against around 47% a year earlier (37.9% in regions, 55.9% in Ile-de-France), according to the specialist firm MKG Consulting.

"The trend is quite catastrophic for urban tourism, and having a curfew does not help matters", confirms Didier Arino, director of the specialist firm Protourism.

Beyond Paris and its region, "there is also an impact for metropolises which tended not to fare too badly this year, such as those of Aix-Marseille or Montpellier", observes Didier Arino .

Brittany and Normandy acclaimed

Can rural tourism benefit from the situation? Dynamic during the summer, it "does not represent large volumes at this time of year," recalls Didier Arino. But coastal areas should be popular with city dwellers wanting to escape the curfew, such as Normandy or Brittany for example.

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In the field, the professionals show a little "thrill" for All Saints' Day.

The owner of the two-star Le Chantilly hotel in Deauville, Rachid Oumakhlouf, estimates the decline at 10 to 15%, with the proximity of the capital helping. But "before the holidays, October was very difficult," he explains.

This ebb is all the more damaging as the All Saints holidays were more and more popular in recent years, with around 8 million departures last year.

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