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US News Foreign tourists will not come back "before 2023", alert these professionals

14:05  20 september  2020
14:05  20 september  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Camille Perrière, présidente de l’association des guides conférencières et des guides en langue japonaise Elle participait hier à la mobilisation sur les marches de l’opéra de Rennes. © Ouest-France Camille Perrière, president of the association of tour guides and guides in the Japanese language She participated yesterday in the mobilization on the steps of the Rennes opera house.

Camille Perrière is a professional guide in Japanese language between Paris and the West. With the Covid, its foreign customers have disappeared. And the restart does not take shape before 2023 ... With her colleagues, she demonstrated, Saturday, September 19 in Rennes.

Camille Perrière is president of the Association of Lecturer Guides and Japanese Language Guides. With colleagues, she demonstrated, Saturday, September 19 in Rennes , to alert on the difficulties of her profession, while foreign tourists have deserted France , this year.

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80% of work in a foreign language

“I am a tour guide between Paris and Brittany and a Japanese language interpreter. I accompanied a last bus of Japanese tourists to Mont Saint-Michel on March 8. Since then, almost nothing ...

It should be noted that 80% of the guides' work concerns the clientele of foreign tourists. However, the Chinese, the Americans or the Australians have fourteen days to go or return from their trip, so they no longer come. And the French-language market represents only 20% of our activity. But even the Belgians are in their forties!

All of a sudden, we guides, we found ourselves out of work. We are often women, in our forties or fifties. It's not easy to retrain. Employers often prefer someone younger, than a 47-year-old woman with a master's degree in art history who has spent her entire career as a tour guide. Above all, it's hard to start training when you're having trouble filling the fridge.

Outbreak of Covid-19 in Iceland: two French people accused without proof

 Outbreak of Covid-19 in Iceland: two French people accused without proof © Haraldur Gudjonsson / AFP The so-called “French” strain was reportedly detected in two bars in the city center of the capital. 2,561 positive cases recorded in six months, 10 deaths to be deplored, only one hospitalized patient… Since the start of the pandemic, the whole world has been envious of the management of the Covid-19 epidemic in Iceland.

For intermittent status

What the guides are calling for is a blank year that would extend our rights to unemployment until 2021, like intermittent entertainment workers. Like them, our activity is hit hard by the Covid, but we are not treated in the same way!

However, we value the French heritage. When I take a group of tourists to Rennes, I value the heritage, we stop at the Parliament of Brittany. We value its gastronomy, tourists like to have lunch at the restaurant, taste the famous pancakes ... Before going to Mont Saint-Michel of course! We, the guides, are pushing for the famous third night in France, which generates activity for hoteliers.

The profession of guide is often presented as something dusty. But we are also innovating! I provide video conferencing tours. I love to do research to better understand the secrets of a building or to shed light on a remarkable woman, forgotten by great history.

No mass tourism before 2023

The immediate future of guides, however, is very bleak. Mass tourism may not return before 2023. Air traffic will resume when the vaccine is found, but slowly. However, it is only when planes are full that fares drop and international tourism really picks up. Some guides switch to teaching in a foreign language. But most of them are passionate people who love their job and would like to continue. We need time to consider the rest of our professional life. "

DIRECT. Coronavirus: the government tightens the screw to avoid a "critical situation" .
© THOMAS SAMSON / AFP Olivier Véran visiting a Covid-19 screening center in Mantes-la-Jolie (Yvelines), September 21, 2020. New, more restrictive measures to curb the Covid-19 epidemic in France were announced on Wednesday evening. Among them: the closure of bars and restaurants for at least two weeks in Marseille and Guadeloupe, two areas on "maximum alert".

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