Record summer for tourism

At the end of two years of a pandemic, the desire for vacations prevails and amid bad news at the start of the new school year, the result of the French tourist season is out of place: the hotel/restaurant sector is already in a record year We have regained frequency levels similar to what we had in 2019. On August 29, in Bercy, Olivia Grégoire, Minister for Small and Medium Enterprises, Trade, Crafts and Tourism, presented the first tourism report, which will be updated at the end of the month. But the season is already clear.” Extraordinary »two and a half years later complicated Minister commented. On the customer side, 35 million French went on vacation. So last year he was 6 out of 10, he’s 7 out of 10. In addition, foreign customers are regaining momentum. This is especially true for European, American and Gulf customers who benefited from favorable exchange rates. Only Asians, Chinese, Japanese and Koreans missed.

On the supply side, all tourism stakeholders are benefiting from this influx. Especially in the open-air hotel industry, France’s first tourist accommodation, the number of nights until mid-August has increased by 6% compared to his 2021. In particular, the Parisian star, abandoned during the pandemic, has regained his customers.In transportation, SNCF sold a record 23 million tickets in his July and August, I had to increase my offer. Also, the leisure park attracts a lot of visitors. In total, he surpassed 2019 levels in most leisure-related sectors. According to Bercy, in accommodation and catering, credit card spending exceeded his spending in 2019 by more than 10%.

fundamental change

The conditions weren’t easy, so the very good summer results are all the more impressive.”, Olivia Grégoire commented. Neither inflation nor extreme climate change nor labor shortages ultimately prevented the season from being held. moreover, “ It’s not over yet.Signals about the offseason are very positive Added Minister. His September bookings in the hotel industry bode well for significant attendance. Business tourism, which has been greatly affected by the pandemic, will also need to reopen. For Atou France, which is responsible for promoting tourism, the country must therefore remain a top tourist destination in the world. Inflation levels, which were more subdued than in other European countries, contributed to this.

There are some caveats.0% of French have never been on vacation “I am reminded of Olivia Grégoire, who aims to develop social tourism. In addition, Atou France remains cautious about the consequences of the winter season. there is.

The tourism sector accounts for about 8% of GDP and 2 million direct and indirect jobs. According to Bercy, €38 billion in aid was provided during the two-year crisis. And from November 2021, “ Destination map france It aims to contribute 2 billion euros over three years and solidify its position as the world’s first tourist destination. However, the ‘quantitative’ targets must comply with energy saving mandates set by governments over the next few years and binding on the economy as a whole. Challenges with the transition to more sustainable forms of tourism.

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