Health crisis obliges, the French will be less numerous to leave during the holidays. Usually, around 25% of the population leaves: the French will be this time half as many do so, according to Didier Arino, director of the specialist firm Protourism, interviewed by AFP.
Those who can will go to a second home. 2.5% of French people will go to commercial accommodation.
The coasts of France will be privileged this winter. The seaside resorts of the English Channel and the Atlantic are benefiting from a sharp increase in the number of stays, up to 50% for some, according to Protourism. The trend is also on the rise in the Mediterranean, but “much weaker”, indicates Didier Arino.
Other travelers have chosen theoverseas, to enjoy the sun without leaving France. The level of airline reservations there is “almost similar to last year,” according to Jean-Pierre Mas, president of Entreprises du Voyage, the union representing French tour operators.
The mountain and the foreigner penalized
On the other hand, the mountain finds itself penalized by the Covid-19 epidemic. With the announcement of the closure of the ski lifts, which will finally operate from January 7, many cancellations have been recorded. “80% of the people who had booked canceled or postponed”, argues Vincent Lalanne, director of the Val Thorens tourist office.
The departures outside of France will also be much rarers than in previous years: minus 70% compared to normal activity, according to Les Entreprises du Voyage. Those who have decided to go anyway will go less far. According to a study by eDreams-Odigeo, average spending stands at 342 euros, against 424 euros last year. Lisbon, Marrakech and Porto are the most reserved destinations.
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