July 25, 2021

the most affected French tourist destination, Paris remains deprived of specific aid

Before possibly reinventing itself, Ile-de-France tourism will have to count the survivors. The shock was considerably harder than elsewhere in France, with a drop in revenue of around 70% in 2020 (6.4 billion euros spent by tourists, against 21.9 billion in 2019). The first half of 2021 is no better, and no serious rebound is to be expected before the fall, under the double effect of the hoped-for recovery of international leisure tourism and business tourism.

However, Paris was not entitled to the same consideration as Corsica, Lourdes (Hautes-Pyrénées) and the mountains, which have benefited from specific government plans, both to save businesses and relaunch destinations. At the Regional Tourism Committee (CRT) and at the Paris Office of Tourism and Congresses (OTCP), it is understood that the presidential ambitions of the president (Libres!) Of the Ile-de-France , Valérie Pécresse, and the mayor (PS) of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, did not plead in favor of government support. And that he is “Very hard to convey that Paris suffers more than the rest of France”.

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“There is no union between them, regrets a decision maker of French tourism. If, already, they had gone to see the government together, Paris and the region, to make this request, showing that they had concerns… ”“ Anne Hidalgo and Valérie Pécresse each called out the government, and I don’t think so. that going together would have changed anything, retorts Frédéric Hocquard, tourism assistant for the City of Paris. The State has always favored dialogue with representative organizations, not with local authorities. “

” I have good hope “

The financial structure of Parisian hoteliers – more often tenants than in the provinces -, the cost of land and the disaffection of the destination would argue in favor of additional aid, according to the Ile-de-France manager of the National Group of Independents (GNI ), Franck Trouet: “We are asking that the“ fixed costs ”aid, which covers 70% of operating losses, can be extended to Parisian hotels without any condition of turnover, according to the same system as that for mountain and mountain players. nightclubs. “

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The aid is currently reserved for establishments whose turnover exceeds one million euros per month and is not planned to extend beyond the month of June. “This device should be extended until October for Paris, esays Jean-François Rial, president of the OTCP. I have good hope. “ The degression of aid, which will continue in July and August, also worries professionals, who do not see reservations arriving for the start of the school year.

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