“What are you doing for the holidays? “The old tube of duo David and Jonathan could illustrate several meetings that have taken place in recent days at the top of the state. Even though the containment is not over, the virus is still just as threatening, the holidays are fast approaching but many establishments are not sure if they can reopen the doors. Because even when it is materially possible, this reopening is not necessarily economically viable.
For the warlord Emmanuel Macron, no question of underestimating the importance of the tourism sector, one of the few where France still remains a world leader with its 90 million tourists welcomed per year, and the millions of jobs that depend on it throughout the territory. “This virus does not like the French art of living, because it is transmitted with contacts”, he stressed on April 24 at the Elysée Palace, during a tele-meeting organized with the ministers Bruno Le Maire (Economy and Finance), Gérald Darmanin (Action and Public Accounts), Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne (Tourism), the presidents of professional unions in catering, hotels, campsites, leisure parks and tobacconists , the bosses of the Accor group, Puy du Fou, Beauval zoo and the great chefs Alain Ducasse, Guy Savoy, Hélène Darroze, Michel Sarran and Philippe Etchebest.
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A president who listens but has no solutions
Faced with somewhat anxious professionals, the Head of State and the ministers recalled the support measures already adopted (loans guaranteed by the State from which 27,000 tourist companies already benefit, ie 2.4 billion euros as well as the partial unemployment) and announced the extension of most of these measures after May. Emmanuel Macron also promised them a major recovery plan for the sector which will be unveiled in the coming weeks. On the other hand, the professionals obtained nothing more than a careful listening when they asked that they be exonerated from their rents for periods without activity and that the insurance companies participate financially in the general effort.
Nothing concrete either on their most urgent problem: reopening. When? How? 'Or' What? If the gradual deconfinement will take place from May 11, nothing is announced regarding bars, restaurants and other places of relaxation and accommodation. On this point, the whole of France awaits the instructions for the deconfinement prepared by Jean Castex.
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Ten ideas to save the season
In the meantime, everyone hopes that in the absence of foreign tourists for several months, the French will be there, on vacation. Here are ten simple and potentially effective ideas from professionals and elected officials, which could help restart this not yet sacrificed season.
Over 65 MPs gathered this afternoon to finalize majority proposals for the plan #tourism to save the sector. All in phase for a proactive policy, #social and #sustainable to allow the economic rebound of the sector. We remain mobilized! 💪🇫🇷 pic.twitter.com/MqOc4aw0cn
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Create a health label “Here we fight the virus”. “Essential for restoring customer confidence, pleads MP Pascale Fontenel-Personne, co-president of the Tourism group of the National Assembly. It would be displayed by establishments that respect the most effective sanitary standards ”.
Let the mayors decide on the opening of each ERP (establishments open to the public) in their municipalities. This idea also comes from the deputies of the Tourism group, who propose that it be applicable immediately. As close to the field as possible, the mayors decide according to the configuration of the premises, after on-site study and discussion with restaurant owners wishing to reopen, whether the ERP open at 20, 30, 50 or 70%.
Operation “The rest of the warriors”. This idea from Jean-Pierre Nadir, founder of EasyVoyages and one of the most listened to experts in the sector, consists in offering holiday accommodation to caregivers who have had several difficult weeks, by converting their RTT credits into bonus equivalents. vacation. The specialist in outdoor accommodation Homair is ready.
Strictly mark holiday vouchers issued by employers and works councils so that they are used in holiday places “and not in supermarkets”, argues Pascale Fontenel-Personne.
Give a “helping hand” to the Bon Vacances issued to the less well-off families by CAF and MSA.
Issue a voucher for 200 kilometers of free train transportation to every French person so that they can take a vacation this summer, even for a few days and without going too far from home. This idea, taken up by the group of deputies, dates from the Popular Front government, which in 1936 feared that the French would not want to leave their home despite the introduction of paid holidays. Thus was born tourism.
Decree a clean year for payroll taxes and not a carryover.
Authorize operators not to pay rent when their activity is zero. This idea is launched by restaurateurs who ask that we do not favor donors, “rentiers”, to the detriment of small companies which will have to cut jobs. Obviously it will not be to the taste of real estate groups but already the State has said it is ready to forget the rents which it owes on the public domain in particular, and encourages the local communities to do the same.
Generalize temperature measurement and blood tests for tourism and catering employees and introduce a health passport for customers.