the Face of the crisis of the Covid-19, the French tourism acknowledges the shot. The secretary of State for Tourism, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, a figure of at least 30 to 40 billion euros, "the immediate impact" of the health crisis on the tourism sector French, in an interview in the Sunday Newspaper, highlighting a part of the international customer " disappeared ".
" In normal times, tourism generates 180 billion euros of revenue, of which 60 billion thanks to international tourism. The immediate impact of the epidemic is at least 30 to 40 billion euros ", says the secretary of State. "Many operators tell us that their sales will be down 20 to 25 % by year-end," he adds.
A "fragile recovery"
Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne observes that "the French are participating massively to the recovery of the tourism sector by focusing on France" and notes that 7 out of 10 of those who went on holiday have chosen the Hexagon. "The summer of red, white and blue is there," says-t it. "This enables you to save the essential ", says the secretary of State. "But let's be clear : in normal time, France welcomes each summer 17 million foreign tourists when 9 million French go abroad" and "a part of this international clientele has disappeared," he continued.
Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne judge, however, " encouraging (...) that the intentions of departure to France of the clientele, belgian, German, Italian and Spanish for September are higher than for July and August ", which would "extend the summer", and " to consolidate the revival of the sector ". The secretary of State also welcomes "a month of July encouraging" and "hope that the month of August will be great" and "the velvet season" in the colours of the indian summer ". But "this recovery is fragile," he adds, because " once a cluster appears, the effect is immediate on the cancellations of the stay, and on the reservations."