Informe semanal de noticias del mercado francés de las Oficinas de Turismo de Tenerife en París

  • Tourism industry and Competitors news

Top 10 travel sites: Booking leads the way

In July 2018, Booking won the first step of the podium, dethroning for the very first time (see the graphic design). The leader in hotel reservations continues to lead the race, with a good stride ahead, according to the top 10 published by Médiamétrie//NetRatings for L’Echo touristique over the period July 2019. An interesting month to analyze, since it corresponds in particular to research for last minute departures. Echo Touristique

Portugal elected «Accessible Tourist Destination 2019» by UNWTO

Portugal is the first country to receive this award from the World Tourism Organization (WTO), recognizing the efforts made by the destination to position itself as an accessible country for several years. For several years, the positioning of Portugal as a destination accessible to people with disabilities has been a government priority. In 2016, the «All for All» programme was launched with the aim of strengthening the national tourist offer, creating accessible itineraries throughout the country, promoting the offer accessible from north to south and promoting Portugal as an inclusive destination for all, a statement said. Echo Touristique

  • Aviation news

Air France and Dubreuil will not take over Aigle Azur

Air France and the Dubreuil group will not take over Aigle Azur, «the conditions were not right for it» according to a spokeswoman for the national airline. In addition, according to the daily business newspaper, Lionel Guérin and Philippe Micouleau are back in the race, they have found financing of more than 20 million euros. «But their offer, which aims to take over most of the business and 500 employees in France, is still conditional on obtaining a government loan of €15 million, repayable over seven years. Quotidien du Tourisme

KLM will offer train journeys between Brussels and Amsterdam

KLM continues to operate 5 flights a day between Brussels and Amsterdam while the journey is very short and high-speed trains operate between the two cities. From 29 March, passengers will have the choice and can take the train on one of the 5 daily routes: the airline has sealed a partnership with NS (Dutch Rail) and Thalys. Business Travel

XL Airways requests its placement in receivership

The management asked the Bobigny Commercial Court for its placement in receivership. An extraordinary works council was convened this afternoon.  The agenda includes «information-consultation on a filing for a declaration of cessation of payments and a request to open a legal redress procedure». Ticket sales are stopped tonight. Tour Hebdo

  • Tour operators and travel agents news

In the shadow of Evaneos, French-speaking receptives create their own travel agency

32 French-speaking local agencies create Nomadays, their «travel agency». It is an independent collective of French-speaking receptives, present in the four corners of the world. Their platform allows travellers to prepare a tailor-made itinerary, directly and without intermediaries, the network being based in France. Nomadays is de facto registered, and has a financial guarantee with the APST. Objective: to enable receptives to work «effectively» in a network. In August 2019, Nomadays obtained the Atout France licence, «allowing the collective to develop on the French and European market via the Nomadays agency in France», the press release adds. Today, the network aggregates 430 routes in 32 destinations. Secure online payment free of charge with the collective. Echo Touristique

Thomas Cook bankruptcy: an earthquake for European tourism

The leaders were unable to obtain the £200 million to avoid bankruptcy and lead to further discussions for the recapitalisation of the group by the Chinese Fosun. «Despite considerable efforts, these discussions did not result in an agreement,» the group said in a statement, stating that the company’s board of directors «had no choice but to take steps to initiate the compulsory liquidation with immediate effect. In France, its subsidiary has 176 integrated points of sale and a Jet tours tour operator, resold by the entire distribution network. So many employees left this morning in uncertainty about their future, which is now a dotted line. TourMag

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