Informe semanal de noticias del mercado francés de la Oficina de Turismo de Tenerife en París


IAG (British Airways, Iberia…) takes over Air Europa

International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) announces the acquisition of Air Europa for €1 billion from the Spanish tourism group Globalia. IAG, which heads British Airways and Iberia in particular, intends to take advantage of this acquisition to «transform[its hub] in Madrid into a real rival of the four biggest in Europe (Amsterdam, Paris Charles De Gaulle, Frankfurt, London). The operation will also enable IAG to establish itself as the market leader in the air transport market between Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. Before the acquisition of Air Europa, which operates on nearly 70 destinations, IAG claimed 19% of the market share on these various routes. From now on, the group, which also includes Aer Lingus and Level, could gain up to 26% of the market share. Echo Touristique

  • Tourism industry and Competitors news

Selectour, on the way to a second private label

During a press dinner held on Tuesday 5 November at the Hotel Bristol in Paris, Laurent Abitbol, Chairman of the Selectour Management Board, reviewed the latest news from the network and the ongoing projects. While he expressed his wish to have a «second private label» via perhaps the acquisition of Jet tours, he also insisted on the need for sellers to «win back the sale of air-only flights» and to benefit from «the best technological tools». The ultimate goal, the leader said, is to «give 10 years of life and prosperity to our agencies». Quotidien du Tourisme

Takeover of Thomas Cook France: the court postpones its decision

On Tuesday, November 5, the Commercial Court of Nanterre accepted the request for an additional 15 days’ delay from the court administrator, Hélène Bourbouloux.

«Until then, the court administrators will continue to work on reconciling the various takeover offers and improving them, with the priority being to safeguard jobs and implement a sustainable project,» says Thomas Cook France’s Communications Department. Technically, candidates for takeover have until November 14 to submit their new proposals. The court has scheduled the next hearing for November 19 to render its decision. Quotidien du Tourisme

Winter in the mountains: encouraging booking trends

The National Association of Mayors of Mountain Resorts (ANMSM) has unveiled the first trends of the winter season. They are encouraging with bookings up +1.9%.

«With the recent snowfall, we are seeing an anticipation of bookings this year, especially in the major mountain resorts. The New Year’s week stands out with a projected occupancy rate of 67%, up 9 points,» said Charles-Ange Ginesy, President of ANMSM. TourMag

  • Aviation news

Wow Air: the new company (Play) will be on sale in November 2019

Arnar Már Magnusson, former Chief Operating Officer of Wow Air, told a press conference in Reykjavik, Iceland, that the former Wow Air, renamed Play, plans to launch as early as December 2019. The assets of Wow Air were acquired by USAerospace Associates in September. President Michele Ballarin announced her intention to restart her activities, initially in October and then postponed to December. Ticket sales will start this month, although Play has not yet revealed any of its destinations. Echo Touristique

IATA counter-attacks (at last) in the face of the shame of flying

Between the rise of the «Flygskam» movement and the widespread introduction of the ecotax in Europe, aviation is caught in the crossfire. Faced with the pressure, the sector has decided to launch a campaign that will address the criticisms of CO2 emissions. The Air Transport Action Group puts forward its arguments: «Air transport is responsible for 12% of the CO2 emissions generated by the means of transport, compared to 74% for road transport», the organisation stresses, pointing out that «80% of CO2 emissions in aviation come from flights covering more than 1500 km and for which there is no practical alternative in terms of transport». Tour Hebdo

  • Tour operators and travel agents news

Kuoni in front of Voyageurs du Monde

In the Tourism category, Kuoni France finished on the first step of the podium. The tour operator was named «Most Recommended Brand» for the second year in a row. Among the eight sectors or fields of activity studied, Tourism and Kuoni France in the «Tour Operators» category takes first place with an average of 8.13 out of 10, ahead of Voyageurs du Monde and Terres d’Aventure. «This success is above all the success of the teams to whom I dedicate this trophy,» commented Emmanuel Foiry, President of Kuoni France. Quotidien du Tourisme

Havas Voyages named best French tourism brand by Capital magazine

In the «Travel Agencies» category, Havas Voyages is at the top of the podium. The network is ahead of the Selectour and Carrefour Voyages order. This first place is achieved in a particularly competitive context, marked by innovation and renewed expectations of customers who hope to find in «renovated shops, advice and proximity». Capital magazine also points out that «consumers» still appreciate human contact and not just the Internet to prepare for their holidays». Quotidien du Tourisme

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