Informe semanal de noticias del mercado francés de la Oficina de Turismo de Tenerife en París
Thomas Cook France: we finally know the names of the buyers!
In total: 149 branches were taken over out of 174 and 348 jobs were saved. 195 positions were eliminated, including 137 at the Clichy headquarters. The takeover of the activities by the purchasers has been set for December 1, 2019. And it is therefore the grouped offer of Le Vacon, Havas Voyages, SN Agences (Salaün Holidays), Charles SAS (Fram), Navitour Voyages (Sainte-Claire) and Esprit de Voyages that has obtained the most favour from the judge. Together, they acquired a total of 141 branches and the BtoC group activity. Tour Hebdo
- Tourism industry and Competitors news
How BO2 wants to create a major tourism exhibition in Bordeaux in 2020
Olivier Bertolino, creator of BO2, a trade show creation agency with a focus on tourism and travel, is expanding the number of trade shows in the region. He has just announced the creation of the first Voyages et Cultures exhibition in Bordeaux at Château Labottières on 10 and 11 October 2020. But before that, the 6th Tourism and Heritage Fair will be held on 28 and 29 March in Aix en Provence (Cité du Livre) and the 3rd Franco-Swiss Travel Fair in Evian (Palais Lumière) on 11 and 12 April. «Each show adopts a theme related to the region, which is well targeted to customers and ensures the success of this type of show,» says Olivier Bertolino. La Quotidienne
Environment, social networks, personalization: the new expectations of French travellers
61% of French travellers would like to know holiday destinations with a lower ecological impact. This is revealed in an Amadeus study on travellers’ expectations, entitled «Digital Footprints: Discovering online traveler needs in France». The survey was conducted by the Opinium survey institute from August 28 to September 3, 2019, among 1,005 French adults who went on vacation last year and used an online travel agency.
To prepare their holidays, the French start their research 4 months in advance, for a trip of less than 10 days, and 5 months in advance for longer stays. Travellers generally consult 3 websites for the purchase of flights only, and 4 for a «flights + hotel» package. Echo Touristique
London and New York, Popular Holiday Destinations
In Europe, London is the favourite destination for a holiday getaway. Despite Brexit, the English capital comes first, ahead of Amsterdam, Lisbon, Prague and Porto. Portugal has 2 destinations in the top 5. On long-haul flights New York leads unsurprisingly ahead of Marrakech, Bangkok, Pointe-à-Pitre and Montreal. This classification was carried out on the French site of Kayak, Kayak.fr for stays from 21/12/2019 to 03/01/2020 and for research carried out between 01.09.2019 and 29.10.2019. Business Travel
Trends: Will the social networking landscape change in 2020?
The creator of Facebook did not limit himself to the famous wall, but later bought Instagram and Whatsapp. Indeed, after having been downloaded more than 663 million times in 2018, Tik Tok the Chinese social network even surpassed Instagram (only 444 million downloads that same year), while Facebook keeps the lead (711 million downloads). Thus, to avoid ending up with fewer users, because having had enough of seeing pictures of beaches and turquoise water, while they are in the middle of La Défense in Paris, it will probably be necessary to rethink its digital presence. Publish less, but better by «awakening their interest in the opportunities available to them in the real world.» TourMag
- Aviation news
When the French Senate flies to the rescue of French companies
As part of the review of the 2020 Finance Bill, the Senate adopted several amendments in favour of the air transport sector. On the night of Monday to Tuesday, senators decided to help French companies and compensate, against the government’s advice, for the increase in the eco-contribution on airline tickets. While retaining the eco-contribution, the senators voted for an amendment that reduces civil aviation tax rates by €72 million, which has the effect of «offsetting the effect of the new tax». They have also created an over-damping mechanism for the purchase of cleaner aircraft to assist companies in their transition. Echo Touristique
- Tour operators and travel agents news
Thomas Cook: after the bankruptcy, British pros want to review payment rules
The bankruptcy of Thomas Cook had consequences for many tourism professionals, particularly British tour operators. This is why The Association of ATOL Companies (AAC), which brings together many travel operators, calls on agencies and suppliers to agree «as a matter of urgency» on a new balance payment scheme to better protect its members.
According to Travel Weekly, Thomas Cook offered end customers a 5% discount in August and September in exchange for full payment of the amount for their trips, sometimes up to 9 months later. «A practice that cannot continue,» says Alan Bowen, AAFC legal counsel, at the risk of tour operators «seeking to increase their direct sales. Echo Touristique