Informe semanal de noticias del mercado francés de la Oficina de Turismo de Tenerife en París
Condor: summer flights from Berlin to the Canary Islands, Greece and Italy
The German company Condor announces its establishment at Berlin-Schönefeld airport, with the opening of summer connections to the Canary Islands, Greece and Italy. To the Canary Islands, it will serve Gran Canaria on Wednesdays and Sundays, Fuerteventura on Thursdays and Saturdays, and Tenerife on Mondays and Fridays. A subsidiary of the British tour operator Thomas Cook, which went bankrupt last September, the German company, which specialises in sun and leisure destinations, was narrowly saved by a 380 million euro loan guaranteed by the German state. Air Journal
- Tourism industry and Competitors news:
TripAdvisor’s Top Ten Tourist Experiences by TripAdvisor Community
For the second year in a row, the Colosseum in Rome was voted the most popular experience according to data collected by TripAdvisor. The famous monument is closely followed by the Louvre Museum in Paris. The Vatican Museum ranks third on the list of must-see visits according to travelers.
While European monuments dominate this ranking, two American experiences join them this year alongside the Statue of Liberty in New York. These are the French Quarter of New Orleans and the Willis Tower with the Skydeck Chicago, which are respectively in 7th and 9th place in this world ranking. Quotidien du Tourisme
The SNCF, «Worst company of the year»
In its January 2020 issue, the magazine «60 Million Consumers» lists the worst companies of the year based on customer complaints. The «Cactus d’or» is awarded to SNCF, the successor to the energy group Engie. And what exactly is the SNCF being criticised for? Essentially the reduction in the number of station ticket offices, which lengthens queues (up to more than two hours at Paris Montparnasse), trains that are not punctual. Another grievance against the public company, the new «Avantage» and «Liberté» loyalty cards which hide price increases on tickets. Quotidien du Tourisme
More popular mountain resorts during the Christmas and New Year holidays
According to the National Observatory of Mountain Resorts, over the Christmas and New Year holiday period, mountain resorts recorded a 1.7 point increase in attendance compared to last year, with an average occupancy rate of 85.6%. «With an average occupancy rate of 85.6%, many holidaymakers chose the mountains to enjoy the joys of snow in the resorts during the Christmas and New Year holidays. They were particularly numerous to celebrate the transition to 2020 in the resorts with an occupancy rate that climbed to 92.5% for the New Year week, an increase of 6.2 points,» said Charles-Ange Ginesy, President of the ANMSM (National Association of Mayors of Mountain Resorts). La Quotidienne
- Aviation news:
Air France: call for strike action from Monday by 6 flight crew unions
Pilots and cabin crew unions are calling for a strike next week at Air France, rejecting the government’s proposals on the CRPN that had led other organisations to suspend their notice periods. The SNGAF representing flight attendants and stewards of the French national airline called for a strike movement from 6 to 9 January 2020 «and more if necessary», with other organisations bringing forward different dates and more or less limited The pension reform project remains at the heart of their demands, and in particular the future of the CRPN (Pension Fund for Flight Crews, which is autonomous and has 5 billion euros in reserves) under the new universal system. The SNGAF (Syndicat des Navigants du Groupe Air France, second among cabin crew) explains in a press release that the government «is determined to put an end to the CRPN. The privatization of our old days is under way». Air Journal
Which routes are most affected by air delays?
More than 3 million passengers were affected last year by air delays, cancellations or overbooking. Even though France has seen few social movements in the air industry in 2019, the damage suffered by passengers remains significant. Air Indemnité, a company specialised in compensating air passengers, has just delivered its annual report* on air traffic.
3 most punctual companies
Lufthansa German Airlines: 0.41%.
Top 3 least punctual airlines
Air India: 6.31%.
Aigle Azur: 5.22%.
- Tour operators and travel agents news:
Travel agencies ex-Thomas Cook France: the 13th month of discord
The buyers of the French travel agencies of British giant Thomas Cook are facing an unprecedented slingshot. They have to regularise the payment of the 13th month’s payment of the travel agencies taken over and also deal with their own agencies’ challenges in the interests of fairness. At present, the buyers of the travel agencies (i.e. the Salaün Holidays group, Havas, Selectour, Sainte Claire and Karavel-Promovacances among others) are opposing this decision and have decided to appeal (the judgement will take place on 20 March), considering these «gifts» to be disproportionate and above all in contradiction with their own policy of motivating employees. La Quotidienne