Despite inflation, the French intend to enjoy their holidays this summer, even if it means reducing certain expenses or reducing the length of stay. According to a Europe Assistance barometer, three out of four French people will travel this summer but "with a budget under surveillance". 26% want to spend their holidays with friends or family (compared to 21% of Europeans).
The site for renting accommodation between individuals Abritel notes a 25% increase compared to last year in searches on the North-West coast, from Pas-de-Calais to Loire-Atlantique. There are cheaper accommodations, and this part of the coastline was less affected by the heat wave last year.
Increase in bookings at the beginning of July and the end of August
Of the 25 million French people who will leave in July and August in a rental, six million "have a declining budget," says Didier Arino. "Those who have to make trade-offs leave either for a shorter period of time or less far away or are still looking for the right plan, for promotion," says the tourism specialist.
Tourism professionals are also noticing an increase in bookings for early July and the last week of August, periods when rates are lower than other weeks. For trips outside France, the Union of Tour Operating Companies (Seto) noted in May bookings up 35.6% with Greece, the Balearic Islands and Tunisia as favorite destinations. "We have never had so many people tell us that if they work, it is to be able to go on holiday," says Didier Arino.
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