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CORONAVIRUS – Will ski resorts be able to open normally this winter, while France is experiencing a resurgence of coronavirus cases? “At this stage, the scenario of closing ski resorts is not at all on the table,” government spokesman Gabriel Attal assured this Sunday, October 18 on BFMTV.
“Today there are no plans at all for the stations to close,” he said. “You can never exclude anything in principle, but today this is not planned at all”, he added.
But “if ever it should be at one time or another”, Gabriel Attal stated a “guarantee”: “if the French book vacations and the establishment in which they have booked their vacations is administratively closed , obviously they will be reimbursed ”, he warned, as you can see in the video below.
Capturing French holidaymakers
In the midst of the Covid-19 epidemic, ski resorts are preparing for a difficult winter, due to a lack of foreign customers. This represents 28% of the clientele of French resorts, led by the British (9%), followed by Belgians (4%) and Dutch (3%). We must therefore show “voluntarism” to attract French holidaymakers and prevent the collapse of the activity.
In this “uncertain winter”, “last minute bookings will turn into last seconds”, forecast to AFP Jean-Marc Silva, director of France Montagnes, the body responsible for promoting the sector, which also sees announce “requests for short stays and flexibility in the dates to go out of Saturday-Saturday”.
In the great pre-winter vagueness, a point brings together all the players: “No one wants to relive the nightmare of March 14” when the sudden closure of ski resorts was announced, a prelude to the general confinement of the country, indicates Annie Genevard, president of the National Association of Mountain Elected Officials (ANEM).
Several resorts opened this weekend, such as Deux-Alpes or Tignes, in Savoie.
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