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Covid-19: "I prefer a health pass to a confinement", says the CEO of Voyageurs du monde


Jean-François Rial defended this device to avoid closing tourist activities already weakened by the health crisis.

Decried by part of the population as political staff, the health pass is nevertheless an effective tool, making it possible to maintain tourist activity despite the progression of the epidemic, according to professionals in the sector.


France Inter

, this Saturday morning, the CEO of Voyageurs du monde thus defended this device, believing that it made it possible to "

avoid closing

" activities.


I prefer a health pass to confinement,

" said Jean-François Rial.

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The implementation of this tool did not limit the trips of foreign tourists, he judged: "

this is not so much the problem

", but the "


" of reservations observed in May and June is is gradually fading, as concerns about the Delta variant have grown.


People [...] enroll least [...] and


e rush is about to fall sharply

," noted Jean-Francois Rial.

At this stage, there is "

no cancellation

", but a drop in reservations, therefore.

Voyageurs du monde has observed a similar trend in its activity: since mid-May, bookings "

had picked up at an extremely high level, above registrations over the same period in 2019

". But this trend gradually eased, as the Delta variant spread across the territory, without going as far as cancellations. Since then, "

we have fallen back into a worrying lethargy

," lamented the businessman. Jean-François Rial suggested to travelers looking for places to visit in August to favor departures from Europe, Polynesia, Tanzania or Mexico. "

You can go anywhere in the world, except Asia

" and the United States, which should welcome European tourists again "

in September, October

”, declared Jean-François Rial.


The health pass will, in the medium term, jump

" for certain activities in France, such as museums and restaurants, when vaccination has progressed, said the boss of VDM.

Conversely, injections will become essential to be able to travel, according to him.


you are not vaccinated, you will not be able to travel,

” he predicted.

In the campsites, the arrival of the sanitary pass is going "

relatively well


Asked on the same radio, the boss of Unaparel (National Union of campsites and residential leisure parks) estimated that the implementation of the sanitary pass in the campsites, since Wednesday, went "

relatively well

". Only certain facilities, such as swimming pools or theaters, require the presentation of the pass, but the sector preferred to ask users to present it once, on arrival at the campsite, allowing them to be "


" on the day. rest of their stay there. In addition, the pass controls are "

not at all complicated

", thanks to the TousAntiCovidVérif application, and they are "

very fast

": the inconvenience is therefore minor for holidaymakers.

For the time being, establishments are observing "

very few

" cancellations, commented Sylvie Henry. But foreign tourists are still few. The next challenge for campsites will be to manage to vaccinate their staff by the end of August. "

It's a bit surreal,

" sighed the representative of Unaparel, stressing that the employees were often young seasonal workers, a population still relatively unvaccinated.

Source: lefigaro

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