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An “encouraging summer” for Club Med according to its CEO

2021-08-23T13:35:12.122Z

The president of Club Med Henri Giscard d'Estaing forecasts the summer balance sheet slightly "down" compared to 2019.



The summer has been “

encouraging”

for Club Med with more than 40 open villages out of 65 around the world, a “strong” American market and a

“well-distributed”

French market

, according to its boss Henri Giscard d'Estaing.

“It's an encouraging summer”,

he declared on Europe 1.

“It's not yet an easy summer since we have certainly been able to open a little more than 40 Club Meds around the world, but there are two years it was 51 ”

, he qualified.

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In 2019, Club Med was only able to open 27 villages.

"The market which has recovered the strongest is the American market",

assured Henri Giscard d'Estaing.

The French market has also

“started again”

according to him, with a

“powerful restart in May and June”

and

“last minute”

reservations

throughout the summer.

"This summer the proportion of foreigners has dropped by 5 points in our case compared to what it was two years ago,"

he said.

"It is essential to bring foreigners back to France"

, according to Henri Giscard d'Estaing who does not intend to

"cut prices".

Reduced capacities

Overall, attendance at Club Med this summer will be

"down compared to 2019 but to a limited extent

," he said without giving any figures.

"There are villages that we have not been able to open and villages that we have not been able to keep open",

underlined Henri Giscard d'Estaing. In particular, Club Med had to close its village in Martinique because of the epidemic peak in the French Antilles.

"Our capacity over the summer, worldwide, is 25% lower than it was two years ago,"

said the boss of Club Med.

For the winter season, Henri Giscard d'Estaing believes that

"with the sanitary pass and all the precautions taken for two years, there are all reasons for the mountain to be open".

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Very affected by the Covid-19 pandemic which put a stop to tourism, the pioneer of French village-clubs - the first of which opened in the 1950s -, owned by the Chinese conglomerate Fosun, had seen its activity drop by 58% in 2020.

Source: lefigaro

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