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In Corsica, has the disenchantment of holidaymakers been confirmed in the off-season?

2023-11-18T07:16:51.393Z

Highlights: In Corsica, has the disenchantment of holidaymakers been confirmed in the off-season? Several factors are thought to explain this decline, from the heat that has diverted holidaymakers to the north to the increase in rates. Hoteliers are the first to be affected.. Tourists did not shun Corsica during this summer season, but they consumed differently. Around 7 million people flew or took a boat to Corsica from April to the end of October. It remains to be seen whether the trend will continue in 2024...


Several factors are thought to explain this decline, from the heat that has diverted holidaymakers to the north to the increase in rates. Hoteliers are the first to be affected.


Tourists did not shun Corsica during this summer season, but they consumed differently. According to the statistics of traffic in the island's ports and airports provided by the CCI (Chamber of Commerce and Industry), the island has only seen a 2% drop in the number of passengers compared to 2022. The figure drops to 1% compared to 2019. Around 7 million people flew or took a boat to Corsica from April to the end of October. "This year has been catastrophic for those who respect the rules," says César Filippi, president of GHR Corsica, the island's hotel and restaurant group. There is unfair competition. We are talking about 180,000 beds for the classic accommodation offer against 600,000 for the para-hotel. Traffic statistics at ports and airports cannot be relied upon as they take into account passengers travelling back and forth. Lies.

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The GHR, which represents 300 members, is due to meet soon with Bruno Le Maire, the Minister of the Economy, on this subject. "Corsica has disappeared from the radar screens because of poor communication. Many companies have gone out of business," the organization said. According to Olivia Grégoire, Minister Delegate for Tourism, who gave an assessment of the season to the press, at least 10% of the clientele has turned away from traditional hotels for rentals. At the same time, it announced a 15% drop in occupancy in island hotels. Several factors are involved according to her: "the heat that has diverted holidaymakers to the north of France but also prices with increases due to inflation or abuses on rates."

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A good off-season

And if Corsica is having a good off-season, it is not enough to save the whole: "We are far from the goal," confides Cesar Filippi. " Everything is being rented out under the table and the local tourist fabric is being destabilised." The observation is the same for all the tourist territories of the island. Starting with Balagne: "There was a good off-season, but it doesn't make up for this summer's figures," says Jean-Baptiste Ceccaldi, president of the Calvi-Balagne tourist office. The drop in attendance varies between 8 and 12% in our country compared to 2022. Occupancy rates in conventional hotel accommodation in high season are not good. This is a far cry from the 100% we achieved in the past. We're running at 70%. Furnished tourist accommodation must beregulated.

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The elected official also criticises the communication carried out by the Corsican tourism agency (ATC) before the season. TAC has decided to stop promoting its destination and notable sites for the summer season. This is nonsense for Jean-Baptiste Ceccaldi: "If we want to focus on autumn and spring, we need to communicate about these two seasons. But we shouldn't communicate negatively about the high season. The occupancy rates in the summer do not allow us to make announcements of this kind."

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Angèle Bastiani, the president of the Corsican tourism agency, brushed aside these criticisms by our colleagues at Corse-Matin: "I don't deny it, we have had feedback from professionals who are alarmed by a drop in their bookings and turnover this summer. Nevertheless, socio-professionals do not form a uniform bloc. Some have had a successful season, some have complained, some criticise our policy, and some approve of it." The truth lies somewhere in between: "We can't talk about a catastrophic year," says Jean-Baptiste Ceccaldi. " But rather a mixed season." It remains to be seen whether the trend will continue in 2024...

Source: lefigaro

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