Tourism in Corsica: mixed atmosphere in the hotels and restaurants of the island

lawyers were present in island. Obviously, many of them have had to adapt their programs and spending to the context. inflationary and limit them expenses as needed. A notable trend in hotels as well as restaurants.

The season looked bright for island tourism professionals. The weeks of July did not confirm the trend, according to the land mid-term report.

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Benoît Chaudron, Vice President of the Umih de Corse Hospitality and Industry Union, has a very mixed start to the season.

He needs, as proof, opportunities that didn’t really exist. Restaurants and hotels are not full at the moment. “At this time of the year, it is usually very difficult to find a room for the upcoming night or a table for an evening in a restaurant by the sea, but this year this has not happened yet“.

He also emphasizes the highly random nature of the activity, “with days with and days without. It doesn’t unfold linearly. We are always on the lookout”he analyzes.

But there are definitely tourists. This was felt by both specialists and the population, and the conclusion is unequivocal. “There are people on the streets, on the roads. The beaches are full. We feel that tourists have arrived, but they are not consuming.”we noticed.

Increase in air and sea transportation

The increased figures for the number of passengers carried by air and sea support the quantification. “At the beginning of the summer season, that is, between 1uh In June and 24 July, our Bastia and Calvi airports carried 429,473 passengers, an increase of 16% over last year. “, we observe from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Corsica.

In Ajaccio Campo del Oro, according to the first estimates made, we should reach 260,000 passengers carried in July, an increase of 13% compared to 2019, the last year before Covid-19 and therefore also the year “link” to assess the extent of recovery.

Growth is also on the agenda in Figari, with 184,000 passengers forecast, up 28% from 2019. Maritime passenger transport is also on the right track, even if the sector is not recovering to pre-crisis levels. “ Between 1uh On June 24 and July 24, 359,175 people transited through the ports of Ajaccio, Porto Vecchio, Bonifacio and Propriano. There were 307,588 in 2021 and 364,250 in 2019 over the same time period.” we celebrate in the ICC.

The surge in passenger traffic recorded in June at the berths in Bastia and Lisul continues. In June 2022, the two ports of Upper Corsica recorded a 74% increase in passenger traffic. In July, passenger numbers are estimated at 489,960, up 19% from 413,393 in 2021, data yet to be consolidated.

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Except that the influx of tourists seems to greatly benefit from furnished tourist accommodation offered night, day, week and, in many cases, wild. Drift is known and quantified, at least in general terms. A survey conducted among passengers by the maritime company Corsica Linea at the request of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Corsica is instructive on this issue. Thus, 88% of the travelers surveyed plan to spend at least a week on the island between April and August. 70% of them will not go to a hotel, campsite or gîte de France.

In 2022, hoteliers and restaurateurs will have to deal with para-commercial offers and the sometimes unfair competition they generate, as well as a very noticeable change in behavior. ” We are seeing the last minute booking phenomenon. Each week builds on the previous one. We no longer have, as before, visibility after three months, ” commented by Benoit Chaudron. August, he said, should not deviate from the movement. We will, without a doubt, fill our establishments on August 10 for 15, August 15 for 20. Therefore, it is difficult to make accurate forecasts at this stage. We can only foresee a very correct trend“, he continues. Especially since the summer of 2022 coincides with the return of foreign, Italian and German customers, “good news, even if it’s just a reboot‘, by all accounts.

“We’re on a rope”

Meanwhile, Julyists on the island tend to limit their spending, especially since most of their budget is for transport, especially maritime. “This year, several hundred euros were spent on boat tickets. We must offset these additional costs elsewhere.“, – say the restaurateurs of the Ayachchan region. In these conditions, it is logical, we saved on catering, excursions and other leisure activities. And before stepping under the restaurant table, they took care”take a close look at the menu and compare it with the menu of a nearby restaurant”noted by restoration professionals.

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Vacationers are adapting to inflation, as are sector players who have made their choice so far.” cut their margins. In fact, in hotels and restaurants, prices for food and drinks, as well as for rooms, have changed little compared to inflation.“.

In 2022, the amount of the envelope – revised upwards – dedicated to the payroll is also not taken into account.All salaries have been raised. This is good news for our employees, but not necessarily for our regular customers. At some point this will affect the rates charged.“, – experts estimate. They, moreover, are at the forefront of the global labor shortage.

The labor market this year is very difficult in terms of seasonal and permanent vacancies. We’re a bit on the edge.”recognizes Vice President Umih.

And, when the staff became too small, we had to close our restaurant for one or even two days during the high season, or not offer all the services in our hotel. This is the case with a quarter of the island establishments.

On average, vacationers in July stayed from 9 to 10 days in club hotels and 3 days in the same hotel establishment. The current model now gives pride of place to families with young children and the homeless. We cross the island from north to south and from east to west.

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