What Will Happen to the English Consumers of the French Mountains after March 29?
Like most economic sectors, the French mountain wonders and prepares for a possible exit of Europe from Great Britain on March 29th where the British clientele is the first foreign clientele of the French resorts.
Hard, soft, soft … In recent weeks we use almost as many qualifiers to imagine the Brexit as to distinguish the quality of the fresh snow fallen in abundance in the resorts. Brexit hard, plan B or postponement of the exit, what kind of agreement on the withdrawal will be finally endorsed? Like the press releases issued in January by Matignon and Medef, the French economy is getting organized to prepare for the worst.
Many sectors are concerned about the financial consequences of this divorce. Starting with tourism and especially the French mountains where 9% of skier days are sold to British (DSF figures), a percentage which is multiplied up to 4 or 5 in some resorts! “Great Britain has about 1.2 million skiers and France is number 1 with 33.5% of the market,” says Jean-Marc Silva, General Manager of France Montagnes.
A clientele that could be cooled, at least in the first time, if the re-establishment of the borders was adopted (Hard Brexit) and the time to the customs and the formalities of passage lengthened.
Benoit Tavernier, member of Intersport, Morzine, Avoriaz, and Les Gets and owner of a cottage rented to an English company, is in the first lodges in the French mountains. ” We are one of the first passenger destinations for London / Geneva flights. There is a very large British community, of customers and residents partly in the year. They are mostly against Brexit. The rules of the exit which will be negotiated constitute a huge stake for us in the resort. The English are pretty phlegmatic you know. We still feel less careless here on the subject. I did not notice any signs of a drop-in attendance, or any factual evidence suggesting panic. I feel a confidence in the human intelligence. However, it is quite exceptional to see so many uncertainties so close to the date. That makes me think of the bug announced in the year 2000. Wait & See “he explains.
“The 18/19 season is assured, notes Martine Achard, in charge of international markets at France Montagne. But the next season is now decided for tour operators and at the end of Grand Ski, everything is still unclear. Uncertainty creates more timely choices. “
Tour Operators & Catered Chalets, English Habits
British specificity due in particular to the insularity and its national currency, “2/3 of the British skiers reserve their stay in intermediation thus via a tour operator” specifies Jean-Marc Silva. A positive point probably for these foreign tourists who see a possibly more complex organization partly supported by their TO.
On the other hand, another peculiarity, the English are fond of offers “Catered Chalets” ie cottages with services, “the staff was under English contract with attractive salaries compared to the French social law and it will not be possible in case of Brexit “. Several options are possible depending on whether there is a withdrawal agreement or not. The Irish and Irish passport holders, therefore European citizens, should be quite sought after for these service trades.
An Adaptation of their Consumption Vs a Postponement of Stay
What about the purchasing power of this important clientele who will also find themselves faced with an expected devaluation of the book? “We lived this already in the 2000s, recalls Jean-Marc Silva. The book had lost 20% but the English show a great ability to adapt in their consumption without depriving themselves of their stay in the mountains. “
While waiting for the outcome of this announced Brexit, a 100% digital campaign is currently being conducted in England, as well as in Belgium and Holland, for families, Millenials and Dink (Double Income no Kids). ” This campaign with Auvergne-Rhône Alpes, Atout France, Savoie Mont Blanc, Isère Tourism and Easyjet amounts to almost € 500,000. “Says Jean-Marc Silva who wants to be confident. “The British love our destination deeply. “
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And here is a summary of a report by LISTEX on the State of the UK Snowsports Market. The US had it first National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Day with 6,200 lessons given. You can check which ones are the most expensive ski resorts in the USA.
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