Strong fall demand for lodges, Airbnbs and overseas travel from France

The Gîtes de France have recorded strong bookings for the mid-season October holidays, with 41% of accommodation already booked (+ 10% in 2019 and 6% in 2020) and 15% reserved in November (+ 6% in 2019 and 8%). on 2020).

The All Saints holidays begin on October 23 in France and schools resume on November 8.

Workers also have two November public holidays to plan, Monday 1 (All Saints’ Day) and Thursday 11 (Armistice 1918).

The majority of bed and breakfast reservations were made in coastal and rural areas, with the five most popular regions being Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Brittany, Occitanie, Normandy and New Aquitaine.

Most bookings are for family groups of four or more for a week, but bookings for the long weekends of November 1 and 11 are also popular.

Airbnb also reported that domestic vacations are on the rise in France this fall, with unusual rentals with access to water among the most sought after.

This includes boats, houseboats and properties with sea, lake and river views.

The five most popular departments for Airbnb bookings in France for the weekend of November 1 are:

  1. Lot-et-Garonne, New Aquitaine

  2. Indre, Loire Valley Center

  3. Ardennes, Grand Est

  4. Cantal, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes

  5. Aisne, Hauts-de-France

Demand for international travel is increasing

The French have also booked more domestic and international flights for travel this fall compared to 2020, travel technology company Amadeus reported.

For November 2021, demand for domestic flights is up 44% and international flights by 200% compared to 12 months ago, with the most popular international destinations being Spain, Italy, Morocco, Greece and the United Arab Emirates.

Compared to last year, searches for flights from Paris to Milan increased by 200% and from Paris to Rome by 166%.

There is also renewed interest in flights to the United States, as the borders are expected to reopen in November, with searches for flights between Paris and New York up 140%.

Read more: US announces border opening date for vaccinated visitors from EU and UK

Commercial Director of Amadeus France, Bertrand Poey, noted: “The love of people for travel is still there. With the decrease in restrictions, we are seeing an increase in international travel with twice as many bookings in September as last year. “

Popular last minute bookings

Hotel reservations in France for the All Saints holiday are currently at just 33% occupancy, but industry insiders are taking this as a sign that people are waiting to make last-minute reservations.

The director of eDreams Odigeo France, a subsidiary of Opodo, Benoît Crespin, declared Progress: “Throughout 2021, 35% or more bookings were made within 15 days of travel. Two or three weeks in advance, people have visibility into the health situation. ”

Conditions are also now easier to book last-minute trips, he said. “Covid has brought a lot of flexibility: you can exchange tickets, change the name on the booking. Airlines are much more flexible than before.

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