PARIS, France (eTN) – Some external factors, such as terrorism or the fear to take a plane following a series of spectacular accidents, the latest being the crash of a Germanwings aircraft in the French Alps, is having an effect on the mindset of French travelers.
Easter or spring holidays will not see a massive rush on foreign destinations according to consulting company Protourisme. Director Didier Arino delivered to some radios and newspapers the trends for French travelers right now.
France holidaymakers continue to cut their budget due to multiple factors, including a weak economy with a high number of unemployed people.
Most of the French are consequently favoring domestic destinations. According to Protourisme, short stays between three and five days, or a stay at friends or in family circles, will reduce the budget to an average of €117 per day and per household.
According to websites tracking bookings, the most favorite destinations for this spring time are Britanny, Poitou-Charentes in the Southwest, la Rochelle city, and the Isle of Ré. Other popular destinations are some ski resorts and the country side, especially with a strong rural identity – Périgord for example. These destinations have a reputation to offer good value for money as well as favorable weather conditions during this time of the year.
The losers are overseas destinations, particularly North Africa, strongly affected by the recent terrorist attack on Tunisia national museum in Tunis. It is further reinforced by the fact of feeling unsecured when traveling by air.
Two websites – Trivago.fr and Abritel – however, indicate that some European cities continue to attract French travelers for short stays. This is the case especially for London, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Venice, and Lisbon.