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France Will Gradually Lift Measures and Restore Tourism

The presidents of the Travel Companies (Jean-Pierre Mas) and the Tour Operators Union (René-Marc Chikli) which represent 3,500 companies that employ 35,000 people said that they do not anticipate a resumption of concrete activity of tourism given the current state of border closure before 2021.

According to them, their activity gradually waned during the first quarter, while during the March has been completely arrested since mid-March. They said that the activity will remain very limited during the summer, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

“Without the slightest receipt, our companies continue to assist their customers, take care of their repatriations, issue credit notes, manage particularly complex relationships with airlines which have freed themselves from the application of European regulation 261/2004” the presidents pointed out.

They also said that contrary to President Macron’s wish ‘no revenue, no charges’, they continue to support, on average, 40% of the payroll, actually occupied in non-productive operations, without any revenue in return.

On May 11, France has planned to lift its lockdown measures, but the government clarified that the process would happen gradually.

Secretary of State to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs in France, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, said that as for now it is too early to give a perspective and cannot provide answers to Frech citizens who wish to organize summer holidays.

He also advised France citizens to be patient because the virus still needs to be fought.

The presidents of the Travel Companies (Jean-Pierre Mas) and the Tour Operators Union (René-Marc Chikli) have also introduced five proposals to support the tourism and travel sector, which you can find below:

  • Identification as a priority and legitimate sector, without procrastination and complexity, with enhanced access to the EMP and to partial activity;
  • The establishment of a fund allocated to the payment of rents from private lessors, when necessary and the salaries of employees actually at work until the resumption of activity. These employees working today also have a social role and maintain contact with customers who cannot remain without a contact person in the cancellation and postponement procedures;
  • The cancellation or exemption of social security and fiscal charges, retroactively since March and of property contributions from companies. The cancellation of social charges will be decisive to facilitate the resumption of activity;
  • The early reimbursement of the CICE for the years 2017 and 2018;
  • The merger of the years 2019 and 2020 in terms of calculating the IS in order to reduce the cash flow of companies subject to the IS without degrading the revenue of public finances: carryover of the IS 2019 balance (payable on May 20, 2020) and cancellation of IS 2020 instalments as a result of the loss of activity in 2020. source schengenvisainfo

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