Nicolas Dayot recalls that campsites generate 80% of their turnover in summer. It will depend on the health protocol which remains to be specified.
“We can save the furniture, even if it is a season that will be slightly degraded compared to usual performance”, estimates Monday June 1 on franceinfo Nicolas Dayot, the president of the national Federation of the open air hotel business, on the eve of the second stage of the deconfinement. He recalls that the campsites realize 80% of their annual turnover in July / August. He awaits clarification on the health rules and the formalization of the protocol.
franceinfo: Are the campsites ready to reopen?
Nicolas Dayot: Not all campsites will reopen tomorrow. We are awaiting the finalization and formalization of the health protocol. We were auditioned last week by the High Council for Public Health, so things are going well. But there are still small details pending. We had important details about the pools. We are still missing the rules of the game on cleaning rental accommodation. We have some leads, but today, what we are waiting for is formalization, since it is important to protect yourself legally by the official formalization of the protocol when you open the establishment. Some campsites therefore wait to know the rules of the game before opening, and others who have a lot of equipment need to restart the machine and will be ready in ten days.
What will a camping holiday look like?
Admittedly, the holidays of this year will be a little different: one thinks of the gathering places, the animations.
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Perhaps we can imagine a transposition of the rules of catering to entertainment, with groups of people from the same family who are well separated from each other, seated around the tables, to listen to the music group which is playing on a stage. On the rest, whether it is rental accommodation and mobile homes, chalets, camping pitches that are well distant from each other, the toilet block whose process has been well finalized so that traffic is organized inside, that the cleaning procedures are well worked out, the reception (…), the number of people will undoubtedly be limited inside, but that will not fundamentally change the rules of life. In reality, camping holidays this year will go very well, a bit like every year, with slightly different health rules, with internal regulations that will be transformed by adding additional articles on health security. .
But for the rest, the fundamentals will be present.
But will we need more employees when there is a risk of having fewer customers?
Business expenses will certainly increase this summer. More staff will be needed to clean up. It will take more staff to explain. There is a Covid-19 referent who will be designated in each of the establishments, who will often be the manager himself, but who could be an employee. It is possible that attendance, and it is even probable, decreases compared to normal years. But it is an effort that all companies will make to guarantee optimal health security for all customers.
Have you quantified the loss of turnover at the national level?
We are perhaps less impacted than other sectors since we realize 80% of our turnover in July / August and we were reassured by what was said last week, because we have a date , because the pools are going to be open, because foreigners will probably still be able to come back a little. I think that on July / August, we will not lose turnover that much. We risk losing 20%, but it’s crystal ball, we can’t know. We lost spring, like many business sectors, but spring represents only 10% of the annual turnover of campsites on average. So, compared to what the restoration can experience, which is much more impacted, I think that we can save the furniture, even if it is a season that is going to be a little degraded compared to the usual performances.