France was more affected than the rest of the metropolitan territory, while it usually hosts a third of the nights spent in France. The region was affected by the decline in foreign clientele in upscale hotels and in the business clientele. The Grand Est is the second most affected region with a drop of more than half of overnight stays.
Many hotels were forced to close due to the lack of customers during the first lockdown. While 91% of hotels were still open in March, they were down to 23% in April. For hotels that remained open, the room occupancy rate fell (27% in March 2020, compared to 58% in March 2019). The restrictions having been more flexible during the second lockdown, hotel closures were less important, but the occupancy rate of the rooms remained low (25% in November 2020).
The French went on vacation less often than in previous seasons. With the exception of February, departure rates were lower every month of 2020, including during the summer when France was deconfined.
When they left, the French preferred to spend their holidays in their second homes or with their relatives. These types of accommodation increased during the summer of 2020, and overall they withstood the crisis better with a drop of 12% between 2019 and 2020, against 26% for commercial accommodation (hotels, campsites, rentals between individuals, etc.) . The French have, moreover, traveled much more often within their region.
A summer 2020 supported by French customers and campsites
Tourism activity resumed during the summer of 2020 in hotels, campsites and other collective tourist accommodation (youth hostels, holiday villages, etc.). Driven by French customers, attendance in these accommodations fell to 77% of its summer 2019 level.
The French have more favored outdoor establishments compared to the previous season. Campsite attendance reached 84% of its summer 2019 level, regardless of the level of comfort. Almost two-thirds of overnight stays by foreign tourists in France also took place in campsites (compared to 46% in 2019).