COVID-19

To boost tourism, France encourages its citizens to travel within the country

Rebecca Rosman Aug 31, 2020
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The beach at the western port city of Saint-Malo, which saw an increase in French travelers in July compared to a year earlier. Rebecca Rosman
COVID-19

To boost tourism, France encourages its citizens to travel within the country

Rebecca Rosman Aug 31, 2020
The beach at the western port city of Saint-Malo, which saw an increase in French travelers in July compared to a year earlier. Rebecca Rosman
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An appeal from France’s tourism industry for citizens to turn their summer holidays into a visit within the country appears to have paid off. According to one survey, 86% of French vacationers opted to explore France this summer, compared to 75% in 2019.

Using the hashtag #CetÉtéJeVisiteLaFrance (#ThisSummerIVisitFrance), the country’s tourism board has invited vacationers to share their localized summer holidays on social media. But the boost in local tourism still won’t be enough to save the entire industry, which makes up 8% of France’s GDP. Analysts are still expecting a loss of up to 40 billion euros, equivalent to about $47 billion, because international tourism is down.

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COVID-19 Economy FAQs

What does the unemployment picture look like?

It depends on where you live. The national unemployment rate has fallen from nearly 15% in April down to 8.4% percent last month. That number, however, masks some big differences in how states are recovering from the huge job losses resulting from the pandemic. Nevada, Hawaii, California and New York have unemployment rates ranging from 11% to more than 13%. Unemployment rates in Idaho, Nebraska, South Dakota and Vermont have now fallen below 5%.

Will it work to fine people who refuse to wear a mask?

Travelers in the New York City transit system are subject to $50 fines for not wearing masks. It’s one of many jurisdictions imposing financial penalties: It’s $220 in Singapore, $130 in the United Kingdom and a whopping $400 in Glendale, California. And losses loom larger than gains, behavioral scientists say. So that principle suggests that for policymakers trying to nudge people’s public behavior, it may be better to take away than to give.

How are restaurants recovering?

Nearly 100,000 restaurants are closed either permanently or for the long term — nearly 1 in 6, according to a new survey by the National Restaurant Association. Almost 4.5 million jobs still haven’t come back. Some restaurants have been able to get by on innovation, focusing on delivery, selling meal or cocktail kits, dining outside — though that option that will disappear in northern states as temperatures fall. But however you slice it, one analyst said, the United States will end the year with fewer restaurants than it began with. And it’s the larger chains that are more likely to survive.

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