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French hotel industry: the devastating impact of the Coronavirus

French hotel industry: the devastating impact of the Coronavirus

Already shaken by the Yellow Vest movement and strikes over pension reform, the hotel industry is now, once again, being hit by the global coronavirus pandemic. While it was not directly affected by the closure measures announced by the government on Saturday, 14 March, 2020, the number of closed hotels has continued to rise to over 1,800 yesterday, Sunday, 22 March.

 

The French hotel industry, caught in a vice, is being hit

 

When asked whether hotels were affected by the closure measures announced on 14 March, the Union des Métiers et des Industries de l’Hôtellerie, confused the next day, replied: “Hotel activity does not fall within the scope of this restriction. Hotel rooms are private places that will not be closed unless the government indicates otherwise.

 

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