2008: a tough second half for hotels, a reasonably satisfactory season for camping grounds

Brigitte Doguet, DGCIS, Frédéric Tardieu, division Services, Insee

The 2008 economic downswing does not seem to have affected the camping season in France: attendance was up slightly on 2007, driven by the performance of camping sites offering light-frame accommodation for campers. By contrast, the first effects of the crisis in the hotel industry were visible by August, and persisted until year-end. The greatest shortfall concerned foreign visitors, particularly in three- and four-star hotels, whose installed capacity is still increasing as a result of investments made in recent years. Occupancy rates therefore declined more steeply at the high end than in lower categories, where supply is tightening.

Insee Première
No 1232
Paru le : 28/04/2009