In France it is true that the health crisis who has not yet finished putting an end to it, has once again been invited this summer, in the French travel plans. So much so that she them messe greatly. The summer of 2021 is therefore likely to take place again under the shadow of Dame Covid.
This year again, the French have preferred France to more than 54% for their holidays. Never mind ! it should be possible to go on vacation this summer, beyond the French territory with regard to the borders which one by one, reopen despite countries continuing to impose some restrictions such as quarantine or a health pass to tourists wishing to visit them .
Morocco reopened its borders on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. On the two lists set up with different access rules in order to know which travelers are authorized or not on Moroccan soil and under which conditions, the French are part of list A and must therefore, to travel in the Kingdom, present a vaccination certificate and / or a negative result of a PCR test of less than 48 hours.
Moreover, with five of the most sought-after cities, it appears, as the flagship destination, in a good position in the top ten tour operators, reports the online travel comparator KAYAK.fr. With three cities on the podium, Casablanca, Marrakech and Oujda and Fez which carries it our cities are ahead of two Spanish cities Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca, the Portuguese capital Lisbon, Agadir comes in eighth position, then Athens and finally Luca (Malta). If the summer of 2020 was rather blue-white-red, the coming weeks could mark the great return of holidays abroad, the comparator tells us and shamelessly advance that Morocco is unanimous among the French.
According to the research carried out on its site during the month of June, it places four Moroccan cities at the top of the research (Casablanca, Marrakech, Oujda and Fez). It is because to stroll on the corniche of Casablanca, to get lost in the alleys of Marrakech or to visit the old medina of Fez, Morocco does not ask so much, the only two conditions mentioned above are required. Of course, competing countries such as Spain, Portugal, Greece, Italy, Croatia and Malta are among the favorite destinations of the French, but for all that, the Maghreb is not to be outdone.
The average summer vacation budget in these regions is around € 1,500, or 26% less than in 2020 and the average length of stay is 2.1 weeks, like last year, compared to 1.8 weeks. on average in Europe. Morocco being in the cheapest case coming well after, Algeria, Mauritania and Tunisia.
However, the specialized site Best Destinations in Europe revealed in February 2021 that the most popular cities in Europe for this summer were Braga (Portugal), Rome, Cavtat (Croatia) or Florence. But in view of the lack of enthusiasm in terms of reservations, it is a safe bet that the French would once again head for a blue white red summer or to fall back on the four Maghreb countries which offer great holiday prospects. compared to the destinations of the Old Continent.
Indeed, in France in mid-May in terms of reservations, 66% had not booked, 34% had not chosen a destination at all and 36% wanted to book at the last minute. This can be explained by the uncertainty linked to Covid-19 and the health protocols that could be put in place in the different destinations and the spread of the Indian variant which has been invited this summer, raising fears of a third wave in the global level.
But if, 54% of respondents intend to stay in France, this is not unique to France, this trend is felt at the European level since 61% of Italians and a little more than half of Spaniards surveyed count also stay in their country this summer.