As the summer travel season approaches, the French adopt motorhome as a practical way to travel without having to worry about sanitation problems linked to the coronavirus in public transport or in hotels.
Even before the current crisis, the camper vans have already been surprisingly popular in France, a country with a reputation for strong public transport and the SNCF train station network that enables travellers to travel the country on the fast Tgv train. By the end of 2019, there were 505,000 camping cars registered in France, with a population estimated at 2 million in Europe.
After several strong years, the industry is seeing the sale and rental of accelerate.
According to the French government, 3,529 camping cars or vans were sold in May, up 1.9% compared to May 2019. This figure is even more impressive given these sales occurred in just three weeks after the government began to lift the coronavirus and the locking of some parts of the country.
But campervans are not cheap. The average sold in France cost of 45 000 euros (50 000 dollars). This is a great stretch in a country where the average household income is $31,304, according to the OECD statistics.
Until now, more people are turning to the rental. National radio station RTL reports that rents are up 50% in May compared to last year.
These camping cars provides the peace-of-mind for those who venture outdoors this summer. While France seems to have flattened its coronavirus rate through a severe two-month lockout, officials continue to remind residents that the virus continues to circulate and continue to take precautions.
While hotels and B&Bs in trying to highlight the health measures they take to accommodate visitors, the camping car to let people control their environment without having to worry about large crowds.
In Addition, after having been stuck at home for several weeks, the desire to see France in the countryside
“There is a craze for the uninitiated,” Caroline Matichard, of the Federation of Campers, Caravans and motorhome Drivers (FFCC), said Capital.fr. “People say that with a campervan, no worries, I respect the social distance.”
One of the largest camping-car agencies in France is Opinion. Anthony Vaucher, director, Avis Car Away, said Capital.fr the daily rates for reservations has doubled since the end of isolation compared to last year.
But this most recent boom are still unable to make up the time lost within two months of the business, he added. The containment included the Easter holiday, as well as a month period of school holidays, which normally sees the French to travel a lot.
And while France has begun to open its borders, the tourism industry is not to bet on a large number of Europeans coming to the country this summer. This loss will be compounded by the inability of tourists from the united States and China, traditionally, two of the largest sources of visitors to enter the country.
“We’re going to have a great season in France, but it is not going to be sufficient to meet our objectives for the year,” he said.