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EDV Congress: betting on unity to prepare for the future

The EDV congress has just ended. This first “new world” convention, the one after Covid, gave an entire profession the opportunity to meet, finally face-to-face, to learn from the past and prepare for a recomposed future.

Jean Pierre Mas, president of EDV, sets the course:

  • To strenghten the attractiveness of our businesses by highlighting the expertise of travel agencies. It was true before, but it is more so today as the pandemic complicates travel of all kinds.
  • Accelerate digitalization of the profession to cross paths with consumers who have just learned the joys of online shopping 10 years in advance.
  • Finally, kiss without waiting eco-responsibilityknowing that the journey is at a crossroads in this area.

Reason for which, the theme of ecology took a very special place in this congress, to the point of being approached at all the interventions of the speakers.

A successful congress

Nearly 400 people, a remarkable organization, high-level speakers, relevant workshops, involvement of the authorities of the destination and that of the Minister of Tourism in person, in short, all the ingredients were there for a successful congress.

Shame on tourism bashing

However, we must regret a false note: the publication on social networks of a travel agent criticizing the choice of an overseas destination, consuming CO2 and in particular an aperitif on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, protected which more is…

The comic…

Obviously, this agent is unaware that the realization of this congress generates 900 tons of CO2, calculated by EKODEV, which will give rise to 100% carbon absorption in the form of a contribution to the Voyageurs du Monde fund, dedicated to reforestation projects.

But even more, all the speakers put the theme of ecology on the front of the stage, demonstrating the involvement of an entire profession for this just cause.

By way of example, let’s relay here the intervention of Patrick Pourbaix, general manager of MSC France, who specifies that his company plans to take 3 years ahead of the recommendations of the IPCC, with:

  • Fuel cells. This system generating up to 150kw/h should reduce greenhouse gases by 30%.
  • LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) which will reduce the diffusion of sulfur oxide by 90% and that of nitrogen by 85% and CO2 (-25% than fuel oil).
  • The new paints of the hulls able to win brake fuel consumption by 10%
  • The electrical terminals set up by the ports avoid polluting with fuel oil
  • And that the company is already working on hydrogen technology, the objective being total carbon neutrality by 2050.

That nothing is simple, however, as explained by Marc Rochet, president of Air Caraïbes, who is trying, in vain for the moment, to connect an electrical outlet whose source is only 70 m from his plane to limit air pollution. It’s easier to make a post on social networks… than to fight in real life to concretely advance ecology.

No doubt, our comedian would have appreciated the intervention of Henri Hourcade specifying that all Air France flights are compensated on the domestic market and that international flights will be in 2030.

Finally, this easy-to-criticize agent would have added a dimension to his quest: yes, we must save the planet without forgetting that of humanity, as Jean Pierre Nadir claims: “If tourism is bad for humanity, we must stop traveling immediately. But if it is good for humanity, tourism is not the problem, but the solution. Knowing 2 billion people live on 2 dollars a day and that tourism represents for them a source of the only sources of income, let us ask ourselves the only and real question: what are the solutions to make tourism compatible with ecology for save humanity. »

Moreover, Mr. Comedian, since it seems that the fate of our planet concerns you, we would have liked to see you bring the contradiction to our speakers! Rest assured François Xavier Iznic took care of it to distinguish the part of the speech from the concrete reality. He at least knows how to work his files….

Without prejudging your knowledge on the subject, which seems to me however limited, since you imply that the congressmen disturbed the ecosystem of beach of Saona. Your community must have been angry to read such infamy from tourism professionals! But mister the ignorant: if this beach is actually protected, it is protected by the tens of kilometers of wild coast which makes it inaccessible by land, except on foot or on horseback… Perhaps our swimming will worried so as not to risk disturbing the rest of the whales? It still had to be the season, but above all mister ignorant, these cetaceans never come to this side of the island. You did not know it ? So why discredit an entire profession with a lie?

Comedian, you work as a travel agent. This profession, precisely for the reasons you invoke, is and will be at the heart of our society’s concerns to win the fight for this ecological transition. Expectations are huge and we need everyone’s goodwill.

Such was the conclusion of Jean Pierre Mas: “ let us remain united in the face of the magnitude of the challenges facing us. And why insist on this union? Exactly, because it saved our profession. If Jean Pierre Mas, René Marc Chikli, Valérie Boned, Laurent Abitbol, ​​Jean François Rial and the others had not presented a common front to the government, our professions would no longer exist today and probably you don’t have anymore. Conclusion, shame on bashing tourism and welcome to women and men of good will who are fighting to save the planet, humanity and our professions.

The delegates have just shown their involvement for this cause in the union. Here is the good news.

Jean Pierre Mas, president of EDV, sets the course:

  • To strenghten the attractiveness of our businesses by highlighting the expertise of travel agencies. It was true before, but it is more so today as the pandemic complicates travel of all kinds.
  • Accelerate digitalization of the profession to cross paths with consumers who have just learned the joys of online shopping 10 years in advance.
  • Finally, kiss without waiting eco-responsibilityknowing that the journey is at a crossroads in this area.

Reason for which, the theme of ecology took a very special place in this congress, to the point of being approached at all the interventions of the speakers.

A successful congress

Nearly 400 people, a remarkable organization, high-level speakers, relevant workshops, involvement of the authorities of the destination and that of the Minister of Tourism in person, in short, all the ingredients were there for a successful congress.

Shame on tourism bashing

However, we must regret a false note: the publication on social networks of a travel agent criticizing the choice of an overseas destination, consuming CO2 and in particular an aperitif on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, protected which more is…

The comic…

Obviously, this agent is unaware that the realization of this congress generates 900 tons of CO2, calculated by EKODEV, which will give rise to 100% carbon absorption in the form of a contribution to the Voyageurs du Monde fund, dedicated to reforestation projects.

But even more, all the speakers put the theme of ecology on the front of the stage, demonstrating the involvement of an entire profession for this just cause.

By way of example, let’s relay here the intervention of Patrick Pourbaix, general manager of MSC France, who specifies that his company plans to take 3 years ahead of the recommendations of the IPCC, with:

  • Fuel cells. This system generating up to 150kw/h should reduce greenhouse gases by 30%.
  • LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) which will reduce the diffusion of sulfur oxide by 90% and that of nitrogen by 85% and CO2 (-25% than fuel oil).
  • The new paints of the hulls able to win brake fuel consumption by 10%
  • The electrical terminals set up by the ports avoid polluting with fuel oil
  • And that the company is already working on hydrogen technology, the objective being total carbon neutrality by 2050.

That nothing is simple, however, as explained by Marc Rochet, president of Air Caraïbes, who is trying, in vain for the moment, to connect an electrical outlet whose source is only 70 m from his plane to limit air pollution. It’s easier to make a post on social networks… than to fight in real life to concretely advance ecology.

No doubt, our comedian would have appreciated the intervention of Henri Hourcade specifying that all Air France flights are compensated on the domestic market and that international flights will be in 2030.

Finally, this easy-to-criticize agent would have added a dimension to his quest: yes, we must save the planet without forgetting that of humanity, as Jean Pierre Nadir claims: “If tourism is bad for humanity, we must stop traveling immediately. But if it is good for humanity, tourism is not the problem, but the solution. Knowing 2 billion people live on 2 dollars a day and that tourism represents for them a source of the only sources of income, let us ask ourselves the only and real question: what are the solutions to make tourism compatible with ecology for save humanity. »

Moreover, Mr. Comedian, since it seems that the fate of our planet concerns you, we would have liked to see you bring the contradiction to our speakers! Rest assured François Xavier Iznic took care of it to distinguish the part of the speech from the concrete reality. He at least knows how to work his files….

Without prejudging your knowledge on the subject, which seems to me however limited, since you imply that the congressmen disturbed the ecosystem of beach of Saona. Your community must have been angry to read such infamy from tourism professionals! But mister the ignorant: if this beach is actually protected, it is protected by the tens of kilometers of wild coast which makes it inaccessible by land, except on foot or on horseback… Perhaps our swimming will worried so as not to risk disturbing the rest of the whales? It still had to be the season, but above all mister ignorant, these cetaceans never come to this side of the island. You did not know it ? So why discredit an entire profession with a lie?

Comedian, you work as a travel agent. This profession, precisely for the reasons you invoke, is and will be at the heart of our society’s concerns to win the fight for this ecological transition. Expectations are huge and we need everyone’s goodwill.

Such was the conclusion of Jean Pierre Mas: “ let us remain united in the face of the magnitude of the challenges facing us. And why insist on this union? Exactly, because it saved our profession. If Jean Pierre Mas, René Marc Chikli, Valérie Boned, Laurent Abitbol, ​​Jean François Rial and the others had not presented a common front to the government, our professions would no longer exist today and probably you don’t have anymore. Conclusion, shame on bashing tourism and welcome to women and men of good will who are fighting to save the planet, humanity and our professions.

The delegates have just shown their involvement for this cause in the union. Here is the good news.

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