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United States, Canada, Maldives accessible again: in travel agencies, morale in the relaunch phase

In the series “life resumes”, trips abroad take off again. Health restrictions are easing for many destinations and in particular the United States, where the announcement of the reopening to tourists is seen as a strong signal for professionals strongly affected by the crisis.




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Ah yes, it resumes! For a fortnight three weeks, we have even been overwhelmed. People are ready to go everywhere, they just want a change of scenery! I’m going to have to hang up, I have clients in front of me “. At the other end of the line, a travel consultant from the Havas Voyages agency in Saint-Omer.

The recovery started this summer with Europe: to Spain, Italy and Greece, which did particularly well. Now it is even further that we can consider traveling. ” The White House’s announcement on Monday is a strong signal enthused Jean-Luc Dufrenne, regional president of Travel Companies. The United States reopens its borders to vaccinated travelers “ beginning of November “.

Canada preceded him on September 7th. For Mauritius, it will be October 1st. ” It is also possible to go to the Maldives, Tanzania, Zanzibar, the Dominican Republic… “, enumerates Cathy Devos, manager of the agency Kit Voyages in Lille. In Senegal, in Egypt, in Mexico too. ” Southeast Asia, very popular in autumn-winter, is still very closed “. Even if Thailand opens its doors, China, Japan or India remain closed.

Cathy Devos, from the Kit Voyages agency.  PHOTO FLORENT MOREAU
Cathy Devos, from the Kit Voyages agency. PHOTO FLORENT MOREAU – VDNPQR

The conditions for traveling to or from such and such a country are very variable and evolving, the reference site for information being that of the Quai d’Orsay travel advice. Note, however, that the vaccine is required for many destinations (for example the United States, Tunisia, England, Thailand, Guadeloupe and Martinique).

“We are finally redoing our job, which is not to cancel and reimburse customers. We are here to advise them and make them dream”

I passed in front of the shop, the photos made me want, I came back. I haven’t made up my mind yet, but we’re going to leave. I missed it terribly “, testifies this retired client on the doorstep of an agency in Lille. Savings helping, ” customers are ready to indulge “says Cathy Devos. ” We have very, very good files, at 15,000, 20,000, 30,000 euros », Supports Amélie Cussenot, commercial of the Kuoni group. ” Also b
many honeymoons that could not be done “, adds Cathy Devos. And then groups, people who had assets following a canceled trip during the crisis.

The only downside, according to Cathy Devos, is that customers don’t really project themselves in time. ” They are booking for the next few weeks, that’s all “. ” And the other side of the coin is that we risk being quickly saturated. Companies are gradually reopening their lines, but it takes a very long time to restart flight plans “Warns Jean-Luc Dufrenne.

We are not bored anymore “, rejoices above all Karine Vanelle of the TUI agency in Lille.

Karine Vanelle from the TUI agency in Lille.  PHOTO FLORENT MOREAU
Karine Vanelle from the TUI agency in Lille. PHOTO FLORENT MOREAU – VDNPQR

For someone like Amélie Cussenot, responsible for offering trips to agencies, it’s downright back to work. ” I was completely off since March 2020. » « Tuesday, we had a drink between professionals, we met, it feels good, breathes Cathy Devos. And then we finally redo our job, which is not to cancel and reimburse customers. We are here to advise them and make them dream. »



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