“Giving want” was the theme chosen for the Conference des Entreprises du Voyage (EdV) Ile-de-France organized in Quebec, a conference which has simply ended. A theme that made it doable to deal with the primary challenges at present going through the sector, and the best way through which these new challenges weigh on the attractiveness of the sector.
From the opening of the conference, Lionel Rabiet, the president of EdV Ile-de-France, returned to the questions that agitate the occupation. “As we speak, can we nonetheless manage a conference of journey brokers 5,000 km from its borders for such a brief time frame, he requested. Ought to we blame ourselves? I feel not”. “First as a result of this settlement can be totally compensated, he mentioned. Then, as a result of by going to Quebec, we come to advertise a type of accountable tourism, as a result of Quebec actually has this ecological dimension on the coronary heart of its values. (…) My ambition for this conference is that all of us go collectively in direction of this transition. And it’s by attending conferences, by exchanging with our companions that we elevate consciousness, that we make commitments, that we advance our companies in direction of extra accountable tourism. »
“It is time to go on the offensive”
The topic was extra extensively mentioned in the course of the spherical desk, a number of days later, on the Trois-Rivières conference heart, throughout a dialogue centered on tourism bashing, the disenchantment of the sector and the difficulties of recruitment. “Ought to the air now not be a part of childhood desires? “, raised within the preamble this spherical desk, bouncing on the choice of an elected official to now not subsidize first flights by aircraft for sick kids on the grounds that public cash shouldn’t finance actions primarily based on consumption exhaustible assets. “It is unhappy to listen to that, reacted Cyril Cousin, the boss of Air Transat. Clearly, now we have to be accountable in our method and take new points into consideration. However the Taliban of ecology, no. There could also be a fatality to local weather change, however I nonetheless belief human genius, approach and technological advances to enhance the scenario. And to quote specifically the instance of the A321 LR operated by Air Transat and on which the individuals of the conference made the journey, which devour 15% much less gas. “We took 30% of a Quebec firm to provide us with clear gas from 2025, an artificial gas that can be impartial for the planet, added Cyril Cousin. Then there’s the query of the acceptability of the transition by way of value. Ultimately, the worth of the aircraft ticket may double, he calculates.
“It’s time for our occupation to go on the offensive as a substitute of being on the defensive, is satisfied Julien Buot, the director of Appearing for accountable tourism. I feel now we have to get out of the period of greenwashing, after all, but in addition of eco-whispering (an inclination to miss efforts made by way of sustainable growth, editor’s observe). Greenwashing, we will caricature it as false promoting and it’s reprehensible by regulation, we should always by no means do it. However the eco-whisper both, we should always by no means do it. When now we have issues to say about accountable tourism which are actual and which are quantified, now we have to say them. To our prospects, to our suppliers, to our media. We must be pleased with it, even when we’re lucid about the truth that there’s nonetheless a protracted option to go to say to be extra accountable. The controversy additionally supplied a chance to return to the notion of compensation. “Compensation is a sulphurous idea as a result of it has been overused by individuals who did it badly, believes Julien Buot. We will additionally make some good compensation. The primary factor is to begin. When corporations embark on accountable approaches, they by no means return. We’re right here to assist you”, reminded the director of ATR. “The query of sustainable tourism goes via coaching,” added Lionel Rabiet. All journey brokers have to be skilled. To maneuver ahead on this course and reply to assaults, you must know the topic nicely. »
“The glass ceiling is there”
Innovation to develop cleaner planes, much less energy-consuming trains – the SNCF is engaged on this – and to strengthen the attractiveness of the sector, like so many instruments meant to coach, simplify the every day lives of pros, recruit… was the topic of a devoted spherical desk. “The world of innovation is a completely thrilling world to find, however it’s not a world that may reply all of the questions of attractiveness of professions, it is going to typically convey small touches, components, concrete options to answer sure issues, warned Laurent Queige, basic delegate of the Welcome Metropolis Lab. However what’s attention-grabbing is to see the frame of mind, and all the probabilities that may be developed with the world of start-ups. Some extent on which Tristan Daube, CEO of TravelAssit, agrees. “We start-ups are additionally relying on you, journey operators, to assist us by bringing your points. Not sufficient journey operators come to the Welcome Metropolis Lab. Don’t hesitate to take action. Come and inform us about your issues and brainstorm with start-ups. » « What we see via all these start-ups is that the world of tourism stays engaging for an entire bunch of younger people who find themselves getting began and who’ve a ardour, observes Laurent Queige. Our position is to keep up this ardour, to allow them to reach their skilled undertaking. »
Even when because the creation of the Welcome Metropolis Lab in 2014, the figures haven’t modified: 80% of start-up creators are nonetheless males. An issue handled, not with out some turmoil, throughout a final spherical desk dedicated to gender parity. “Ladies should enable themselves to realize energy,” insisted Christine Giraud, president of Ladies of Tourism, encouraging girls to domesticate sisterhood and to contain males on this battle. “As we speak within the tourism business, there are 55% of girls who work within the tourism professions, 20% who maintain managerial positions and eight% who occupy positions of excessive duty”, he added. she listed. “In Seto, the 50 greatest operators are solely males, the CAT, they’re eight males”, added Lionel Rabiet. “The glass ceiling, sure, it’s there, notes Laurence Gaborieau, the top of the IFTM. He’s there in all trades, maybe just a little extra on the planet of tourism in comparison with the totally different sectors that I’ve been in a position to handle. However the glass, it breaks, and the ceiling, we will put it even greater. » « We should not neglect that it’s a efficiency lever to have girls in administration positions. A examine has proven that the higher the variety of feminine supervisors, the extra essential development, efficiency and competitiveness are in an organization,” underlined Valentine Jean-Richard, Managing Director of Parfums du Monde. “I observe in my discussions that many people in tourism wish to battle for this equality between women and men, typically being just a little helpless on our facet as nicely, testified Laurent Queige. I do not know in what context, however I want to contribute to this battle with instruments, strategies. A name shared by Lionel Rabiet. “I’m satisfied that our sector would perform higher on all the themes (mentioned in the course of the plenary session) if it turned just a little extra feminized. For his half, Nicolas Lioger (Veepee) detailed the measures taken to assist girls of their careers: teleworking, particular onboarding when getting back from maternity depart – but in addition paternity -, amongst others. Inside Veepe, out of 5,500 workers, 60% are girls. The Codir is made up of fifty% males, 50% girls.
A key query each by way of parity and attractiveness – even whether it is removed from being restricted to this – the problem of wages was additionally raised. “On the EdV, now we have put every thing flat throughout the framework of the observatory, specified Jean-Pierre Mas (…). We signed a gender equality settlement 4 years in the past, the goal of which is to each scale back the wage hole, and right here I imagine we’re making very nice progress, but in addition to make sure that the representativeness of girls within the highest classes is equal to that of males. “Valérie Boned additionally returned to the topic of remuneration throughout an intervention, referring specifically to a gathering regarding the ongoing wage negotiations, which happened on Monday, and this whereas the EdV proposal was rejected by the unions. To this point, these new discussions have yielded nothing. On the identical time, agreements are being negotiated on profit-sharing, teleworking or profit-sharing. The target of EdV can be to develop coaching.
So many topics whose developments we should always know within the coming weeks but in addition in the course of the subsequent EdV Ile-de-France conference. The subsequent version can be held in March, in Guyana. At nationwide degree, the EdVs will manage their very own conference in Mauritius in June.