France Announces 19 Billion USD Relief Package For Tourism Industry
The package includes a mix of direct financial support, loan guarantees, extended unemployment benefits, tax benefits to keep tourist companies afloat.
France’s tourism industry has suffered a huge blow due to the Coronavirus pandemic. With hotels and museums facing their worst nightmare due to the unexpected revenue hit, jobless tour guides are now protesting in Paris for the government’s attention. As France eases its border restrictions, the spectre of the return of overseas visitors grows greater. Apart from small museums and galleries, Paris’ big-hitters, the Louvre Museum and Centre Pompidou have reopened with safety protocols. While France had announced measures worth 19 billion US Dollars to support the tourism sector, these funds have not reached the tour guides who are generally on a short-term contract basis.
An independent tour guide, Manuela Feuchot-Gazquez has not set foot in the city neighbourhood for almost four months. And just like ten thousand other tour guides of the city, she found herself jobless in the City of Love. She said, “It has been a while since I’ve come to Le Marais neighbourhood for tours for the simple reason that all the tours had stopped a few days before the lockdown in early March. At the moment, it is not easy to be a tour guide in Paris.”
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