The 09/29/2021 – 201 views
By Auriana Castro
The summer season has been a success for the Lac d’Annecy Tourist Office. 88,995 visitors were counted in the various offices of the Grand Annecy tourist offices for this summer season. In 2020, only 60,552 visitors came to the office counters.
For André Montaud, president of the Lac d’Annecy Tourist Office, this is a sign of a tourist recovery: “We found normal attendance, more than 70,000 people on the Annecy office alone and an increase on the other offices. “
Consequence of the health crisis: 91% of tourists are French. But this season is also distinguished by the figures of local visitors: they represent 16% of visitors counted on the various sites of the OT. André Montaud is delighted: ” This is unheard of ! “.
Faced with this interest, Christophe Oliéro, interim director of the Lac d’Annecy Tourist Office confided: “It is very important to create knowledge of the territory for the inhabitants. The tourist office wants to offer new products for local visitors, because today the local visitor thinks he knows his territory. “
Parisian tourists were the most numerous: 30% of visitors.
If for the moment, only the attendance figures of the Tourist Office of Lake Annecy are communicated, the president is confident: “We will have to wait for the figures for the hotel industry, while all the data are consolidated. But when we speak with hoteliers, the feedback is good, it is very contained for the season. “
The number of tourist nights down
If the Lake Annecy Tourist Office is confident, the number of overnight stays has fallen sharply. Less than 220,000 compared to 2019 in the territory of Grand Annecy.
Each night giving rise to the levy of a tourist tax for the benefit of the Agglo, they give an idea of the frequentation of the different accommodation providers (hotels, campsites, holiday clubs, etc.). This summer, Greater Annecy collected 223,000 tourist taxes for July and the same for the month of August. This is 220,000 less than in the summer of 2020. Obviously, it will feel financially in the coffers of the agglomeration and the OT.
If the weather probably played a role in this drop in reservations, for Frédérique Lardet, president of Grand Annecy, tourism in Annecy has a fundamental problem: visitors do not come for long stays. Frédérique Lardet estimates the shortfall for inter-municipal finance at 20% (excluding platforms).
The following ?
With the end of the summer season, André Montaud hopes that business tourism will take over this fall: “We are going to mobilize around business tourism. “ Christophe Oliéro ensures: “There is a real thrill in the territory on this resumption of business tourism. The feedback from socio-professionals that we have is very good. “.