Rising fuel prices disrupt Easter holidays

According to a study by PAP Vacances, requests for reservations for the Easter holidays have fallen sharply since the start of the spike in petrol prices.

Rising fuel prices could jeopardize vacation plans. According to a study* by the PAP Vacances platform, reservation requests for accommodation during the Easter holidays have been falling sharply since the beginning of March, shortly after the outbreak of the war in Ukraine and the soaring prices of electricity. gasoline that followed. Reservations that continued to fall despite the reduction in the price of gasoline announced by the government for April 1.

A reversal of the trend compared to the start of the year, when the sharp increase in reservation requests suggested a good year, beyond the level of 2019, the last normal year before the health crisis. According to PAP Vacances, the volume of reservations for the spring holidays should finally be at the same level as in 2019 (-0.2%), even though the school holiday calendar is almost identical and the health restrictions have all been lifted. .

73% of bookings by the sea

The sea remains the No. 1 destination for the Easter holidays, representing three-quarters (73%) of reservations on PAP Vacances. Notable change: Normandy (Manche and Calvados) plummets by 32.5%, while the northern coasts of the Channel (Seine-Maritime, Somme and Pas-de-Calais) climb by 19%. “Probably because of more accessible prices” for the latter, advances the platform, noting that the two regions have a similar climate.

In addition, reservations in the countryside are up sharply compared to 2019, rising from 6% to 9% of market share. The southern half of the country is preferred by holidaymakers: the Lot (+62.7%) and the Rhône Valley (Vaucluse +50.7%, Gard +44.3%, Ardèche +42.3%) record the most strong increases. Finally, Overseas France posted a 36% increase compared to 2019, benefiting in particular Reunion (+107.9%) and Guadeloupe (+90.4%).

In the mountains, skiers are shying away from the slopes: reservations for the Easter holidays, after setting records for the Christmas holidays, are down compared to 2019, suffering less snowfall than two years ago.

*Study based on 18,768 reservation requests made for the Easter holidays 2022 (from Saturday April 9, 2022 to Sunday May 7, 2022), compared to reservations made for these same holidays in 2019 (from Saturday April 6, 2019 to Sunday May 5, 2019)

Jeremy Bruno BFMTV journalist