The operator of large ski areas such as Les Arcs, La Plagne or even Val d’Isère, for example, is announcing a strong increase in reservations.
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In ski resorts, tourists are back. At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the sector had plunged. In recent months, he has found some colors. Dominique Thillaud, Managing Director of Compagnie des Alpes, giant of ski areas, with a dozen resorts, is categorical: “All indicators are green.“
In the last quarter of 2021, the group, which also owns leisure parks, such as Futuroscope and Parc Asterix, recorded an increase in turnover of more than 36%, compared to the same period before the pandemic. This trend is confirmed for the next February holidays: “We are very well oriented“, assures Dominique Thillaud. The boss of the Compagnie des Alpes therefore believes that the group will find a positive result over the whole exercise.
Safety on the slopes is always a major issue. In recent weeks, two skiers have died: a little girl in Flaine, and actor Gaspard Ulliel in La Rosière. Should new rules be introduced? “We will take stock at the end of the season to see the improvements to be made., explains Dominique Thillaud who wants “go a little further in prevention” : “We will have things to announce at the end of the season.” Should wearing a helmet also be compulsory? “Personally, I wear the helmet when I ski, and so does my family. “, replies the leader. “You have the answer to the question! “