While Jean-Yves Le Drian retains his position as Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and the list of Secretaries of State should be unveiled after July 14, no Minister of Tourism was appointed during the last reshuffle.
While the Prime Minister announced his new government on Monday, July 6, the actors of the tourism regret the lack of representation from their sector and call for the appointment of a dedicated minister. Echoing the proposals made by the Senate in early May in favor of a " full-service Minister of Tourism To lead the recovery plan.
A ministry to support the work of the Sector Committee
So a joint press release was published on Tuesday July 7 by the professional organizations, including Umih (Union of Trades and Hospitality Industries), GNC (National Group of Hotel Chains), GNI (National Group of Independents), FNHPA (National Federation of Outdoor Hotels) , ADN Tourisme or even Travel Companies.
The representatives of the sector recall that tourism represents 2 million jobs and 8% of GDP (gross domestic product), in addition to being the area most heavily affected by COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, it is specified that the sector has a mission at the local and national level: " Tourism economy companies have a major social and societal role for the development and cohesion of all our territories, as well as for the influence of our country. ».
In parallel, the work carried out by the Sector committee, under the leadership of the Secretary of State Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, is highlighted for having made it possible to coordinate the actions of public authorities and professionals. In addition to being in favor of a recovery plan to support businesses.
In conclusion, the authors believe that the establishment of a Ministry of Tourism would make it possible to perpetuate France's place in the international tourist economy, but also to prepare for future events, in particular sports.