“I think there will be new villages, new municipalities that will emerge” with summer tourism, notes Emmanuel Marill, director general of Airbnb for France and Belgium, guest on franceinfo Friday, June 12.

This summer the “French will rediscover France, with a revenge of the countryside”, says Emmanuel Marill, director general of Airbnb for France and Belgium, invited Friday June 12 on Franceinfo. With its “Destination France” partnerships, Airbnb promotes domestic travel this summer.

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Emmanuel Marill notes “renewed enthusiasm for reservations for this summer” since the deconfinement. He plans “occupancy rates which are going to be quite high. I think there will be new villages, new municipalities which will emerge, which will be born in tourism during the summer”.

More than 100,000 reservations have been observed in the last fifteen days on Airbnb in France. The Dordogne, Ardèche, Gironde, Côtes d’Armor, Finistère have doubled the number of their reservations.Emmanuel Marill, CEO of Airbnb France & Belgiumon franceinfo

As for foreign visitors, “There are tremors, but it is still very slight. They too will certainly return to their own country”, he explains.

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Airbnb CEO acknowledges that“there are layoffs in France”, while the platform announced the layoff of a quarter of its 7,500 employees worldwide. “The last three months have been complicated for the entire industry. We also have some layoffs“says Emmanuel Marill, without further details.

The Paris court has just condemned Airbnb for an illegal subletting in the capital. Emmanuel Marill announces that the company will appeal the judgment, because “it really doesn’t seem to follow European or French law”. He assures that “the vast majority of our announcements are legal today”.

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