Déconfinement tourist campsites: “This is madness!”

Déconfinement touristique dans les campings: «C’est la folie!»

Déconfinement touristique dans les campings: «C’est la folie!»

As of Monday, campgrounds, tourist accommodation, marinas and outfitters will be able to resume their activities in the eastern Townships.

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May 27, 2020

Updated may 28, 2020 at 8h14

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Déconfinement tourist campsites: “This is madness!”

Déconfinement touristique dans les campings: «C’est la folie!»

Déconfinement touristique dans les campings: «C’est la folie!»

Jasmine Rondeau

The Forum

Great relief for the owners of campsites and tourist accommodations in the eastern Townships, who will be able to start their activities as of Monday. A feeling shared by a large number of holiday makers, who were quick to book their stay as soon as they learned the new.

Leisure travelers who have managed to book their stay at Parc national de Frontenac reported a wait of an hour in line to get access to the transaction platform of the Sépaq, Wednesday, a few minutes after the announcement of the minister of Tourism.

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The Camping Plage McKenzie, the phone does not stop ringing since Tuesday, when the announcement of the déconfinement a part of the tourism sector were leaked to the media.

“This is madness! People were very excited, even a lot of impatience! ” said Geneviève Goulet, a manager in the camping of the Root.

The move has been great for the company, which has seen its season reduced by 25 %. “But we will take the 75 % that remains! We make our fat as possible, the deadline is a bit short. It was already a little prepared, but there are still some fuzzy details to give us, I think. We will finalize the rest in the course of opening, ” said Ms. Goulet.

The campers, seasonal workers, who represent 75% of the customers of this camping spot, will eventually return to their second home Monday. The fifty sites, travelers will also be able to be occupied as of this date.

The Vertendre, a company of Eastman offering the rental of 35 shelters and chalets in nature, bookings are also many over the past two weeks, since the company had re-opened its time ranges in a wind of optimism. Alain Chagnon, the president, do not rejoice too quickly : many refund requests have also had to be dealt with, not to mention the equivalent of $ 300,000 in lost sales since the beginning of the confinement.

But even if the application is felt, the challenges will be many for companies like these this summer, with an obligation to leave 24 hours between cottages rentals of five or more persons, and the limit of a family unit accommodation. “The large cottages for 10 or 14 people will surely be more difficult to rent. There has been a lot of requests for long-term rental, maybe we will make it a little more in the month to try to limit expenses. We need more employees to enforce the measures, and we should put three times more time to clean. Basically, we need more employees, but there are fewer sales, ” says Mr. Chagnon, who says he is still ready to welcome guests as of Monday.

Neither Mr. Chagnon nor Ms. Goulet, do not show anxiety about the visit of residents of the Montreal metropolitan Community in their institutions, which are often among their customers.

Déconfinement touristique dans les campings: «C’est la folie!»

Francine Patenaude, director-general of Tourisme Cantons-de-l’est

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“A different experience”

As for many of the sectors that have already gone through the déconfinement, we will not be able to expect a return of tourism to normal.

“This will be a different experience, that’s for sure, one has only to go to the grocery store to realize it “, expresses Francine Patenaude, director-general of Tourisme Cantons-de-l’est, which says the news of Wednesday was widely expected, but the impatience is still being felt to some tourism businesses.

Nevertheless, the opportunities are great for those who want to visit the region this summer, she noted. “There’s still the whole part open-air, which is currently open. There are hiking, and everything about the bike is open. And then, there are also experiences that are marked roads topics, such as the wine Route, the Route of the summits or the historical tour. It is already a source of wealth for the region. We can do the roadtrip and, for example, stop at the restaurant to take his lunch box, and then go eat it in a park. “

The majority of tourists in the Townships Is usually from the Greater Montreal area, Montérégie or Quebec City, while 15% to 20% are from outside the province. Even if the motions between the regions are not ” banned “, as pointed out by the minister of Tourism Caroline Proulx during his press briefing, Tourisme Cantons-de-l Is expected to direct his efforts of seduction to the local population for the next few months.

“We want to encourage people to rediscover their local area, and they will become excellent ambassadors for the next year,” says Ms. Patenaude.

The companies are already working since a few weeks with the guide to health designed specifically for their recovery, and show themselves ready to face this moment ” test “, she said, noting that it is the social responsibility of everyone, tourist or entrepreneur, to ensure that the experience continues to be safe.

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