Where will Parisians be during the Olympic Games?

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The Editor

The air is buzzing with excitement for some, like a child eagerly awaiting Christmas morning. But for others, it's viewed as the worst thing that could happen to Paris. From July 26 to August 11, 2024, the Olympic Games will be taking over the city, followed by the Paralympic Games from August 28 to September 8. This incredible event will mark the 100th anniversary of the last Games held in Paris, putting France in the spotlight on a global scale. Initial estimates from the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau (OTCP) predict an average of 15.1 million visitors for both games, with 13.9 million coming from within the country. These numbers are quite significant, considering that typically only 8 to 10 million visitors come to the city each summer, according to Insee data. body { font-family: Arial, sans-serif; color: #333; text-align: center; } h1 { color: #ff6600; } p { font-size: 18px; }

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An attractive event, no doubt, but one that will not be without consequences for the daily lives of Parisians and, on a larger scale, residents of the Île-de-France region. Construction works throughout the city, modified or disrupted transportation, cultural venues put on hold to make way for sports competitions, canceled festivals (Lollapalooza, for example)... Habits are disrupted and summer 2024 may not have the same flavor as its predecessors. In fact, according to a study conducted by the vacation rental platform Abritel*, 75% of Parisians expect changes in transportation, 73% anticipate an overall increase in prices, and 66% fear overcrowding in the streets. To stay or to go, for Parisians, the dilemma is significant.

Challenging work obligations

“Me, for sure, I will be leaving during the Olympics”, or even “anyway, all Parisians will be leaving to avoid ”the chaos! It's better to escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy the peace elsewhere. The city will be way too crowded for us. Whether you choose to stay or leave, the upcoming changes will certainly impact everyone's daily routine in the city of lights! For almost a year, we have been hearing these types of phrases on many lips, but are they really true? On one hand, some plan to stay to enjoy the generated excitement. "We don't always have the chance for the Olympics to be held in the city where we live. Even though I know it will be difficult, I would really like to be a part of it," says Ralph, a 27-year-old EV charging operator. Others, on the other hand, are forced to stay. "I think I have to stay for work," affirms Emma, a 24-year-old photographer, "but if I could leave, I would do it right away." Like her, many Parisians find themselves compelled to stay all summer because of their jobs, regardless of the profession. Agathe, 29 years old, a marketing assistant in the cultural field, finds herself in the same situation. An obligation she has chosen to turn to her advantage: "I have decided not to suffer too.""Thank you so much for all your help. I appreciate it so much, I have bought tickets to go see some events."
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It's almost time for the Games and everyone is buzzing with excitement! The government is suggesting teleworking for those who can, but it's totally up to each person whether they want to take part. A recent study shows that 60% of Parisians are planning to telework during this period. But there's still some uncertainty looming for many employees, like Ralph who's eagerly waiting for his company's decision on the matter. While some are opting to work from home, others are planning to escape the city chaos and combine teleworking with a nice vacation.

Escape to the countryside - the new travel trend!


If traditional seaside destinations such as Corsica, Breton cities, those along the Atlantic coast, the Gulf of Lion, or the Mediterranean still enjoy great success, new travel trends are emerging with the organization of the Olympics. As revealed by a study.French travel trends for 2024 conducted by Airbnb, France is popular. Searches fluctuate between two main trends: accommodations close to the game sites – Décines-Charpieu, Issy-les-Moulineaux, Versailles, Suresnes, Boulogne-Billancourt – and, conversely, accommodations that are further away – Laveissière, Corrèze, Sainte-Mère-Église, Clermont-l’Hérault, Orcines. The platform has specifically observed a clear increase in requests for the categories "Countryside" (+ 80%) and "National Parks" (+ 60%), reflecting the desire of the French to stay in quieter, greener places, away from the hustle and bustle of tourist areas. Welcome to our website! We are so excited to have you here. Take a look around and discover all the incredible things we have to offer. We hope you have a wonderful time exploring and finding exactly what you need. Thank you for visiting!
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Traveling abroad is still popular. According to a study conducted by Abritel and Expedia, published in May 2024, Mediterranean countries such as Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal, and Croatia are among the most sought-after destinations. However, it seems that once again, it is the more peaceful and remote areas that attract travelers: Galicia, the Basque Country, Piedmont, Lake Como, and the Aosta Valley. A big new trend this year is Albania, an attractive country for its unique culture and low prices, as searches for the Land of Eagles have increased by 25%. Whether in France or abroad, on vacation or on business, there are only a few weeks left to make a decision!

*Abritel study conducted with 1,000 Parisians in March 2024, published in April 2024

**Summer trends

Where the French Travel This Summer, Airbnb, April 2024 To delve deeper: - **JO 2024: du gain et des jeux**, a France Culture podcast - **Les pourquoi des Jeux Olympiques**, by Philippe VaAt Editions Kero - **Olympic Games: a geopolitical issue**, a video from Le Dessous des Cartes.