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Here's the latest travel updates from Paris and Air France

Here's the latest travel updates from Paris and Air France
Mélanie Paul-Hus, Director of Atout France Canada (top, right); Catherine Guillemart-Dias, vice-president& general manager Canada, Air France KLM (bottom, right).
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More than 180 travel agents attended an Air France and Paris webinar on June 10 organized by Atout France.

Mélanie Paul-Hus, Director of Atout France Canada, reviewed the new rules for entering France, which came into effect on June 9.

Canada is currently in the orange classification of countries. Visitors coming from Canada are admitted to France on the condition that they are fully vaccinated and have a negative PCR or antigenic test result, the test having to be performed between 48 and 72 hours before departure.

Non-vaccinated passengers, outside French nationals, cannot enter France by air without compelling reasons.

Mélanie Paul-Hus, Director of Atout France Canada. (Supplied)

Many clarifications were provided during this presentation.

“Restaurants can now welcome customers indoors, gyms are opening their doors and museum gauges are less restrictive. It is therefore possible to enjoy the most beautiful attractions of Paris while respecting the barriers,” said Paul-Hus.

To better manage events of more than 5,000 people, France has introduced a health pass to ensure that participants in large outdoor or indoor events only admit visitors who have been vaccinated or have negative screening results.

The reopening of France to foreign visitors is part of a global economic recovery effort following a comprehensive timeline.

Air France update

A flight safety video presentation featuring iconic places of France in the background and the increased sanitary measures at Pearson airport in Toronto served as an introduction to inspire and reassure.

Catherine Guillemart-Dias, vice-president general manager Air France-KLM Canada announced the update of Canada's flight program in July and August, including 21 weekly flights departing from Montreal-Trudeau (17 Air France and 4 KLM), 12 weekly flights departing Toronto Pearson (5 Air France and 7 KLM) and 12 weekly flights departing Vancouver (3 Air France and 5 KLM).

The VPDG also put forward some of the measures to ensure travel preparations are more serene: ‘’By granting flexibility that allows a full refund on all our tickets without having to justify the reason for the cancellation, and more recently, by receiving the highest honor in the APEX ranking for sanitary measures on board our flights, we offer peace of mind to our customers in the planning their trip and optimal travel conditions for their experience on board.”

Eiffel Tower opens July 16 with enhanced customer experience

Nathalie Bruel, from the Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel (SETE), gave a comprehensive overview of the famous Iron Lady, one of the most visited monuments in the world.

After an eight month closure, the Parisian landmark will reopen to the public on July 16, with an improved customer experience.

Travel agents can book admission in advance, as well as tables at the Jules Verne restaurant and Thierry Marx’s new brasserie.

Many other services are now available to visitors and may be booked ahead by advisors.

Best Western France: an unparalleled offer

Olivier Lautissier reminded attendees that BWH Best Western is the largest private hotel chain in the world, which gives it a great reputation.

Other advantages of the chain include the quality of service, cultivated with passion by the owner operators.

The implementation of a new health and customer experience protocol in the form of promises will allow consultants to choose the most appropriate establishment for their clients’ desires from among more than 300 properties in France alone.

Rewards and incentives are also available to the retail industry.

Paris, my love, at Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann

Azileb Incerto told attendees the joy surrounding the reopening of the famous Parisian department store on May 19, after 107 days of closure.

This is a reason to celebrate the French capital with the Paris Mon Amour exhibition that will take place in the windows of the Avenue Haussmann.

Exceptional measures have been deployed to take care of the customers who will come to make their purchases.

Galeries Lafayette is also offering many personalized services, including Made in France Experiences (French know-how), the Personal Shopper (private salon and in-house advisor), and the refund of French taxes (VAT) for a minimum purchase of 100 euros.

On the Seine and the Rivers of France With CroisiEurope

“Sailing on the rivers today opens the doors to French history and culture,” said Michel Grimm of CroisiEurope in his intro.

Cruising allows you to travel comfortably close to your ports of call. CroisiEurope, a French family-owned company based in Strasbourg, sails on the Seine from Paris to Honfleur, but also on the Rhine, the Rhone, the Gironde and the Loire.

Recently, the company has also started offering barge tours for an intimate discovery of the canals of France.

Among the advantages offered are special attention to service and gastronomy on board, as well as exciting cultural excursions.

Travel connected with Bouygues Telecom

With smartphones being essential travel companions, Arnaud Bommart offers My European SIM card from Bouygues Telecom, to stay connected at all times and make worry-free phone calls during a stay in France.

In addition to the pleasure of communicating and surfing the web easily, the card offers helpful services such as a tourist guide designed with Atout France and discounts at participating merchants.

Travel agents receive a commission if their customers purchase this service.

Watch the Air France & Paris webinar again here

To prepare for travel in France, Atout France also recommends checking the latest instructions on the website—Covid section, but also to refer to the Embassy of France in Canada and Air France’s boarding protocols and documents.

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