The candidate for the National Gathering was this Saturday, January 8 at the Domaine des Pères de Trèbes in the morning, then at the City of Carcassonne in the afternoon. She believes that the State has an active role to play in the establishment of an “eco-system” beneficial to the tourism sector as a whole.
Two places that make sense. The domain of the Pères de Trèbes first of all, producer of olive oil, for the know-how and the local products; Then “mysterious and fascinating” City of Carcassonne, for the wealth of heritage which abounds in France. By choosing to come to the Aude, Marine Le Pen found a suitable land to illustrate her proposals for French tourism. An area in which we are certainly less used to hearing it … but, she recalls immediately, “the presidential election should be an opportunity to put all issues of national importance back on the table, and tourism is one of them”. To the point of wanting to erect it in “priority for the next five-year term”.
In this area too, the candidate of the National Rally opposes her vision to that of the current President. “Emmanuel Macron has developed a fairly passive liberal policy, consisting in promoting the destination France and then letting the invisible hand of the market take over. This is reflected in particular, for companies which are not in a position to increase their salaries, by the need to resort to a foreign workforce who accepts to work at a very low cost, which is not beneficial to either side. Similarly, at the local level, tourist structures are numerous but not not always work in synergy “. For Marine Le Pen, it is therefore up to the State of “create an eco-system” beneficial to the sector.
“Our conception is that of a strategic State which promotes of course, but also coordinates public actions and supports private actors while planning the necessary infrastructures.” According to the candidate, attendance is no longer sufficient data: “I read in the local press that the mayor of Carcassonne is delighted with the number of visitors to the City, but what matters most is the average basket! The question of the profitability of investments must also be asked for tourism !”
To do this, three priorities. “Promote the sector through the State, give financial leeway to players in the sector to upgrade the tourist offer, and support employment”. All of this is broken down into twelve proposals, from the creation of a “great Ministry of Tourism” support for the preparation of financing files, including housing assistance in order to facilitate recruitment. All in a context where the “tourist localism” on the rise: another form of “national preference” that Marine Le Pen intends to defend.