CEMAC zone: recession could reach 6% according to BEAC

All the indicators are certainly not red. But most of the economic indicators in the six countries of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC) are already found the Monetary Policy Committee (CPM) of the Bank of Central African States (BEAC) at the end of the second annual session on June 24, 2020 in Yaoundé.

Analyzing the situation in Central Africa, it emerges that in the short and medium terms, the CEMAC zone is affected by the health crisis and the fall in the prices of the main export products. "

"In the first half of 2020, the revival of productive activities was slowed down in the sub-region by the disruption of supply circuits for imported products as well as by the restrictive measures adopted by the various governments to contain the effects of the pandemic. Although it is premature for the moment to fully grasp the impact of COVID-19 on national economies, it is already anticipated during this first semester a drop in production as well as a det…

Motorhomes and vans are the big winners of the deconfinement

Motorhomes and vans, which allow you to enjoy the great outdoors while respecting social distances, have won over a new audience since the deconfinement and gradual lifting of travel restrictions in France.

Motorhomes and vans are the big winners of the deconfinement

How to enjoy your vacation while respecting social distancing in these times of pandemic? In the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Yann Lapointe decided to arrange a van to go on a family weekend. "It was clearly the limitation of the 100 km that gave birth to the idea," enthuses this 43-year-old boat instructor. We realized that we have a region which is extraordinary and that we have not seen a quarter of it. "Like Yann, who admits having" camped three times in his life ", the French will be numerous this summer to learn about "van life".

With 2 million motorhomes in circulation in Europe, including nearly 505,000 in France, the sector has grown over the past ten years. Since the deconfinement of the concessions on May 11, "there is an important recovery", enthuses Hervé Gautier, director of operations of the builders' union UNI VDL. Some 3,529 new motorhomes and vans were registered in May, i.e. + 1.82% compared to May 2019, despite having only been open for three weeks since deconfinement.

For Caroline Matichard, of the Federation of Campers, Caravans and Motorhomes (FFCC), "there is a real craze for the uninitiated. People say + with a motorhome, no worries, I respect the social distancing +. " This enthusiasm is due as much to "the desire for the great outdoors after two confined months" as to "control of the level of exposure to the crowd", according to Benoît Panel, co-founder of the motorhome rental platform between individuals Yescapa . "The side + vacation à la carte + explains the trend for several years. The most this year is the level of exposure + à la carte +."

"In the end, we have little contact with the outside world, we can be enough for ourselves," says Yvon Mingant, a retired Breton and motorhome driver for 40 years. "No need to go to restaurants, the only obligation is to go to gas stations." The jump in demand is particularly marked for rental vehicles: Yescapa recorded more than 8,000 reservation requests in two weeks, 20% more than last year at the same period, with more than 300 requests per day. "We went from nothing to everything. It was an emotional roller coaster," notes Benoît Panel, who speaks of "two months of almost complete cessation". The group thought it would have to lay off but has just relaunched offers to increase its workforce by a third.

The Avis group's motorhome franchise has seen the number of daily bookings double since the deconfinement compared to the same period last year. "We are going to have a great season in France, but that will not be enough to fulfill our objectives for the year", tempers Antoine Vaucher, general manager of Avis Car Away, who fears that the requests will not compensate for the massive cancellations and the loss of foreign customers.

The group is banking on a flexible cancellation policy and is playing the "change of scenery in France" card to attract holidaymakers forced to give up distant destinations. Result: the share of new clients among tenants has doubled since the deconfinement. A trend that is found in dealerships. "We had extremely strong demand," notes François Feuillet, president of Trigano, the European leader in motorhomes. "People wanted to make sure they got their camper as soon as possible."

He estimates that less than 20% of demand comes from former customers, up from 45% last year. In May, the automaker's French distributors recorded 20 to 30% more orders compared to 2019. Some did not wait for the concessions to reopen. "It is very difficult to understand why a couple will buy a vehicle on the internet that costs more than 50,000 euros without seeing it physically, without touching it, without knowing if the mattress is comfortable," said François Feuillet. "Yet that is what happened." The client base remains young couples and new retirees, an increasingly large proportion of whom own a recreational vehicle.