Nearly 4.5 million people took advantage of holiday vouchers in 2018, a further increase in the title, whose "total" dematerialization is expected at the beginning of 2020, according to an annual report submitted Tuesday. This system of subsidized shopping coupons – launched in 1982 – aims to encourage recreational trips for the largest number of French people.
Almost 4.5 million beneficiaries
The holiday voucher, especially purchased by business councils and distributed to public and private employees, receives more than 210,000 tourism professionals (transport, accommodation, culture, etc.).
Last year, the total amount of holiday vouchers issued amounted to EUR 1.67 billion, an increase of 2.4% compared to 2017, the National Holiday Vouchers Agency (ANCV) said. ).
The number of direct beneficiaries was 4,473 million, a figure that rises to 11 million when they are family members who also used these holiday vouchers.
The number of "active" customers (including business councils) with at least one holiday voucher order was 51,000 this year, an increase of 19% in one year. "Strong dynamics" of small businesses with less than 50 employees.
Request for payment on smartphone
Last July, the Confederation of Tourism Actors – bringing together hoteliers, restorers, travel agencies, etc. – initiated a decree that increased from 1% to 2.5% – from 1 January 2019 – the commission rate received by ANCV when holiday and tourism providers Recreation Services Are Paid From Vacation Vouchers From She.
As regards the dematerialisation of the title, the ANCV states that it will propose a "fully dematerialized" payment solution in early 2020. This feature is called "Chèque-Vacances Connect" and can be used anywhere near a network of professionals, simply using a payment application
smartphones ”, both in face-to-face, remote, online payments.
The title will also continue to be published and marketed in its traditional form, he says.