in Marseille, hoteliers and restaurateurs are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Olympic flame

in Marseille, hoteliers and restaurateurs are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Olympic flame
in Marseille, hoteliers and restaurateurs are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Olympic flame

A few days before the arrival of the Olympic flame in Marseille, the city is in turmoil. Hotels and restaurants are preparing to receive nearly 150,000 visitors on May 8, when the flame arrives in the Old Port.

D-7 before the arrival of the Olympic flame in France. In just a week, the Olympic flame will shine over the Old Port of Marseille after a majestic parade around the harbor, then a major popular festival. A particularly important moment for restaurateurs and hoteliers, who are fully booked for the occasion.

“We really need arms”

At Nicolas Guyot’s Hôtel Carrée, located in the Old Port, the reservation book is already full. On May 8, all personnel will be on deck. “For a year, our establishments have been full. The hotels in the Old Port have been taken by storm. So, unless you share the room with someone else, it’s going to be complicated,” he jokes.

Reservations made massively by the sponsors of the Olympic flame to invite their customers. And between cocktails and other events, specialized temp agencies are called upon, like Jean-Philippe Carmona, director of Victory Interim. “We really need help. The closer we get to the date, the more impressive and complicated it becomes. We should need around a hundred additional people when the flame arrives,” he explains to microphone from Europe 1.

Huge workload

And for this public holiday, restaurateurs also expect a major influx of tourists and are organizing themselves to meet demand. “We are ready to face it and all our colleagues are ready to face it,” exclaims Frédéric Jeanjean, restaurateur in the Old Port.

“We won’t count the hours. Afterwards, we are looking but I think we should double the team. We will indeed be in full swing,” he continues. In all, 150,000 people are expected to attend the maritime parade and the arrival of the Olympic flame.

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