Airbnb: in the Somme, owners benefit from the effect of the Olympic Games

Airbnb: in the Somme, owners benefit from the effect of the Olympic Games
Airbnb: in the Somme, owners benefit from the effect of the Olympic Games

“I have travelers who told me that they were very happy to leave the Paris region in the midst of the excitement of the Olympic Games to come to us,” says Magali Alipré. She has been responsible for a concierge service specializing in furnished tourist rentals for more than 2 years. She manages the rental of accommodation in Amiens and 24 in the Bay of Somme and explains that its nightly rents have already increased between mid-July and the end of August to benefit from the effect of the Olympic Games.

Parisians who come to seek calm

Magali Alipré, head of the concierge, explains that she has increased the price of her overnight stays by around 5 euros, both for her rentals in the Bay of Somme and in Amiens. During the Olympic Games period, she observes two different phenomena. Tourists who come for the Olympic Games, but also Parisians who wish to leave the capital during this period.

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The concierge adds that she imagines that the inhabitants of Île-de-France will then take the opportunity to rent their accommodation near the capital to tourists who come to watch the Olympic Games. Tourists who come from elsewhere with difficulty to Picardy. “I thought I would have a few more people for the Olympic Games, but that’s not the case”, regrets Magali Alipré. Then she adds: “I think it’s mixed becauseanother collaborator told me that for him this period was completely full. I was surprised !”

“The price of an Airbnb in Amiens will never be the price of one in Paris”

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According to Magali Alipré, it is perhaps the proximity of the accommodation to the station and the number of beds offered which influences the number of reservations. “In Amiens, we are only an hour from Paris”, observes the concierge. Then she adds: “Even with the train ticket and public transport, the price of an Airbnb in Amiens will never be the price of an Airbnb in Paris. It could be very interesting for travelers!”

This Monday, May 20, we connected to the Airbnb site to compare the prices of booking accommodation near the train station in Amiens between the weekend of June 1 and 2 and the weekend of July 27-28 , which corresponds to the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. Rates start at 33 euros per night in June and 39 euros in July. In August, overnight stays at 33 euros near the station are again available. Prices are therefore not stable and do not increase in the same way throughout the period of the Olympic Games.

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