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3 March 2017

The development of International Tourist Zones

A progress report on the implementation of International Tourist Zones (ZTIs), which allow shop opening hours to be extended to Sundays and evenings, shows that, to date, 21 ZTIs have been created in Paris and outside the capital. The Government is considering the possible creation of two new ZTIs, in Arcachon (Gironde) and on the island of Saint Martin (Antilles).
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On 1 March, Myriam El Khomri and Martine Pinville chaired the second plenary meeting of the Observatoire du commerce dans les ZTI (Observatory for Trade in the ZTIs), in the presence of its vice-president, Jean Gaeremynck.
This meeting was an opportunity to report on the implementation of ZTIs, which have been created to develop the economic potential of tourism in France by extending shop opening hours to Sundays and evenings, to take account of tourist numbers in certain geographical areas.
To date, 21 ZTIs have been established by ministerial orders:
  • 12 in Paris: Beaugrenelle, Champs-Élysées Montaigne, Haussmann, Le Marais, Les Halles, Maillot-Ternes, Montmartre, Olympiades, Rennes Saint-Sulpice, Saint-Émilion Bibliothèque, Saint-Germain and Saint-Honoré Vendôme.
  • 9 outside Paris: Cannes (city centre and La Bocca), Nice (city centre and waterfront), Saint-Laurent-du-Var (waterfront and “Cap 3000” shopping centre), Cagnes-sur-Mer (town centre, waterfront and “Polygone Riviera” shopping centre), Deauville (town centre and waterfront), Serris en Seine-et-Marne (“Val-d’Europe” and “La Vallée Village” shopping centres), Antibes (town centre, Old Antibes and Juan-les-Pins), Dijon (city centre and gastronomic area), and La Baule (town centre, La Baule-les-Pins, casino area and market area).
The ministers announced that two further dossiers could lead to the launch of a consultation concerning part of the territory of the municipality of Arcachon and the overseas collectivity of Saint Martin.
Regarding the assessment of the ZTI scheme, an initial survey, carried out in September 2016 among 1070 Parisian shop owners, reveals that the number of shops open on Sundays in the ZTIs has grown by 3.3% (from 17.5% to 20.8%), compared to 0.6% outside the ZTIs. Shops specialising in luxury goods and those with more than 10 employees were among the first to benefit from the measure, with an increase in the number of openings from 48 to 72%.
The initial findings of the second survey, which is still being carried out, confirms this increase: at the end of January 2017, more than one in four shops located in a ZTI (27%) were open. This same survey will also lead to a better understanding of the impact of the ZTI scheme, with the Sunday opening of three department stores in the first half of 2017.
Outside Paris, at the end of January 2017 the barometer of shops opening on Sundays in the ZTIs points to a significant increase in Sunday openings in Deauville (more than 70%), in La Baule (almost half) and Nice (almost a third).
In addition to these surveys, three thematic committees are continuing their discussions on a number of issues, including identifying ways of facilitating the implementation of Sunday and evening openings in the ZTIs, promoting the ZTIs internationally and delivering and raising the profile of this offering for customers.

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