The city centre of Trois-Rivières is historically quiet for a holiday of the building. Entrepreneurs in the tourist industry admit that the summer season will be totally forgotten.
“Since the pandemic, the phone does dérougissait not, but it was to cancel bookings. While I was full for almost a year, I lost 80 % of my clientele! This is unheard of for us,” said in an interview with TVA News the co-owner of the Gîte Loiselle, Liette Genest.
It must be said that the crisis of the COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the major events of the City. Including the Grand Prix of Trois-Rivières, le Festivoix or even the Cirque du Soleil shows at the Amphitheatre Cogeco.
Therefore, entrepreneurs record losses.
“The income of the three months of closure, I’m not going to be able to take them back,” explained the co-owner of The Adventurer paintball, Nancy Houle.
“For a company like ours, the second and third quarters are crucial, she explained. I’m not even yet able to quantify the losses! All the more that we do not know when the second wave is going to hit.”
Yet the family business made his way to a record year. However, no one could predict this pandemic in history. To keep afloat, they have had to put aside the investment and new focus to reduce the losses.
The restaurants continue to operate at reduced capacity. For the co-owner of the restaurant Le Brasier 1908, the challenge is twofold, since it is located inside of a hotel and the Convention Center.
“The Hotel does not work, the congress is cancelled, and we must forget about the international tourists, said Yves Beaudoin. Since our reopening, we work on the basis of 30 % sometimes 40 % of our turnover. Fortunately, as my area is great, I still have 100 spots on my 200 available.”
To add an offer and economic vitality, on the second floor of the harbourfront park in Trois-Rivières will be transformed into terrace collective the Saint-Lau where it will be possible to order and to taste dishes and drinks from more than a dozen restaurants.
Recall that according to a recent survey, 61 % of restaurant owners in Quebec will not survive beyond six months if nothing changes.