A while ago I made a post about the idea that people were sometimes put off coming to France for a holiday because it was ‘no longer French enough‘ – the suggestion being that France is becoming more ‘generic European’ and less like the traditional France that made it so interesting.
True or not, the question has come up again as I have spent the last couple of weeks updating the gites.
We now have flat-screen TV’s in both the gites, along with DVD players and a good selection of films – but we don’t have English TV, and I am a bit tormented whether we should have it or not. I know that lots of gites (well, those with English owners at least) do now have English television available, and it’s moderately easy to install, even here in deepest darkest southern France. But is is the right thing to do?
My personal view is probably that people aren’t bothered, they don’t come on holiday to watch Eastenders etc and it is another nail in the coffin of making a holiday in France seem less ‘foreign’.
But of course my view doesn’t matter, what matters is whether we would get more bookings if we did have it installed, or could charge more per week; or we would get less bookings because families think their children would spend all day glued to the TV; or it would make no difference whatsoever to anything.
There is also the ‘special case’ of sporting events such as the World Cup or Tour de France for example, where UK television channels have a completely different focus than French TV. Important to some – but how many? Perhaps a real soccer enthusiast will refuse to leave home anyway during the World Cup, and a cycling enthusiast can manage without endless interviews with and about Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, as long as they can see the race.
Anyway, all thoughts would be very welcome. How do I decide? Should I or shouldn’t I get it installed for 2011 or will I be helping to undermine the very reason why people are coming to France in the first place?