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Three questions to Horesca’s François Koepp



François Koepp of hospitaly association Horesca is seeing hope for 2022 dwindle with rising infection numbers Library photo: Romain Gamba / Maison Moderne

François Koepp of hospitaly association Horesca is seeing hope for 2022 dwindle with rising infection numbers Library photo: Romain Gamba / Maison Moderne

François Koepp, CEO of hospitality industry association Horesca, is grateful for the Christmas markets, he tells Delano in a three questions interview.

Do you feel optimistic for the year 2022?

François Koepp: In October we were optimistic. Figures were good, businesses were bringing in enough to start clearing their debts. Then, when cases in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium began to rise in mid-November, we started to see New Year’s Eve parties in Luxembourg cancelled. Now, around 20% of hotel reservations are vanishing. For comparison, in 2018, room occupancy in Luxembourg was at around 80%. This year, it will approach around 43-45%, a percentage point loss of around 35.

What would you like to see changing?

Enterprises should have the power to carry out identity checks with the covid pass to guarantee safety for guests and staff. A volunteer measure to take a lateral flow test alongside the CovidCheck could help provide an extra layer of reassurance at events where people are circulating and not sitting down.

What do you think about the covid measures at the Christmas markets?

I’m glad the Christmas markets are taking place and I think they are doing a good job. I saw a group without vaccination certificates being turned away. The markets attract people to the city and enable the city’s businesses to share in a slice of the cake, so to speak. 

This article first appeared in the January 2022 special forecast edition of Delano magazine. Parliament has since voted into force new rules enabling businesses to carry out identity checks of people during CovidCheck.