France Women’s World Cup: Tackling the Relocation Challenges
Posted by: Isabelle Grimbert, Director, International Assignment Services, France.
The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup hosted by France will kick-off on 7 June through to 7 July as 24 teams battle it out to lift the all-important trophy. But who will be the champions? Will the French team win on home soil? Or perhaps defending champions the U.S. will scoop the prize for a fourth time?
With more than 720,000 tickets sold, the event will have a significant impact on international assignees relocating during the competition, but life is expected to return to normal quickly and have no lasting impact on long-term rental properties.
Which cities will be impacted?
France will host the tournament across nine venues, with the final held at Lyon’s Parc Olympique. The cities hosting football matches during the tournament include:
- Le Havre
Tackling the Relocation Challenges
- Assignees planning to go to France need to act fast to secure temporary accommodation (especially hotels and serviced apartments). Alternatively, consider delaying trips until after 7 July when the tournament has finished.
- Demand for flights and local transportation will be extremely high and at inflated cost during this period.
- Airports will be busy, particularly at the beginning and end of the tournament and assignees should anticipate tighter security protocols that may take longer to get through.
- Roads will be congested and public transport will be especially impacted, so assignees should allow extra time when travelling.
- If home search, school search, and look/see trips have to be scheduled during the tournament, companies should consider extending them from the typical three days to five or rearrange them outside the tournament period.
- In addition to personal travel plans being interrupted, movement of household goods could also be delayed.
Setting Expectations for International Assignees
With the countdown well under way, companies can still take steps to ensure assignments are successful. It’s important to communicate with international assignees and their families, setting their expectations ahead of the move by letting them know the potential impact the World Cup may have on their relocation.
Should you have any questions about your own relocation programme, your Cartus contact will be more than happy to help. Also, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the World Cup visit fifa.com/womensworldcup.