Tackling the Challenges: European Football Championship and the Impact on Relocation
The 2016 UEFA European Football Championship or ‘Euros’ is just weeks away and as a football fan myself, it’s going to be a great start to the summer (if England does well, that is). Hosted by France between 10 June and 10 July, the event may impact international assignees relocating in the coming weeks.
The tournament takes place every four years in different European countries. This year’s matches will be held in 10 locations across France:
Temporary Accommodation: Stiff Competition
Football fans are expected to travel to France in the tens of thousands this summer, so temporary accommodation could be difficult to source. And if assignees do find something suitable, it may be a little more expensive due to demand. If you know of moves taking place during this time, we recommend that you act fast to book necessary accommodation. Don’t forget that assignees aren’t just competing with supporters, but media and football teams as well.
The good news for those on assignment during this time is that we don’t expect long-term rental properties to be affected, as most supporters will have booked hotels or serviced apartments.
Transportation: Stay Ahead of the Game
With any major event comes travel disruption. Airports will be busy, particularly at the beginning (10 June) and end of the tournament (10 July). Security protocols in airports may also take a little longer. Indeed, security will be tight across France, especially at landmarks, major transport links, and around matchday football stadiums.
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.
Set Expectations: Don’t Watch From the Sidelines
Advance planning is key and although there are only weeks to go until kick off, companies can still take steps to ensure assignments are successful. It’s important to communicate with assignees and their families. Set their expectations ahead of the move by letting them know the potential impact the Euros may have on their relocation. It may not just be their own travel plans that are disrupted, but household goods could also be delayed.
Despite the challenges, France will have a real festival atmosphere during the Euros with all the supporters getting behind their teams. 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.
Good luck to all the teams. England are yet to be crowned winners, but with a relatively straightforward first round, fans are…ever so…slightly…optimistic.