Minister of State Pierre Dartout has welcomed the encouraging results of the summer tourist season, thanks in particular to the return of an international clientele with strong purchasing power. Speaking on Friday, September 16, he said: “The very significant drop in the Russian clientele does not impact the overall result of the hotel industry in Monaco, because the contribution is changing positively on all the other markets, with in particular European, North American and American and Middle Eastern visitors.”

“In terms of business tourism, the situation is very encouraging, with the holding of major congresses and in particular the return of the Rendez-vous de September, the global insurance industry summit.

The minister went on to warn that there has been an increase in new coronavirus cases in recent days, taking the rolling seven-day incidence rate to 120.1, measured in terms of 100,000 population. He said that to date the hospital situation is not worrying.

“However, the possibilities of an eighth wave are real. This is why everyone must respect the barrier gestures that constitute simple and very effective preventive measures,” he said.

Turning to energy, Mr Dartout said that Monaco’s Government is working on an energy savings plan very soon. “In this area, we are all responsible… We must be much more frugal in our daily consumption.”