Bastille Day attack shrinks flight reservations

Published on : Monday, August 1, 2016

Bastille Day attackThe Bastille Day attack in Nice that killed 84 people has adversely affected the tourism sector of France in the latter part of July. A majority of foreign tourists have boycotted this part of the world post the attacks even during the peak season.


Air travels shrank at least by 8.8% as compared to the air traffic in 2015, following the terror attack in Nice on 14th July on Promenade des Anglais boulevard of Rivera city, as revealed by a study by ForwardKeys.


The French tourism industry has already been experiencing a slump ever since the terror attacks of 13th November, 2015 around the region of Paris that claimed the lives of 130 people.


The arrivals to France decreased by5.8% in the period between January and 10th July, and the arrivals to Paris went down by 11% during this time.


However, after the Nice attacks, flight reservations to France went down by as much as 20%.


France is among the topmost tourist locales in the world. Its tourism industry constitutes about nine percent of the GDP.


The country was hopeful of a boost in its tourism sector through the Euro 2016 football championships. However, the recent developments disappointed France to a great extent.


Herve Becam, chairman, hotelier union Umih said that the current tourism trends in the country were gloomy though Frederick Valletoux said that the French clients were quite firm.


The Cote d’Azur area close to Nice is one of the popular tourist attractions during summer. But then, the hotel occupancy rates have fallen from five to 10%, according to the figures released last week.


Hotelier union Umih has predicted a fall of 20% in Paris, affecting hotels and even restaurants.


The other parts of France have also been affected, like Normandy. In Normandy, two jihadists had killed a priest last Tuesday.


Prior to the Nice attacks, the revenue of the five-star Parisian hotels increased by nine percent. But, the revenues shrank by 45% within 28th July as declared by the Prestige offshoot of Umih. Prestige went on to add that the Chinese travellers were having a new disregard for France and Paris.


Alain de Mendonca, chairman of a travel firm said that before Nice attacks, the tourism sector of France was looking smart. He said that people have been scared to visit the airport after the Nice attack.


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