Despite drop in tourists, France is still the world’s top destination

Published on : Wednesday, February 22, 2017

France is still the world’s top destinationIn 2016, there was a drop of around 1.5 million tourists in Paris. This was due to a series of terror attacks which scared the visitors, especially from China and Japan. However, tourist numbers started picking up towards the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017. This is a clear sign of the slump easing up gradually.

In 2016, number of international visitors to Paris fell by almost 9%, with Japanese tourists going down by more than 40% and Chinese by 20%. Tourists from other European countries also decreased considerably. Hotels also saw a decline in occupancy rates. Even popular tourist attractions like Louvre museum, the Musee d’Orsay and Disneyland Paris saw decline in tourist numbers.

However, tourists from the U.S. didn’t drop much with a slump of just 5%. In any case, decline in tourist numbers cost Paris around 1.3 billion Euros.

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