France mulls to tighten security to allay fears of Asian tourists

Published on : Tuesday, November 8, 2016

asian-touristsIn order to avoid a sharp drop in visitor numbers and allay fears of Asian tourists, France is mulling to tighten security and bring in more police units and surveillance cameras.


Deadly militant attacks, notably in Paris and the Riviera city of Nice, coupled with a spate of robberies targeting Asian tourists have raised apprehensions among the tourism stakeholders about the likely fallout. It is being suggested by tourism experts that these incidents might result in 4 to 5 per cent fall in tourist arrivals this year to the country.


Prime Minister Manuel Valls convened a government committee on tourism on November 7. During the meet he granted about €43 million (S$66 million) to fund security as well as an advertising campaign and measures to help restaurants and hotels.


Le Figaro, the French daily morning newspaper citing unnamed sources, said that the government will also develop a tourist security label to communicate the safety of sites while the extra police and cameras will mainly be focused on visitor attractions and access routes in and around Paris.


France is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Almost 85 million tourists visited France last year.


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