French tourism regaining its liveliness

Published on : Wednesday, June 7, 2017

French tourismAccording to Xavier Bailly, administrator of the Abbey of Mont Saint Michel, one of the most visited cultural sites in France, “We had a very, very, very good month of April.” The visitation rate of this place had suffered a setback after the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris and the July 2016 attacks in Nice. However, it has increased by nearly 7% since the beginning of the year.

“The weather is very favorable for French tourism,” Dominique Hummel – Futuroscope’s” technology based theme park’s President – pointed out. The park recorded an increase of “around 10% over the four weeks of the April school holidays”. He said, at the “Galeries Lafayette in Paris, we can see that the foreign tourists – namely Chinese, Russian and Japanese – has come back”.

According to Christian Mantei, CEO of “Atout France”, the country’s tourism development agency, “France is going through a very healthy period after a very difficult 2016. We started to see an improvement in November-December, and then there was an acceleration throughout the first quarter. For the second quarter, it looks like we will be returning to the rate we had in 2015, or 2014, in terms of overall attendance.” He also restated the fact that the requests for tourist visas increased by 32% between January and March. French hoteliers are also smiling again with occupancy rates in the upswing.

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