Published on : Wednesday, July 26, 2017
This year there is a tourism surge in Paris. The high-kicking dancers are enthralling full houses again at the Moulin Rouge and art lovers are swarming the Louvre.
By the end of 2016, Paris saw a record of 2.6 million foreign arrivals in the first four months of this year, which is a 19 percent increase over the same period in 2016.
Top Moulin Rouge official Jean-Victor Clerico shared about the escalation in tourism. Mostly Brits used to come here. The bloodly events of mishaps and terrorist attacks are totally wiping out in this year.
Since then terror attacks have become more frequent and widespread, hitting not just France but also Belgium, Britain and Germany.
The terror attacks are mostly affecting heavily the tourism for shorter and shorter periods. The Tourism Ministry of France expects a five to six percent surge in overall arrival of overseas tourists in France this year, for a new record of 89 million visitors in 2017.
The lowest point of the tourism arrival for Paris came at the end of March 2016, which was four and a half months after the Paris attacks, when Islamic State group jihadists targeted ordinary people enjoying an evening out at trendy eateries, a concert hall and the national stadium.
The tourist numbers were also affected by social unrest as hundreds of thousands took to the streets around France in sometimes violent protests against labour reforms. Now there is an influx of the Chinese tourists, as well as Americans, who are expected to set new records this year.
However, the people of Britain are contributing less to the recovery because of a factor that has nothing to do with terrorism. The vote to leave the European Union has dragged down the pound, making travel more expensive.