Paris witnesses an increase in tourism, but is wary after Barcelona attacks

Published on : Wednesday, August 23, 2017

parisParis is all set to welcome more tourists this year than ever before after a great performance first half, although some potential visitors might think again after the Barcelona attack.

 
Paris registered 16.4 million arrivals in the first six months up to June, as per its tourist board. This is indeed a promising recovery after Islamist attacks in the French capital in November 2015 that killed 130 people.

 
Frederic Valletoux, President of the Paris region tourist board, said that a strong July and August, and good bookings for September meant that the region could see 32-34 million tourist arrivals this year compared with 30 million in 2016 and 32 million in 2015.

 
Valletoux said, “Now will Barcelona have an impact on other destinations like Paris? It’s hard to say. It’s Europe. The international situation remains turbulent and terrorism a daily threat.”

 
The 10.2 percent year-on-year bounce in first half arrivals was driven by a 14.9 percent rise in foreign tourists, led by Americans and Chinese. However, lesser number of Britons visited as the pound lost value amid uncertainties over Brexit.

 
Tourism generates over 7 percent of France’s national income. In the Ile de France region, which includes Paris – one of the world’s most visited cities – about half a million people have jobs linked to tourism.

 
Valletoux said it was likely that Barcelona’s tourism sector would now take a hit, but the experience of Paris and New York showed the Spanish city would recover.

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