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Published on : Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Fuelled by anti-Paris comments made by the US president, visitor numbers hit a 10-year high after the bad phase of 2016. After a series of terrorist attacks in France, the visitors are back to the country in record numbers.
According to figures for the first half of 2017, the number of people making a trip to Paris and surrounding Île de France region has hit a 10-year high. Paris region hoteliers registered 16 million guests, the highest number for the same period in the past decade.
Visitors to Paris and Île-de-France region increased by 14.6%, and by 6.4% in other parts of France.
Although there were few incidents of robberies targeting Asian tourists, Japanese visitors increased by 40.5% and Chinese by 29.5%. There were around 1.14 million Americans, as well as more Germans and Spaniards. While Paris remains popular with the British, their number dropped by 1.7% in the first half of this year.
Visitor numbers for all the major attractions in the city including the Arc de Triomphe and the Tour Montparnasse, and those outside, namely the châteaux at Vincennes, Versailles and Fontainebleau, have all increased.
Frédéric Valletoux, CRT president, said strong visitor figures in July and August as well as bookings for September indicates that a record 32-34 million visitors are expected this year
The French president, Emmanuel Macron, succeeded in bringing Donald Trump to Paris in July, in part to show that the capital was not the “out of control” and “dangerous” place he had described, but welcoming and open for business.