French tourism reached a record height despite violent “yellow vest” protests!

Published on : Friday, April 12, 2019

In 2018, French tourism figures reached a new record height in spite of weeks of violent “yellow vest” protests that caused a drop, the national statistics institute (INSEE) said on Tuesday.


At French tourist accommodation, the number of nights spent by people, including hotels, campsites and youth hostels, increased to 438.2 million in 2018, up 9 million on 2017, INSEE said.


The report did not comprise figures for home-sharing platforms like Airbnb.


International tourists fuelled the rush, with huge increases in Italian, Spanish and German tourists, reported by accommodation providers.


The rush came in a year “marked by large-scale nationwide social movements on two occasions,” INSEE noted, mentioning two months of rolling rail strikes between April to June and the “yellow vest” anti-government complaints that started in mid-November.


The weekly demonstrations, which concluded regularly in rioting and looting in Paris and other major cities, caused a 5.3 percent drop in Paris hotel stays in December, the statistics showed.


Countrywide, the impact was marginal, with only a 1.1 percent fall reported over the month.


Tourist industry operators are anxious that 2019 will be less generous, with plans of Britain to leave the European Union causing an apprehension of a decline in cross-Channel visits.

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