Paris – one of the worst affected in tourism

 Monday, August 23, 2021 


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COVID-19 has impacted a lot of tourist destinations around the world, but who would have thought that Paris would be one of the worst affected? Paris, France’s greatest attraction, is witnessing a massive decline in tourism, even after Europe opened its doors for travelers. Paris, that had witnessed 10 million tourists between June and August, 2019, only had somewhere between 3.6 million to 4.7 million visitors this year during the same months.

Tourism declineis mainly due to tourists from far off places not traveling to France this year. France had earlier segregated countries in a red, orange, and green color-coded system, determining whether visitors require a Covid test before visit, need to quarantine, and also to find out the urgency of their visit. Even though majority of France was opened, like its famed museums and more, the number of inbound tourists in Paris proved to be a disappointment.

In fact, reports suggest that Paris’ occupancy rates are worse than anywhere else in France. The hotel revenues are down 60 per cent in the city.

River Seine, which happens to be one of the main attractions of Paris, has also been affected by the drop in tourists. Boating company Vedettes de Paris that offers sightseeing on the Seine, has had a 50 percent drop this year compared to 2019. The Eiffel Tower opening up in mid-July also witnessed half its usual daily number of visitors.

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