Published on : Friday, February 23, 2018
The year 2017 was the best season for the foreign visitors of this romantic city. The hotel bookings in Paris and the wider Ile de France region rose to 33.8 million, the local tourist federation. There were big rises in numbers of Japanese, German and United States visitors.
The total tourists’ influx fell to 30.9 million in 2016 from 32.4 million in 2015, a drop largely viewed as a reaction to the attacks, including a coordinated series in the capital in November 2015 in which Islamist gunmen and suicide bombers killed 130 people.
The 2017 tally rose 9.9 percent to 15.9 million in inner Paris, and 9.5 percent in Ile de France, which includes the Chateau de Versailles.
Eric Jeunemaitre, President of the CRT tourism body said that the tourism industry in France has shown how resilient it is after the attacks, strikes and bad weather incidents that took a toll in 2015 and 2016. But the due to tight security, the international tourists without fear visited the place and this will continue in 2018 also.
Most visited list in Paris were the Louvre museum with 8.1 million visits, followed by the Chateau de Versailles at 7.7 million and, in third place, the Eiffel Tower, at 6.2 million.