French tourism up despite terror attacks16 June
Even with tourism dropping as a result of last year’s terror attacks, France continues to remain an incredibly popular destination for international tourists.
Tourism to country increased by 0.9% in 2015, with 84.5 million people visiting the country.
The new figures from the French Government indicate that whilst the number of tourists visiting in November and December dropped by 15% following the attacks on November 13, the year as a whole still posted an increase.
French authorities continue to state that the country remains the world's leading tourist destination – a statement that is hard to argue against considering the volume of visitors. Hotel stays also rose, up 0.8% across France in 2015.
When comparing the source of tourism, the largest increase was among those arriving from Asia. Numbers here increased by 22.7% with US tourists rising by 15.2% to 3.6 million in 2015.
Whilst the number of European visitors dropped 1.5drop in but the number of British tourists crossing the Channel went up 3.3%.