French tourism up despite terror attacks

16 June 2017

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%.

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