It’s high summer in Paris, but the number of foreign visitors has dropped by 15 % since the beginning of the season, with tourism authorities reporting no less than six percent fewer Americans visiting France this season in comparison to 2015. The identical situation applies country wide, based on local tourism officials.
Laurent Duc from the hotel owners’ union UMIH blamed the problem on security fears and labor unrest.
“When they watch precisely what is happening in France on tv Americans only observe that the country is broken. There are strikes within the airports, the streets are filled with trash, also on account of strikes and naturally the terrorist attacks,” he was quoted saying. “Therefore they [avoid] our country.”
Duc, who owns an hotel near the city of Lyon, is not alone in their worry about the strike security companies in general and Americans particularly this season season. Normally around 3.2 million Americans visit France each year.
Airlines companies say 19.2 percent fewer flights were booked to France by American visitors in the last week of July.
After the 1st quarter, there ended up being 35 percent fewer American visitors than during the same period a year ago, as outlined by Didier Chenet, president of the hotels, restaurants and bars union, GNI-Synhorcat.
“We have already had 10 percent less bookings inside the Paris region just for this summer compared to last year,” he added.
The Paris region especially has been severely impacted by the drop in numbers of American tourists. For the usually popular summer sales, relative few Usa tourists made the trip.
“This year we had much fewer Americans than the other years,” said Sheherazad Beljnaoui, head of a women fashion store in the capital’s Le Marais neighborhood. “In general they like our clothes and they are numerous all year around but in particular throughout the sales. Not this season.”
The south east of France also has suffered a whole lot because the July 14 terror attack in Nice, which cost 84 lives on Bastille Day. The State Secretary of Tourism has not published official numbers, however the main agency that promotes tourism in the united states, Atout France, confirmed a six percent drop in the quantity of American visitors in July compared to the same month a year ago.
“Europeans will still be numerous, but tourists coming from the Usa and Canada in addition to Japan and Brazil are generally below this past year,” said spokesman Philippe Maud’hui.
He was quoted saying those visitors usually spend more money money than French or European tourists do on hotels and restaurants.
The terror attack in Nice, and the killing of your priest nearby the city of Rouen by two men linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) included in existing concerns about safety.
Way back in May the State Department cautioned Americans about planing a trip to France, citing last year’s terrorist attacks. The advisory applies until August 31.
France’s secretary of state for tourism, Matthias Fekl, stated that wealthy tourists from three regions particularly – the U.S., Asia and Gulf countries – “reacted strongly to str1ke attacks” and are staying away.
But tourism industry representatives say strikes are increasing the typical drop in foreign tourist numbers.
The nation was just emerging from your results of the November ISIS attacks in Paris when industrial actions erupted.
After France, the subsequent most popular destination for American visitors is Britain. Some 3.01 million visited that country a year ago, tourism data show.
Next came Spain and Ireland, with 1.22 and 1.17 million respectively.
Britain, Spain and Ireland may benefit from France’s losses this season, although no official figures are yet accessible to show whether that can be the situation.