Wednesday 16 August 2017

French tourism figures hit hard by terrorism

Flight bookings to Nice dropped 57pc after an attack on July 14, while planned arrivals this month and in September are down by about a fifth for France as a whole (Stock picture)
Flight bookings to Nice dropped 57pc after an attack on July 14, while planned arrivals this month and in September are down by about a fifth for France as a whole (Stock picture)

Terrorist attacks are taking their toll on France's tourism industry, with Paris bearing the brunt of a drop in visits by holidaymakers from outside Europe.

Overnight stays fell about 10pc on average in the year to the end of July, despite France hosting soccer's European Championships.

High-spending travelers from the US, Asia and the Persian Gulf states are reacting strongly to the attacks, French Secretary of State for Tourism Matthias Fekl said in an interview with the Journal du Dimanche.

Luxury accommodation is worst hit, while travelers within Europe haven't cancelled plans, he said.

Tourism is big business for France, which has suffered a series of Isil-inspired killings in the past year. Flight bookings to Nice dropped 57pc after an attack on July 14, while planned arrivals this month and in September are down by about a fifth for France as a whole.

Irish Independent

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