Thursday 29 September 2016

Terror attacks, strikes and floods hit Paris tourism

Published 24/08/2016 | 09:26

Tourism represents about 7% of the French economy
Tourism represents about 7% of the French economy

Fewer foreign tourists are visiting the Paris region after deadly terror attacks last year and a season of strikes, violent industrial action and exceptional floods.

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The regional tourism office this week reported figures for the first half of 2016 showing that the drop was especially high among Japanese, Russian and Chinese visitors.

Spending on hotels fell particularly sharply, but was partially offset by a rise in the number of people staying in private apartment offerings.

Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has called a meeting for early September to find ways to revive tourism, which represents about 7% of the French economy.

Other French regions have not been as hard hit as Paris, though French Riviera tourism was shaken by the truck attack in Nice last month that killed 86.

AP

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