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Paris occupancy halved as international visitors stay away

French tourism industry badly hit by security concerns, with international tourists hesitating to head to France
09/08/2016

Paris hotels had an occupancy rate of only 32 per cent in the second half of July, compared to 77 per cent in 2015, according to a French tourism minister.

And hotels in Nice suffered a 45 per cent drop in revenue in the fortnight following the July 14 attack that left 85 dead.

The French tourism industry has been badly hit by security concerns, with international tourists hesitating to holiday in the country.

Matthias Fekl, junior minister for tourism, is heading up a million-euro campaign to promote France as a safe destination.

In an interview with Le Journal du Dimanche, Fekl said that the number of nights booked by international visitors to France fell by 10 per cent in the first half of the year. The number of overnight stays in July was also down 10 per cent year on year.

Fekl added that the vast majority of those staying away are visitors from the US, Asia and the Middle East. Visitors from the three regions “strongly reacted to the attacks and with the plush hotels suffering more,” according to the minister. 

And while European visitors – who account for around 80 per cent of France's tourist trade – are still coming, international flight bookings for August and September are down 20 per cent according to travel data company ForwardKeys.


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