It’s high summer in Paris, but the number of foreign visitors has dropped by 15 % since the start of the season, with tourism authorities reporting no less than six percent fewer Americans coming to France this season in comparison to 2015. The same situation applies country wide, as outlined by local tourism officials.
Laurent Duc of your hotel owners’ union UMIH blamed the situation on security fears and labor unrest.
“When they watch exactly what is happening in France on television Americans only realize that the nation is broken. There are actually strikes in 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 to the city of Lyon, is just not alone in the worry about the strike security Company on the whole and Americans particularly this season season. Normally around 3.2 million Americans visit France each and every year.
Airlines companies say 19.2 percent fewer flights were booked to France by American visitors in the last week of July.
Following the 1st quarter, there ended up being 35 percent fewer American visitors than during the same period a year ago, based on Didier Chenet, president of your hotels, restaurants and bars union, GNI-Synhorcat.
“We have previously had 10 percent less bookings in the Paris region for this summer when compared with just last year,” he added.
The Paris region specifically continues to be severely affected by the drop in variety of American tourists. Even for the usually popular summer sales, relative few Usa tourists made the trip.
“This year we had much fewer Americans compared to other years,” said Sheherazad Beljnaoui, head of your women fashion store from the capital’s Le Marais neighborhood. “In general they enjoy our clothes and they are generally numerous all year around but in particular throughout the sales. Not this current year.”
The south east of France also has suffered a lot ever since the July 14 terror attack in Nice, which cost 84 lives on Bastille Day. Their State Secretary of Tourism has not published official numbers, although the main agency that promotes tourism in the united states, Atout France, confirmed a six percent drop in the number of American visitors in July when compared to same month just last year.
“Europeans are still numerous, but tourists from the U.S. and Canada in addition to Japan and Brazil are generally lower than this past year,” said spokesman Philippe Maud’hui.
He explained those visitors usually spend more money than French or European tourists do on hotels and restaurants.
The terror attack in Nice, and the killing of a priest near the town of Rouen by two men connected to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) added to existing concerns about safety.
Way back in May the State Department cautioned Americans about traveling to France, citing last year’s terrorist attacks. The advisory applies until August 31.
France’s secretary of state for tourism, Matthias Fekl, said that wealthy tourists from three regions especially – the Usa, Asia and Gulf countries – “reacted strongly to str1ke attacks” and seem to be staying away.
But tourism industry representatives say strikes are contributing to the general drop in foreign tourist numbers.
The continent was just emerging from the effects of the November ISIS attacks in Paris when industrial actions erupted.
After France, the next most favored place to go for American visitors is Britain. Some 3.01 million visited that country last year, tourism data show.
Next came Spain and Ireland, with 1.22 and 1.17 million respectively.
Britain, Spain and Ireland will benefit from France’s losses this coming year, although no official figures are yet offered to show whether that can be the case.