It’s high summer in Paris, but the quantity 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 over to France this year when compared with 2015. A similar situation applies across the nation, in accordance with local tourism officials.
Laurent Duc of your hotel owners’ union UMIH blamed the problem on security fears and labor unrest.
“When they watch what exactly is happening in France on tv Americans only realize that the nation is broken. There are actually strikes in the airports, the streets are packed with trash, also on account of strikes not to mention the terrorist attacks,” he said. “Therefore they [avoid] our country.”
Duc, who owns an hotel close to the city of Lyon, is just not alone in his worry about the strike security generally speaking and Americans especially over the summer 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 over the last week of July.
Following the first quarter, there was 35 % fewer American visitors than during the same period last year, in accordance with Didier Chenet, president in the hotels, restaurants and bars union, GNI-Synhorcat.
“We already have had 10 % less bookings in the Paris region just for this summer when compared with just last year,” he added.
The Paris region in particular continues to be severely affected by the drop in variety of American tourists. Even for the usually popular summer sales, relative few United states tourists made the trip.
“This year we had much fewer Americans in comparison to the other years,” said Sheherazad Beljnaoui, head of any women fashion store from the capital’s Le Marais neighborhood. “In general they appreciate our clothes and 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 whole lot considering that the July 14 terror attack in Nice, which cost 84 lives on Bastille Day. The State Secretary of Tourism has not yet published official numbers, however the main agency that promotes tourism in the nation, Atout France, confirmed a six percent drop in the volume of American visitors in July when compared to same month last year.
“Europeans remain numerous, but tourists from the Usa and Canada along with Japan and Brazil are generally less than a year ago,” said spokesman Philippe Maud’hui.
He said those visitors often spend more money money than French or European tourists do on hotels and restaurants.
The terror attack in Nice, along with the killing of any priest near the town of Rouen by two men linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) added to existing concerns about safety.
In May their state Department cautioned Americans about traveling to France, citing last year’s terrorist attacks. The advisory is valid until August 31.
France’s secretary of state for tourism, Matthias Fekl, claimed that wealthy tourists from three regions specifically – the Usa, Asia and Gulf countries – “reacted strongly to str1ke attacks” and appear to be staying away.
But tourism industry representatives say strikes are adding to the typical drop in foreign tourist numbers.
The land was only emerging through the negative effects of the November ISIS attacks in Paris when industrial actions erupted.
After France, another most popular place to go for American visitors is Britain. Some 3.01 million visited that country this past 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 current year, although no official figures are yet accessible to show whether which will be the way it is.