It’s high summer in Paris, but the volume of foreign visitors has dropped by 15 % since the start of the season, with tourism authorities reporting at the very least six percent fewer Americans coming to France this year when compared with 2015. Exactly the same situation applies throughout the country, as outlined by local tourism officials.
Laurent Duc from the hotel owners’ union UMIH blamed the specific situation on security fears and labor unrest.
“When they watch precisely what is happening in France on tv Americans only realize that the nation is broken. You can find strikes within the airports, the streets are loaded with trash, also due to strikes not to mention the terrorist attacks,” he explained. “Therefore they [avoid] our country.”
Duc, who owns an hotel nearby the city of Lyon, is not alone in the be concerned about the labor unrest security generally and Americans especially over the summer season. Normally around 3.2 million Americans visit France every year.
Airlines companies say 19.2 percent fewer flights were booked to France by American visitors during the last week of July.
At the end of the 1st quarter, there had been 35 percent fewer American visitors than during the same period a year ago, in accordance with Didier Chenet, president in the hotels, restaurants and bars union, GNI-Synhorcat.
“We have previously had 10 % less bookings inside the Paris region just for this summer in comparison to this past year,” he added.
The Paris region particularly has been severely influenced by the drop in numbers of American tourists. Even for the usually popular summer sales, relative few U.S. tourists made the trip.
“This year we had much fewer Americans compared to other years,” said Sheherazad Beljnaoui, head of your women fashion store inside the capital’s Le Marais neighborhood. “In general they love our clothes and they are generally numerous all year around however in particular in the sales. Not this year.”
The south east of France has also suffered a great deal ever since the July 14 terror attack in Nice, which cost 84 lives on Bastille Day. The State Secretary of Tourism has not published official numbers, although the main agency that promotes tourism in the country, Atout France, confirmed a six percent drop in the amount of American visitors in July when compared to same month just last year.
“Europeans will still be numerous, but tourists from the Usa and Canada along with Japan and Brazil are generally under last year,” 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, as well as the killing of any priest near the town of Rouen by two men connected to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) included in existing concerns about safety.
In May their 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 in particular – the Usa, Asia and Gulf countries – “reacted strongly to str1ke attacks” and seem to be staying away.
But tourism industry representatives say strikes are adding to the general drop in foreign tourist numbers.
The continent was just emerging from your results of the November ISIS attacks in Paris when industrial actions erupted.
After France, the following most favored destination 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 year, although no official figures are yet accessible to show whether that can be the situation.