It’s high summer in Paris, but the volume of foreign visitors has dropped by 15 percent since the start of the year, with tourism authorities reporting at the very least six percent fewer Americans coming over to France this season when compared with 2015. The same situation applies across the nation, based on local tourism officials.
Laurent Duc of your hotel owners’ union UMIH blamed the specific situation on security fears and labor unrest.
“When they watch precisely what is happening in France on television Americans only realize that the nation is broken. There are strikes within the airports, the streets are filled with trash, also as a result of strikes and of course the terrorist attacks,” he stated. “Therefore they [avoid] our country.”
Duc, who owns an hotel nearby the town of Lyon, is not really alone in their be concerned about the strike security companies generally speaking and Americans in particular 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 within the last week of July.
Following the very first quarter, there had been 35 % fewer American visitors than in the same period this past year, in accordance with Didier Chenet, president of the hotels, restaurants and bars union, GNI-Synhorcat.
“We already have had 10 % less bookings from the Paris region with this summer in comparison with just last year,” he added.
The Paris region specifically has been severely impacted by the drop in variety of American tourists. For the usually popular summer sales, relative few United states tourists made the trip.
“This year we had much fewer Americans compared to other years,” said Sheherazad Beljnaoui, head of the women fashion store in the capital’s Le Marais neighborhood. “In general they enjoy our clothes and they are numerous all year around but also in particular in the sales. Not this year.”
The south east of France also has suffered a great deal 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, although the main agency that promotes tourism in america, Atout France, confirmed a six percent drop in the amount of American visitors in July compared to the same month a year ago.
“Europeans remain numerous, but tourists from the U.S. and Canada along with Japan and Brazil tend to be less than this past year,” said spokesman Philippe Maud’hui.
He was quoted saying those visitors tend to spend more money money than French or European tourists do on hotels and restaurants.
The terror attack in Nice, along with the killing of your 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.
Back in May the 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, stated that wealthy tourists from three regions specifically – the United states, 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 through the effects of the November ISIS attacks in Paris when industrial actions erupted.
After France, another most popular destination for American visitors is Britain. Some 3.01 million visited that country just 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 season, although no official figures are yet available to show whether that will be the situation.