It’s high summer in Paris, but the quantity of foreign visitors has dropped by 15 percent since the start of the season, with tourism authorities reporting a minimum of six percent fewer Americans arriving at France this season compared to 2015. A similar situation applies across the country, as outlined by local tourism officials.
Laurent Duc of the hotel owners’ union UMIH blamed the circumstance on security fears and labor unrest.
“When they watch precisely what is happening in France on tv Americans only observe that the continent is broken. You will find strikes from the airports, the streets are filled with trash, also due to strikes and of course the terrorist attacks,” he said. “Therefore they [avoid] our country.”
Duc, who owns an hotel close to the city of Lyon, will not be alone within his worry about the strike security services generally and Americans especially 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 within the last week of July.
Following the initial quarter, there was 35 percent fewer American visitors than during the same period a year ago, according to Didier Chenet, president of the hotels, restaurants and bars union, GNI-Synhorcat.
“We already have had 10 percent less bookings inside the Paris region with this summer compared to this past year,” he added.
The Paris region in particular continues to be severely affected by the drop in quantities 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 within the capital’s Le Marais neighborhood. “In general they like our clothes and they are numerous all year around nevertheless in particular throughout the sales. Not this year.”
The south east of France has suffered a lot because the July 14 terror attack in Nice, which cost 84 lives on Bastille Day. Their State Secretary of Tourism has not yet published official numbers, but the main agency that promotes tourism in america, Atout France, confirmed a six percent drop in the quantity of American visitors in July in comparison to the same month just last year.
“Europeans will still be numerous, but tourists from the Usa and Canada along with Japan and Brazil are generally less than last year,” said spokesman Philippe Maud’hui.
He was quoted saying those visitors often spend more money than French or European tourists do on hotels and restaurants.
The terror attack in Nice, as well as the killing of your priest close to the city of Rouen by two men connected to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) included with existing concerns about safety.
Back in May their state Department cautioned Americans about visiting France, citing last year’s terrorist attacks. The advisory is valid until August 31.
France’s secretary of state for tourism, Matthias Fekl, mentioned that wealthy tourists from three regions particularly – the United states, Asia and Gulf countries – “reacted strongly to str1ke attacks” and appear to be staying away.
But tourism industry representatives say strikes are increasing the general drop in foreign tourist numbers.
The land was only emerging in the results of the November ISIS attacks in Paris when industrial actions erupted.
After France, another most widely used destination for American visitors is Britain. Some 3.01 million visited that country a year ago, tourism data show.
Next came Spain and Ireland, with 1.22 and 1.17 million respectively.
Britain, Spain and Ireland may benefit from France’s losses this current year, although no official figures are yet offered to show whether which will be the way it is.