France claims new tourism record

Tehran Times - - HERITAGE & TOURISM -

France is once again se­duc­ing tourists from all around the world, fig­ures re­veal, and is back on track to meet its own tar­get of at­tract­ing 100mil­lion vis­i­tors a year from 2020.

Ho­tels and guest­houses record­ing a record 200mil­lion overnight stays in the last quar­ter, a 4% in­crease on the same pe­riod in 2016, it has been re­ported.

Two years af­ter the ter­ror at­tacks in Paris, the fig­ures show the Ile-de-France showed the great­est in­crease, en­joy­ing a 13% boost in visi­tor num­bers for the third quar­ter of the year - but the bounce has been felt across the coun­try.

Tourism in coastal re­sorts is also boom­ing, with ho­tels there re­port­ing a 4% jump in overnight stays over the pe­riod. Lux­ury ho­tels are see­ing a 10% spike in visi­tor num­bers com­pared to the third quar­ter of 2016 as the coun­try re­cov­ers from the at­tacks in Paris in 2015, and the Bastille Day atroc­ity in Nice in 2016.

Other na­tions hit by ter­ror at­tacks - in­clud­ing Tu­nisia, Turkey and Egypt - are still see­ing a sig­nif­i­cant drop in tourist num­bers com­pared to the pe­riod be­fore the most re­cent events.

Cur­rently, tourism gen­er­ates 7% of France’s GDP. The aim is to in­crease that fig­ure to 10%.

The bounce in visi­tor num­bers has been felt across the whole of the coun­try

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