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Aproactive campaign which has been ongoing over the past few years, aiming to attract tourists to France, has been so successful that the country is now struggling to cope with record numbers of visitors. The campaign was set up to address a decline in tourism following the terrorist attacks in Paris and Nice, but in 2018 France was once again voted the most visited country in the world.
Now, some of the most popular attractions are struggling to accommodate the sheer volume of interest. Visitors to some locations, such as the Louvre, Mont Saint-michel and the châteaux of the Loire Valley are having to wait in long queues, and are being encouraged to book tickets up to three months in advance where possible, such is the surge during peak periods. A sliding scale of admission prices, with peak times being more expensive is also something that many places are considering to help balance out attendance figures. France is expected to receive more than 90 million foreign visitors this year, a figure predicted to rise to over 100 million by 2020, so measures need to be put in place to prevent over-tourism, and the social tensions that can result in local communities put under that pressure.
ABOVE: Tourist hot spot Mont Saint-michel receives huge numbers of visitors every year