It’s high summer in Paris, but the volume of foreign visitors has dropped by 15 percent since the starting of the season, with tourism authorities reporting at least six percent fewer Americans arriving at France this year compared to 2015. The same situation applies country wide, in accordance with local tourism officials.
Laurent Duc of the hotel owners’ union UMIH blamed the specific situation on security fears and labor unrest.
“When they watch what exactly is happening in France on tv Americans only see that the land is broken. There are strikes in the airports, the streets are filled with trash, also due to strikes not to mention the terrorist attacks,” he stated. “Therefore they [avoid] our country.”
Duc, who owns an hotel nearby the city of Lyon, is not alone in his be concerned about the strike security companies generally and Americans particularly over the summer season. Normally around 3.2 million Americans visit France each year.
Airlines companies say 19.2 percent fewer flights were booked to France by American visitors over the last week of July.
At the conclusion of the first quarter, there had been 35 % fewer American visitors than during the same period this past year, as outlined by Didier Chenet, president of your hotels, restaurants and bars union, GNI-Synhorcat.
“We have already had 10 % less bookings inside the Paris region with this summer in comparison to just last year,” he added.
The Paris region in particular has become severely affected by the drop in amounts of American tourists. For the usually popular summer sales, relative few United states tourists made the trip.
“This year we had much fewer Americans in comparison to the other years,” said Sheherazad Beljnaoui, head of any women fashion store inside the capital’s Le Marais neighborhood. “In general they like our clothes plus they are numerous all year around however in particular throughout the sales. Not this year.”
The south east of France has also suffered a whole lot ever since 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, but the main agency that promotes tourism in the country, Atout France, confirmed a six percent drop in the quantity of American visitors in July when compared to same month just last year.
“Europeans remain numerous, but tourists from the Usa and Canada in addition to Japan and Brazil are much less than this past year,” said spokesman Philippe Maud’hui.
He said those visitors usually spend more money money than French or European tourists do on hotels and restaurants.
The terror attack in Nice, and also the killing of your priest near the town of Rouen by two men linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) included with existing concerns about safety.
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, said that wealthy tourists from three regions particularly – the Usa, Asia and Gulf countries – “reacted strongly to str1ke attacks” and seem to be staying away.
But tourism industry representatives say strikes are increasing the general drop in foreign tourist numbers.
The country was only emerging in the outcomes of the November ISIS attacks in Paris when industrial actions erupted.
After France, another most favored destination for American visitors is Britain. Some 3.01 million visited that country this past 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 offered to show whether that will be the case.