It’s high summer in Paris, but the amount of foreign visitors has dropped by 15 percent since the beginning of the year, with tourism authorities reporting a minimum of six percent fewer Americans coming to France this coming year in comparison to 2015. Exactly the same situation applies throughout the country, in accordance with 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 see that the continent is broken. You will find strikes inside the airports, the streets are packed with trash, also as a result of strikes as well as the terrorist attacks,” he explained. “Therefore they [avoid] our country.”
Duc, who owns an hotel near the town of Lyon, will not be alone in the be worried about the strike security Company 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.
After the 1st quarter, there was 35 % fewer American visitors than throughout the same period this past year, according to Didier Chenet, president of the hotels, restaurants and bars union, GNI-Synhorcat.
“We have had 10 percent less bookings from the Paris region for this particular summer in comparison with just last year,” he added.
The Paris region particularly has been severely afflicted with the drop in numbers 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 a women fashion store in the capital’s Le Marais neighborhood. “In general they appreciate our clothes plus they are numerous all year around however in particular throughout the sales. Not this coming year.”
The south east of France has suffered a lot ever since 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, nevertheless the main agency that promotes tourism in the nation, Atout France, confirmed a six percent drop in the amount of American visitors in July in comparison to the same month a year ago.
“Europeans remain numerous, but tourists from the Usa and Canada in addition to Japan and Brazil tend to be lower than this past year,” said spokesman Philippe Maud’hui.
He was quoted saying those visitors usually spend more money money than French or European tourists do on hotels and restaurants.
The terror attack in Nice, along with the killing of any priest close to the city of Rouen by two men connected to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) put into existing concerns about safety.
Way back in May the State Department cautioned Americans about planing a trip to France, citing last year’s terrorist attacks. The advisory applies until August 31.
France’s secretary of state for tourism, Matthias Fekl, said that wealthy tourists from three regions specifically – the Usa, Asia and Gulf countries – “reacted strongly to str1ke attacks” and are staying away.
But tourism industry representatives say strikes are adding to the typical drop in foreign tourist numbers.
The land was only emerging from the outcomes of the November ISIS attacks in Paris when industrial actions erupted.
After France, the next most in-demand destination for American visitors is Britain. Some 3.01 million visited that country last year, 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 open to show whether that might be the truth.