It’s high summer in Paris, but the quantity of foreign visitors has dropped by 15 percent since the starting of the season, with tourism authorities reporting a minimum of six percent fewer Americans visiting France this season in comparison with 2015. A similar situation applies throughout the country, according to local tourism officials.
Laurent Duc of your hotel owners’ union UMIH blamed the specific situation on security fears and labor unrest.
“When they watch what is happening in France on television Americans only observe that the land is broken. You can find strikes from the airports, the streets are full of trash, also because of strikes and naturally the terrorist attacks,” he stated. “Therefore they [avoid] our country.”
Duc, who owns an hotel close to the city of Lyon, is just not alone in his concern yourself with the strike security Company generally speaking and Americans specifically this summer season. Normally around 3.2 million Americans visit France every year.
Airlines companies say 19.2 percent fewer flights were booked to France by American visitors over the last week of July.
At the end of the first quarter, there have been 35 % fewer American visitors than through the same period this past year, based on Didier Chenet, president of the hotels, restaurants and bars union, GNI-Synhorcat.
“We have previously had 10 percent less bookings in the Paris region for this particular summer when compared with a year ago,” he added.
The Paris region particularly has been severely impacted by the drop in amounts of American tourists. For the usually popular summer sales, relative few Usa tourists made the trip.
“This year we had much fewer Americans than the other years,” said Sheherazad Beljnaoui, head of your women fashion store in the capital’s Le Marais neighborhood. “In general they like our clothes and they are numerous all year around nevertheless in particular through the sales. Not this coming year.”
The south east of France has suffered a good deal considering that the July 14 terror attack in Nice, which cost 84 lives on Bastille Day. Their State Secretary of Tourism has not published official numbers, although the main agency that promotes tourism in the nation, Atout France, confirmed a six percent drop in the quantity of American visitors in July compared to the same month just last year.
“Europeans will still be numerous, but tourists from the U.S. and Canada and also Japan and Brazil are much under this past year,” said spokesman Philippe Maud’hui.
He explained those visitors have a tendency to spend more money money than French or European tourists do on hotels and restaurants.
The terror attack in Nice, along with the killing of a priest nearby the town of Rouen by two men connected to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) included in existing concerns about safety.
Back in May the State Department cautioned Americans about visiting France, citing last year’s terrorist attacks. The advisory applies until August 31.
France’s secretary of state for tourism, Matthias Fekl, claimed that wealthy tourists from three regions in particular – 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 normal drop in foreign tourist numbers.
The country was just emerging through the results of the November ISIS attacks in Paris when industrial actions erupted.
After France, the next most favored place to go 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 offered to show whether that can be the situation.