It’s high summer in Paris, but the amount of foreign visitors has dropped by 15 % since the starting of the season, with tourism authorities reporting at the very least six percent fewer Americans coming over to France this coming year when compared with 2015. A similar situation applies country wide, based on local tourism officials.
Laurent Duc from the hotel owners’ union UMIH blamed the situation on security fears and labor unrest.
“When they watch exactly what is happening in France on television Americans only see that the continent is broken. There are actually strikes within the airports, the streets are packed with trash, also on account of strikes and of course the terrorist attacks,” he stated. “Therefore they [avoid] our country.”
Duc, who owns an hotel near the city of Lyon, is not really alone in their worry about the labor unrest security on the whole 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 in the last week of July.
After the first quarter, there ended up being 35 percent fewer American visitors than in the same period this past year, according to Didier Chenet, president in the hotels, restaurants and bars union, GNI-Synhorcat.
“We already have had 10 % less bookings from the Paris region for this particular summer in comparison with last year,” he added.
The Paris region particularly has become severely impacted by the drop in numbers of American tourists. Even 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 within the capital’s Le Marais neighborhood. “In general they enjoy our clothes plus they are numerous all year around however in particular throughout the sales. Not this current year.”
The south east of France has also suffered a great deal 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, although the main agency that promotes tourism in america, Atout France, confirmed a six percent drop in the amount of American visitors in July compared to the same month last year.
“Europeans are still numerous, but tourists from the Usa and Canada as well as Japan and Brazil are far lower than last year,” said spokesman Philippe Maud’hui.
He said those visitors tend to spend more money than French or European tourists do on hotels and restaurants.
The terror attack in Nice, as well as the killing of any priest near to the city of Rouen by two men linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) put into existing concerns about safety.
Way back in May their 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, claimed that wealthy tourists from three regions especially – the U.S., Asia and Gulf countries – “reacted strongly to str1ke attacks” and are most often staying away.
But tourism industry representatives say strikes are contributing to the normal drop in foreign tourist numbers.
The land was only emerging from your outcomes of the November ISIS attacks in Paris when industrial actions erupted.
After France, another most widely used place to go 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 season, although no official figures are yet open to show whether that might be the situation.