It’s high summer in Paris, but the amount of foreign visitors has dropped by 15 % 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 from 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 observe that the nation is broken. There are actually strikes in the airports, the streets are packed with trash, also because of strikes not to mention the terrorist attacks,” he said. “Therefore they [avoid] our country.”
Duc, who owns an hotel near the city of Lyon, is not really alone in the be worried about the strike security Company generally and Americans specifically this summer season. Normally around 3.2 million Americans visit France annually.
Airlines companies say 19.2 percent fewer flights were booked to France by American visitors within the last week of July.
At the conclusion of the 1st quarter, there was 35 percent fewer American visitors than throughout the same period last year, in accordance with Didier Chenet, president of the hotels, restaurants and bars union, GNI-Synhorcat.
“We have had 10 percent less bookings from the Paris region with this summer in comparison with this past year,” he added.
The Paris region specifically has become severely afflicted with the drop in numbers of American tourists. Even for the usually popular summer sales, relative few Usa tourists made the trip.
“This year we had much fewer Americans compared to the other years,” said Sheherazad Beljnaoui, head of the women fashion store in the capital’s Le Marais neighborhood. “In general they like our clothes and are generally numerous all year around however in particular throughout the sales. Not this coming year.”
The south east of France also 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 published official numbers, however the main agency that promotes tourism in the country, Atout France, confirmed a six percent drop in the amount of American visitors in July when compared to the same month just last year.
“Europeans remain numerous, but tourists coming from the Usa and Canada in addition to Japan and Brazil are far below just last year,” said spokesman Philippe Maud’hui.
He explained those visitors have a tendency to spend more money than French or European tourists do on hotels and restaurants.
The terror attack in Nice, and also the killing of any priest near the town of Rouen by two men connected to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) put into existing concerns about safety.
Back in May their state Department cautioned Americans about planing a trip to France, citing last year’s terrorist attacks. The advisory is valid until August 31.
France’s secretary of state for tourism, Matthias Fekl, stated that wealthy tourists from three regions particularly – the United states, Asia and Gulf countries – “reacted strongly to str1ke attacks” and seem to be staying away.
But tourism industry representatives say strikes are adding to the typical drop in foreign tourist numbers.
The land was only emerging in the results of the November ISIS attacks in Paris when industrial actions erupted.
After France, the following most favored 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 accessible to show whether that might be the truth.