It’s high summer in Paris, but the quantity of foreign visitors has dropped by 15 percent since the starting of the entire year, with tourism authorities reporting a minimum of six percent fewer Americans arriving at France this current year when compared with 2015. Exactly the same situation applies across the nation, based on 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 is happening in France on television Americans only realize that the land is broken. There are actually strikes within the airports, the streets are packed with trash, also due to strikes as well as the terrorist attacks,” he said. “Therefore they [avoid] our country.”
Duc, who owns an hotel near the city of Lyon, is just not alone in his be concerned about the labor strike security companies on the whole and Americans in particular 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 within the last week of July.
Following the 1st quarter, there ended up being 35 percent fewer American visitors than in the same period last year, in accordance with Didier Chenet, president of the hotels, restaurants and bars union, GNI-Synhorcat.
“We already have had 10 % less bookings in the Paris region for this particular summer compared to just last year,” he added.
The Paris region in particular has been severely impacted by the drop in quantities of American tourists. Even for the usually popular summer sales, relative few U.S. tourists made the trip.
“This year we had much fewer Americans compared to other years,” said Sheherazad Beljnaoui, head of the women fashion store in the capital’s Le Marais neighborhood. “In general they enjoy our clothes plus they are numerous all year around but in particular during the sales. Not this current year.”
The south east of France has also suffered a whole lot 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 nation, Atout France, confirmed a six percent drop in the amount of American visitors in July compared to the same month last year.
“Europeans remain numerous, but tourists from the Usa and Canada along with Japan and Brazil tend to be less than a year ago,” said spokesman Philippe Maud’hui.
He explained those visitors tend to spend more money money than French or European tourists do on hotels and restaurants.
The terror attack in Nice, and the killing of the priest near to the town of Rouen by two men connected to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) added to existing concerns about safety.
Back in May their state Department cautioned Americans about traveling 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 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 typical drop in foreign tourist numbers.
The land was only emerging from the negative effects of the November ISIS attacks in Paris when industrial actions erupted.
After France, the subsequent most widely used destination for American visitors is Britain. Some 3.01 million visited that country a year ago, 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 case.