It’s high summer in Paris, but the number of foreign visitors has dropped by 15 % since the beginning of the season, with tourism authorities reporting at least six percent fewer Americans coming to France this season in comparison with 2015. The identical 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 what exactly is happening in France on tv Americans only realize that the nation is broken. There are actually strikes inside the airports, the streets are packed with trash, also on account of strikes and naturally the terrorist attacks,” he said. “Therefore they [avoid] our country.”
Duc, who owns an hotel close to the town of Lyon, is just not alone within his be worried about the strike security Company in general and Americans particularly 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 in the last week of July.
At the conclusion of the first quarter, there had been 35 percent fewer American visitors than throughout the same period last year, according to Didier Chenet, president of the hotels, restaurants and bars union, GNI-Synhorcat.
“We have previously had 10 percent less bookings within the Paris region just for this summer compared to this past year,” he added.
The Paris region particularly is severely affected by the drop in variety 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 a women fashion store inside the capital’s Le Marais neighborhood. “In general they appreciate our clothes plus they are numerous all year around but also in particular during the sales. Not this 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. The State Secretary of Tourism has not published official numbers, however the main agency that promotes tourism in america, Atout France, confirmed a six percent drop in the quantity of American visitors in July when compared to same month just last year.
“Europeans will still be numerous, but tourists from the U.S. and Canada in addition to Japan and Brazil are far lower than a year ago,” said spokesman Philippe Maud’hui.
He was quoted saying 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 the priest close to the town of Rouen by two men connected to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) included with existing concerns about safety.
Back May the 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 especially – 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 adding to the normal drop in foreign tourist numbers.
The land was just emerging through the negative effects of the November ISIS attacks in Paris when industrial actions erupted.
After France, the subsequent most widely used 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 will benefit from France’s losses this year, although no official figures are yet offered to show whether that might be the case.