BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Paris has lost 750 million euros because of a major slow-down of the tourism industry. Tourists have chosen to avoid the city following the terror attacks. 130 people were killed in Paris, in November.
British, American, Russian tourists and many other nationalities have stopped traveling to Paris. The recent terror attacks, strikes, and floods have cost the region as much as 750 million euros.
Tourism is one of France’s top priorities, as it brings over 7 percent in revenue to the gross domestic product. 13 percent of the total comes from the Paris area.
But fewer and fewer tourists are seen on the streets of Paris after 130 people were killed in November. The French tourism sector was hard hit again when an Islamic extremist killed 85 people by driving a truck into the crowd present for the Bastille Day, in Nice, this July.
Recent floods and strikes also diminished the number of tourists who chose to spend their holidays in Paris. Frederic Valletoux, head of the Paris tourist board wanted “a relief plan”.
He pointed out the scope of the disaster of the tourism sector, which can no longer be fixed with communication campaigns. Instead, it needs a relief plan.
Valletoux also wants more big investments in the area, which employs around 500,000 locals. Many tourists abandoned France in favor of alternative destinations.
Hotel stays in Paris have gone down by 11.4 percent from January to June, compared to the precedent year. The Grand Palais has had a 43.9 percent drop in visits compared to 2015 and the Arc de Triomphe reported a 34.8 percent drop.
Some of the wealthiest visitors, who are also some of the biggest spenders have found other holiday destinations, notably those of Asian heritage. The figures look bleak – there were 46.2 percent less Japanese tourists, 35 percent fewer Russians, 27.7 percent fewer Italians and a drop by 19.6 percent fewer Chinese tourists.
Disneyland Paris has lost a lot of money also. The amusement park reported a steady decline in visitors and sales. Many summer events have been cancelled, in light of the Nice events.
As If it weren’t enough, 50 days of almost continuing rain caused havoc on the streets of Paris, flooding the famous Versailles Palace. Public strikes also made France a less desirable destination.
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