Last year, the Hexagon beat the record of 2011 (81.4 million of tourists), allowing France to remain the top international tourist destination.
With a new record of foreign tourist arrivals, France retains its global leadership in 2012, even though this dynamic and expanding sector is changing with the arrival of new types of tourists.
In 2012, the growth of foreign tourism in France was driven by tourists coming from Europe and Asia. It was observed that the number of travellers from the Americas and Africa is declining.
In the UK, the German tourists take the leading position. The French always travel mainly in France, even if the crisis forced them to leave for shorter periods.
Spending More and higher
“For the first time since 2008, expenses by foreign tourists in France amounted to 35.8 billion Euros.” This against 33.7 billion in 2011, shows “an increase of 6.3%,” says the Ministry of Tourism in a statement.
This increase was driven by longer stays and growth in the number of overnight stays (+2.4%).
The tourism balance increased significantly in 2012 reaching nearly 13 billion up from 7.5 billion in 2011.
According to the Ministry, “Tourist accommodation’s attendance continues in 2012, thanks to foreign customers.”
At the beginning of the year 2013, tourism professionals can take advantage of a very positive outcome for the winter season, a season during which the French ski area recorded a new 7% increase in attendance over 2011/2012.
The summer season looks better than the month of May which was disrupted by inclement weather. Foreign tourists are coming again offsetting lower departure intentions of the French.
Territorial tourism actors (Atout France, RN2D, French tourism information office) expect a steady summer thanks to foreign customers, while tourist accommodation professionals believe that their reservation rates for the summer are still down.
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