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Promoting tourism in France


Tourism – Statistics on tourism for 2013 (July 2014)

In 2013, the number of foreign tourists to France reached 84.7 million, i.e. a 2% growth compared with 2012 (83 million). According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the number of foreign tourist arrivals in Europe increased by 5% between 2012 and 2013.

France is the world’s top tourist destination and tourism is a key sector of its economy, representing more than 7% of GDP and two million direct and indirect jobs. Nevertheless, the sector needs to adapt to rise to the competition of other countries and benefit from the growth in global tourist flows. These are set to double in 20 years, from 980 million to 1.8 billion international visitors per year.

Strengthening France’s attractiveness and outreach

France is the leading world tourist destination with 83 million foreign visitors, but is third in terms of income generated. A major priority is therefore to enhance the tourism offer to improve France’s attractiveness, making it the top global tourist destination in terms of both visitor numbers and revenues.



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