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Tourism – Election of France to the Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization (September 17, 2015)

At the 21st World Tourism Organization General Assembly, which took place in Medellin in Colombia from September 12 to 17, France was elected by a large majority to the Executive Council of this organization, of which it is a founding member.

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Strengthening France’s attractiveness and outreach

France is the world’s top tourist destination (with 84.7 million foreign tourists in 2013) and tourism is a key sector of its economy, accounting for more than 7% of GDP and two million direct and indirect jobs. The French Foreign Minister has set the next target at 100 million foreign tourists a year by 2020.

France ranks third in terms of tourism-related revenue, totalling over €42 billion a year. Strengthening and expanding the tourism offer to increase revenue is therefore a major issue.

The tourism sector also 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 tourists a year in 2030.

In this context, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development is seeking to strengthen France’s attractiveness and outreach.

useful links
- France.fr/en, the official website of the France
- Heading Tourism website of the Directorate General for Enterprise
- Atout France, the Tourism Development Agency of France

Updated: October 2014

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