Key figures of French tourism

  • World’s leading destination with 83 million international visitors per year
  • Third global destination in terms of revenue
  • 1.1 million direct jobs and 1 million indirect jobs, including 700,000 seasonal jobs
  • Close to 275,000 businesses
  • Close to 7.4% of GDP, or 9.1% if indirect income is included
  • Current account surplus of tourism in 2012: €11.3 billion
  • Tourism investment in 2012: €12.74 billion
  • 3.2% of annual investment in France, generating 7.1% of GDP
  • 38 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • 45,000 listed or registered historic monuments
  • 8,000 museums
  • 4,000 tourist sites and events attracting 300 million visits
  • Average daily spend of foreign tourists: €62
  • 83% of foreign tourists visiting France come from Europe (Germany, UK, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain)
  • +23.3 %: growth in the number of visitors from China in 2012
  • 31% of employees in the tourism sector work in traditional catering
  • 14% work in mass catering
  • 17% work in the hotel sector
  • 50% of employees work in three regions: Île-de-France (30%), Rhône-Alpes (10%), Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (10%)
  • 45% of French nationals consider France’s international attractiveness for tourists an asset to end the crisis (according to a CSA/RTL survey in May 2013)

Updated: May 2014

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