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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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