Tourism – Statement by Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development (April 8, 2016)


I welcome the excellent tourism figures for 2015; France welcomed 84.5 million international visitors last year, representing an increase of 0.9% over one year.

This increase is mainly due to the dramatic increase in the number of Asian tourists (+22.7%).

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development is committed to enhancing France’s attractiveness and making it easier for tourists to visit our country, including by improving the visa application process.

The attacks in Paris in November hindered this progress, especially in the capital. I remain committed, alongside the mayor and the Paris councilors, the elected representatives of the Ile-de-France region as well as tourism professionals, to actively promoting France as a tourist destination following these events. My goal remains to attract 100 million foreign tourists per year to France from 2020 onwards.

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