Tuesday, February 7, 2017

France: the rebound of the tourist traffic by the end of 2016 – The Express

With a total of 56.3 million overnight stays over the last quarter of 2016, the Hexagon records “a strong rebound” and “to more than offset the net decline recorded a year earlier (-1,8%) related to the impact of the attacks,” sums up the institute in a barometer published on Tuesday.

The overnight stays recorded in all collective tourist accommodation (hotels, campsites, villages, vacation, etc..) “exceeds that of the fourth quarter of 2014“, where it was $ 55 million.

The rebound is especially clear for the customers in france (+4,3%)” but “also refers to the foreign customers (+2.9 per cent),” says Insee.

These figures reinforce the feeling of some tourism professionals who were state since November of a recovery, but without figures to support them.

I’m not surprised by these figures. This is good news but we must remain cautious because it is very fragile, and we do not know what can happen,” said AFP Jean-Pierre Mas, president of Companies in the Travel, which encompasses travel agencies in france.

In the hotels only, this traffic grew 4.9% in the fourth quarter and is stronger on the side of French visitors (+5.7 per cent) and foreign (+3%). And the top-of-range (4 and 5 stars) have particularly benefited from this reversal of situation, with +9.9% for “thanks to the customer-French“.

on The side of hoteliers and restaurateurs, the main organization Umih greet “good news” even “if there is still a lot of fragility in the balance“.

Its president Roland Héguy points out that “on the end of the year 2016 and early 2017, it is the tourism business that draws tourism, but let us not forget that it still lacks the appeal of the tourism leisure group, in particular in Paris“.

- “the end of the tunnel” –

indeed, says Insee, if the hotels located in the cities of the province to benefit significantly from the return of tourists (+6.9 per cent), the growth is less than for the establishments of the Ile-de-France, with +4,5% do not regain their level of attendance at the end of 2014.

But “the end of the tunnel brightened in January 2017” for the parisian hotel industry, said Tuesday, also the firm MKG, ad, “a serious rebound of activity” for the first month of the year.

He reported an increase of 17.4% in Revenue per available room (RevPar, a key indicator of the sector) of the hotels in Paris intra-muros for January, qualified not as “a return to normalcy, but rather a gradual catching-up compared with a particularly deteriorated in the wake of the bloody attacks of the end of the year 2015, in and around the Bataclan“.

By 2015, some 85 million foreign tourists visited the Hexagon, a new record, which had allowed France to maintain its place as the first tourist destination in the world.

The final figures for the whole of the year 2016 will only be published in march by the government; and the only known data for the past year relates only to the Grand Paris and reported a decline of 6% in arrivals, hotel, -10% for foreigners.

Remains to be seen if France will keep to 2016 its place as the world number one in the face of its direct competitors that are the United States and Spain: “I believe that this ranking (…) will remain the same for 2016,” said in mid-January last Taleb Rifai, secretary-general of the world tourism Organization (UNWTO), which will unveil in the coming weeks, the statistics country by country to 2016.


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