Tourist numbers record in 2018 in Paris

Published by Alexandre G. · Published on 19 March 2019 at 11h00 · Updated on 19 March 2019 at 11h47
In Paris, tourists numbers hits record high for 2018.

Paris hits a new tourist numbers record in 2018. Never seen before in the French capital: in 2018 only, about 40 million tourists visited Paris and the Ile de France region. Despite a lower number in December because of the yellow jackets’ demonstrations, Paris and its surroundings never welcomed as many tourists as for 2018. Record results said to be increasing over the year with the events yet to come in Paris.

For hoteliers, 2018 remains an exceptional year in many ways. All in all, 24 million check-ins have been recorded in Paris hotels and the surroundings. An “absolute record” according to the Observatoire de l’office de tourisme de Paris [Paris tourist office observatory] manager Thomas Deschamps. All this without taking into account Airbnb visitors and tourists staying at youth hostels or those staying at private individuals’. Estimations count up to 40 million people all over the Grand Paris in 2018.

Yet, tourism professionals remain cautious and worry about a less prolific February than these past few years. A growing Parisian tourism mostly due to the rise of the foreign clientele – especially American. Indeed, American visitors are 16% as many as last year, with a top level of trust (and spending). Next area of touristic improvement in the French capital: developing and promoting new areas to unclog the Eiffel Tower

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