France received almost ninety million tourists
France received nearly 90 million foreign tourists last year, a new record for the country, despite the anti-government protests of yellow vests that prompted many visitors to postpone their trips at the end of last year, the French government said. "France remained the main tourist destination in the world in 2018," the government’s tourism committee said in a statement.
A total of 89.4 million visitors were a three-percent increase in foreign tourist traffic compared to 2017, and France now targets 100 million foreign tourists in 2020.
Asian tourists accounted for the largest increase, which is 7.4% more than last year, although Europeans still make up the bulk of foreign tourists to France, which is 79% of the total.
Statistics Bureau Insee has already stated that 438.2 million nights were spent in hotels, campgrounds and youth hostels in 2018, an increase of nine million over the previous year. And this figure does not include figures from cohabitation platforms, such as Airbnb, which have 65,000 apartments only in Paris.
The costs of foreign tourists also reached a record level, an increase of 5% over the previous year to 56.2 billion euros, the government said.
Business tourism has also grown significantly. Paris received 212 international conferences last year, the city rose in the ranking of the International Congress and Conference Association (ICCA). It was a sharp jump from the 190 conventions held in 2017, which allowed Paris to surpass Barcelona as the most popular venue for industrial meetings, the ICCA said.
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