Tourism

FRENCH TOURISM SECTOR REPORTED A SIGNIFICANT DECLINE

After greater than two years of development, the French tourism sector reported a pointy fall within the first quarter, particularly within the Ile-de-France area.

Over the primary three months of this yr, the usage of collective vacationer lodging – expressed in in a single day stays – fell by 2.5% within the territory, in comparison with the identical interval in 2018, in response to provisional figures.

Whereas this decline is extra marked for overseas vacationers (-Four.Eight%) than for the French (-1.5%), it issues each clienteles.

It contrasts sharply with the earlier quarter, which noticed a 2% enhance, and places an finish to “greater than two years of steady development in vacationer numbers”, observes INSEE. This enhance led to a report variety of vacationers in 2018 in France, with greater than 438 million in a single day stays, an increase of two.Four% in comparison with the earlier yr.

As for resort attendance, it fell by 1.Three% from January to March 2019, in comparison with the identical interval a yr earlier, after a rise of 1.5% within the earlier quarter.

Solely the high-end resorts, Four and 5-star, are doing properly by sustaining their attendance ranges that are excellent news for the French tourism sector.

As soon as once more, this decline places an finish to “a steady enhance for the reason that fourth quarter of 2016”, and it’s extra acknowledged amongst overseas vacationers (-Three.Four%), whereas that of the French has fallen by solely zero.Four%.

It’s in Ile-de-France that resort in a single day stays are falling sharply (-Four.6%), for each overseas vacationers and people from the nationwide territory, “in all probability consistent with the social motion of the Yellow Vests”, says INSEE, whereas within the provincial cities, the drop is barely zero.Eight% (for each classes).

Alternatively, the variety of overseas vacationers remained dynamic within the ski resorts (+Four.2%), whereas that of the French fell by Three.1%. The latter have typically opted for the coast (+Four.Eight%) with a view to benefit from the “very gentle climate circumstances” in the beginning of the yr, says INSEE.

As for the usage of different collective vacationer lodging (vacationer residences, vacation villages, household houses, youth hostels), it fell by Four.5%, whereas it had elevated by Three.6% within the earlier quarter, over one yr.

Through the peak of a winter sports activities season, the variety of guests to those lodging fell within the ski resorts: -7.6% for French vacationers and -Eight.2% for foreigners.

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