France, world’s most visited destination
With 83 million visitors, France is the most popular destination on the planet, according to French daily Les Echos. Tourism makes up 145 billion euros of the French economy, which accounts for 7.2% of GDP, and has risen by 17% between 2005 and 2011.
Paris is the second most visited city in the world after London, according to the latest figures in 2014. If the visitors are still attracted by its cultural offerings – the museums and monuments of Paris welcomed over 73 million visitors in 2013. In Paris, luxury hotels dominate the revenue stream. Foreign tourists, in particular American, account for the bulk of this expenditure.
According to a study published by the Parisian Convention and Visitors’s Bureau in January this year, the primary activity of 60% of Chinese and Japanese tourists in the capital has been shopping and 74% for visitors from the Middle East. 16% of the revenue from tourists is spent on accommodations.