About Careers Internship MedBlog Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

France Continues to be the Preferred Destination for Global Tourists

by Kathy Jones on August 12, 2014 at 11:40 PM
Font : A-A+

 France Continues to be the Preferred Destination for Global Tourists

A new survey has found that France continues to be the preferred destination for tourists with the country attracting more than 84.7 million tourists in 2013 to retain its title of being the most-visited country in the world.

The figure topped the 2012 number by two percent, and meant that when it comes to attracting foreign visitors, France easily beats the United States and Spain who had 69.8 and 60.7 million foreign visitors each.

Advertisement

The study -- which showed figures for France up from 83 million in 2012 -- is published annually by the economy ministry's DGCIS international competitiveness agency and by the central bank (Banque de France).

According to the report, France saw an increase in European tourists, of 1.2 percent on the previous year, driven by German and British visitors, although the number of tourists from Belgium, Luxembourg and crisis-hit Italy and Spain decreased.
Advertisement

After a big drop in 2012, North American tourists made a return, with the number of visitors crossing the Atlantic up by 5.8 percent.

However the biggest boom was seen in Asian visitors, with the number of Chinese tourists up by almost a quarter.

Asian tourists now number 4.5 million a year, up 13 percent, with Chinese visitor numbers in particular up by 23.4 percent to 1.7 million.

"Their interest in France has been proven in recent years, with the number of tourists doubling between 2009 and 2013," the report said.

But the report was not unremitting good news for the French tourism sector.

While the study found that visitors have lengthened their stay in France, from an average of 6.9 to 7.1 nights per visit, it found that the number of nights spent in paid accommodation increased less rapidly, as visitors sought to stay with family and in apartment exchanges to save money.

Source: AFP
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
Test Your Knowledge on Liver Transplantation
Organ Donation Week 2022 - 'Take the Pledge to Save Lives'
Test your Knowledge on Heart Transplantation
View all
News Archive
Date
Category
Advertisement
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Most Popular on Medindia

Drug Side Effects Calculator How to Reduce School Bag Weight - Simple Tips Blood Pressure Calculator Indian Medical Journals Daily Calorie Requirements Diaphragmatic Hernia Nutam (400mg) (Piracetam) Turmeric Powder - Health Benefits, Uses & Side Effects Post-Nasal Drip Sanatogen
This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use