Tourists don’t want to visit Paris any more

Tourists don’t want to visit Paris any moreAfter a numerous disasters that rocked Paris, the city is seems to become less attractive for tourists.

Paris, one of the world's top tourist destinations, welcomes 16 million visitors each year. But this year drop has already cost about €750m in lost revenue, which is described as "an industrial disaster". France relies heavily on tourism, which generates more than 7% of its annual GDP.

The tourism industry firstly was shaken after ISIS killed 130 people in the November Paris attack. It was followed by attack in January 2015 on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Strikes and floods have also taken their toll.

Tourist board figures show that nightly hotel stays were down 8.5% in the Ile-de-France region, which includes Paris, in the first half of 2016, with an 11.5% decline in foreign tourists and a 4.8% decline in French tourists.

Even the European football championships in June failed to improve the situation.

"It's time to realise that the tourism sector is going through an industrial disaster," Paris region tourist board head Frederic Valletoux said in a statement. "This is no longer the time for communication campaigns but to set up a relief plan."

Valletoux called for major investments to protect the tourism sector, which also give jobs to about 500,000 people in the region.
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