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France is enjoying a successful summer tourist season


Even though the summer season is not yet over, data shows that France has had a successful tourist season over the past three months.

France started strong this summer season as a large number of tourists decided to visit the country. The number of people reaching France continued to increase even more as the country decided to lift all of its COVID-related restrictions, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

Since travelers no longer had to follow many entry rules since August 1, the country has seen a high number of arrivals. Data shows that due to the high number of international arrivals, the hospitality industry saw an increase of around 22% in its hospitality industry in July and the first half of August compared to the same period in 2019.

Despite a high number of arrivals, the country is yet to reach 2019 levels. In 2019, the country attracted nearly 90 million international tourists, while data for 2022 is expected to be revealed next year.

French Tourism Minister Olivia Grégoire said she wanted France to remain the world’s top destination, suggesting the country was also ready to welcome tourists during the colder months.

Earlier, SchengenVisaInfo.com reported that housing occupancy in France in the second quarter remained just 3% below 2019 levels.

Revealing such data, the National Institute of Statistics of France specifies that this slight drop concerns both hotels and other collective tourist accommodation.

“In the second quarter of 2022 in France, the use of collective tourist accommodation excluding campsites, expressed in number of nights, was close to the level of the second quarter of 2019 but remained 3.0% lower”, reads the Institute’s statement.

The Institute explains that one-star, two-star and unclassified hotels saw a drop in the number of nights spent by tourists in April, May and June. On the other hand, four-star and five-star hotels enjoyed a strong increase of 18%.

In addition, the Institute pointed out that in the second quarter of this year, the drop in hotel occupancy was particularly concentrated in Île-de-France. During the second quarter of 2022, hotel overnight stays in this area decreased by almost 2 million compared to the same period in 2019.

Earlier this month, the Institute said that although they could not reach the levels recorded during the pre-pandemic period, European customers are returning to French hotels.

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