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International tourist's expenditure in France 2012-2028

In 2028, the annual value of visitor exports is expected to reach 64.8 billion euros. The spending of international tourists in the country slightly decreased in 2016, after the terrorist attacks which took place in Paris and Nice respectively in 2015 and 2016. However, in 2017, France had the fifth largest international tourism expenditure worldwide.

International tourism in France

France is well-known as one of the most visited countries in the world. In 2017, there were more than 86 million foreign tourists arriving in the country, of which 68.3 million were European residents. That same year, the number of tourists in France coming from America increased by 6.7 percent, compared to 2016. Paris, as well as other regions like the French Riviera, attracted a lot of foreign tourists. In the French capital, the international visitor spending amounted to 13.05 billion US dollars, making Paris one of the leading cities in international visitor spending worldwide.

Travel and tourism in France’s GDP

The travel and tourism industry contribute significantly to France’s GDP. In 2017, its contribution reached 204.3 billion euros and the number is expected to increase in the coming years. This global trend should impact the entire French tourism sector. The total contribution of travel and tourism to employment in France, which generated approximately to 2.8 billion jobs in 2017, is predicted to increase by 2018.

Spending of international tourists in France from 2012 to 2028*

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Release date

March 2018



Survey time period

2012 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* Based on real 2017 prices.
The source defines visitor exports as follows: "Spending within the country by international tourists for both business and leisure trips, including spending on transport, but excluding international spending on education."
** Estimate.
*** Forecast.

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