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.