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Domestic travel spending in France 2012-2028

Domestic tourism expenditure is expected to reach 131.4 billion euros in 2028. The spending of French tourists in their country has increased since the beginning of the 2010s and has already reached nearly 115 billion euros in 2018. Similarly, the spending of international tourists in France is estimated to grow in the coming years.

Being a French tourist in France

Like most Europeans, French citizens avoid holidays abroad and prefer to spend time in their own country. In 2017, more than 87 percent of trips in France were domestic. With two weeks of summer holidays, the French usually spend their summer vacation on the Atlantic or Mediterranean coast. In 2016, the number of domestic trips in France amounted to approximately 255.5 million. French visitors in France do not only represent a wide part of tourists in the country. As for the French economy, national tourists do not only represent a mere number, but also a strong boost for the travel and tourism industry, which has a clear impact on France's GDP.

Travel and tourism in France

France is one of the most visited countries in the world. Consequently, the direct contribution of travel and tourism to GDP in France reached more than 85 billion euros in 2018, and this number may increase by 2028. Travel and tourism also contributed to billions of jobs to the French economy. In 2016, tourism represented more than seven percent of France’s GDP.

Domestic tourism expenditure 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.
Includes government individual spending.
The source provides the following definition: "Spending within a country by that country’s residents for both business and leisure trips. Multi-use consumer durables are not included since they are not purchased solely for tourism purposes."
** Estimate.
*** Forecast.

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