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Business travel in France - Statistics & Facts

The travel and tourism sector plays an important part in the French economy. In 2019, the industry contributed approximately 270 billion U.S. dollars to France’s GDP. The country ranked fourth in Europe in terms of GDP contribution. Business travel accounts for around 20 percent of travel spending.

In 2017, French people spent more than 78 million nights on business trips. The average duration of a business trip is three days and most of them are domestic trips taking place in metropolitan France.

Not every business trip requires accommodation. Île-de-France, the Paris region, is the region that attracts most same-day return business travelers. But many people also take business trips to neighboring countries. In 2017, French business travelers undertook 577,000 same-day return trips to Germany and 555,000 to Belgium. Nevertheless, most outbound business trips had a duration of 4.7 nights on average.

Reasons for business travel may be eventsand congresses. Events in France attracted 23 million visitors in 2018. That same year, the country was home to 3,000 congresses. Among the many trade fairs organized in the country, the SIAL, held biennially in Paris, boasts more than 7,000 exhibitors . It is the world’s largest food exhibition, attracting more than 310,000 visitors from 194 countries.

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