Results from the 1st semester 2017 and summer report for tourism activity in paris île-de-france (august 2017)

Following a first semester of 2017 during which visitor numbers were at their highest levels for 10 years, the travel trade professionals of the region surveyed by the Paris Region Tourism Board (CRT) are also satisfied with their summer visitor numbers, which they consider to be up on 2016.


With 16.4 million hotel arrivals during the course of the 1st semester of 2017, tourist numbers for the destination Paris Île-de-France is up 10.2% compared to the opening semester of 2016 thanks to a combination of international clients (+14.9%) and French visitors (+6.4%). In total, during the 1st semester of 2017, the region’s hotels have welcomed 1.5 million more French and international visitors than in the same period of 2016 and the increase in terms of tourist revenue is estimated at nearly €1.1 billion across our destination.

The international clientele, with the exception of British tourists (-1.7% in terms of hotel arrivals), has shown the most significant gains. The Japanese market (+40.5%), which is so sensitive to security concerns, appears to have been reassured, the Chinese (+29.8%), who are also very attracted by our destination, have recovered the trend of double digit growth that eluded them in 2016, as have the Americans (+20.5%) and Germans (+20.4%) who have benefitted from a sustained recovery of their own economies.
Visitor numbers at the region’s museums and monuments is generally up (+36.3% at the Arc de Triomphe, +24.1% at the Palace of Versailles and +21.4% at the Montparnasse Tower, for example). Managers of these sites indicate that tourists are returning, notably American and Chinese, but also point to a recovery in the school groups market.
During the summer these trends have remained the same, with visitor numbers up according to the professionals surveyed. In June, July and August 54%, 60% and 46% of professionals respectively reiterated this point. Forecasts are equally encouraging for the autumn period: 51% of professionals surveyed consider that their reservations for September are « good » or « very good », 36% feel that they are « average » and just 13% feel that they are « poor » or « very poor ».  In the medium term, 72% of travel trade professionals forecast an improvement in their tourism activity.