2013 was an excellent tourist year for Paris Region thanks to international clientèle

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at 10 March 2014

With 32.3 million hotel arrivals, Paris Region consolidates its place as one of the world's top tourist destinations in an economically difficult climate. 2013 therefore constitutes a benchmark year in terms of tourist arrivals for the Paris Region destination.

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Nearly 15.5 million visitors came from abroad. This is an exceptional figure and the highest for 10 years: an incredible rise of 8.2% in terms of international visitors compared to 2012.

TOP 5 VISITORS TO PARIS REGION

1 Great-Britain  Anglais

2 USA USA

3 Germany  Allemand

4 Italy  Italien

5 China Chinois

Among these clientèle, it's worth noting:

• a spectacular increase in Chinese clientèle: + 52.6% (for the first time, the Chinese are becoming the most regular Asian visitors to the destination ahead of the Japanese)

• a strong increase in clientèle from the Near and Far-East: + 20.7%

• a significant increase in American clientèle: + 15.7%

• an increase of 5.2% British visitors, the top international clientèle of the destination with more than 2.1 million arrivals

In a difficult economic climate, the fall in arrivals by French clientèle, which began in 2012, has been strongly felt again (- 7.5%).

When asked on 3 and 4 March, 69%, French tourism professionals, however, said that they expect an improvement in business for the medium-term in 2014.

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