at 15 September 2021
After the first few months of 2021 were still marked by the effects of the health crisis, tourist activity in the Paris Region picked up this summer following the easing of travel restrictions and the reopening of public places.
The effects of the health crisis - travel restrictions, curfew and closure of tourist sites from 1 January to 19 May - have persisted and impacted the recovery of tourism activity in the first half of 2021.
During the first 6 months of the year, the destination welcomed more than 5 million tourists (i.e. -3.3 million compared to the first half of 2020), mainly French and local Europeans. These tourists generated nearly €2 billion in economic spin-offs (i.e. €1.5 billion compared to the first half of 2020).
Tourist numbers in the first half of 2021 thus remained lower (-39%) than in the first half of 2020.
On the other hand, the summer season (from June to August) gave encouraging signals with a return of leisure customers.
Tourist numbers over this period have increased by 47% compared to the same period in 2020.
Finally, the prospects between now and the end of the year invite confidence and suggest that tourists are ready to return gradually.
For example, hotel reservations recorded at the end of August for the months of September and October are twice as high as those for the comparable months last year.