2012 proved to be an excellent year for tourism in Paris, which received 29 million visitors.
Tourism remains one of the rare sectors making a largely positive contribution to the French economy. Today, its impact represents 7% of the GDP and 2 million jobs, and in 2012 it generated revenue bordering on 77 billion euros in France, facts pointed out by Sylvia Pinel, the minister in charge of the sector. Despite the economic uncertainty hanging over 2013, the coming year promises to be just as successful.
France is the top tourist destination in the world. Paris is the most visited city in the country and is home to the 10 major French sites and monuments.
Traditional clientèle (the Americans, British, Japanese, etc.) are coming back, adding to the growing rise in tourists from new emerging countries (BRICS*, Mexico, Near and Middle East, Eastern Europe, etc.).
Paris enjoys tourist traffic all year long. In summer obviously, in the high season, but between September and November it also enjoys business tourism and tourism for the cultural season. In 2013, several major conferences and international trade fairs will be held in particular: the Paris Air Show, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions and the European Society of Cardiology.
On the cultural side of things, an ambitious programme has been planned: Roy Lichtenstein (Pompidou Centre), Gustave Doré (Musée d’Orsay) and German art between Romanticism and Expressionism (Louvre Museum).
As for the economic trend, tourists are increasingly on the lookout for the best deals and are turning to new alternatives to traditional temporary accommodation, which is often expensive and quickly booked up. They are looking for a more authentic stay to experience Paris like a true Parisian. To meet this demand, new services of short-term apartment and house rental are being introduced. An appropriate response for all types of stay, in both high and low season. An ideal solution for people wanting to rent and property owners.
*Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa