Fewer American tourists coming to Paris: tourism bureau
Paris is attracting fewer American tourists because of the weak dollar and the US economic downturn.
PARIS, March 26, 2008 (AFP) - Paris is attracting fewer American tourists
because of the weak dollar and the US economic downturn, the Paris tourism
bureau said Tuesday.
Some 1.5 million Americans visited the City of Light in 2007, a drop of 5.5
percent, and fewer still came to Paris in January when the figure fell 14
percent year-on-year, according to tourism bureau figures.
"US visitor arrivals have been falling since June ... and this trend has
grown since January," said Paris tourism bureau director Paul Roll.
The drop in US visitors comes as Paris records a rise in the overall number
of foreign tourists, up 2.3 percent last year to 8.76 million, with more
bookings from Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland.
Americans, who still make up the largest number of foreign tourists to
Paris, shunned France between 2001 and 2003 following the September 11 attacks and the Franco-American row over the US invasion of Iraq.
But bookings from the United States went up again in 2004.
Roll from the tourism bureau said tourist arrivals for 2007 were "overall
good" despite the drop in American visitors.