Latest demonstrations not chasing away tourists

3rd April 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, April 3, 2006 (AFP) - A recent spate of demonstrations and violence in Paris has had no negative impact on the hotel sector in the capital, with occupancy actually increasing the day before and the day of a huge protest March 28, the research group MKG Consulting reported Monday.

PARIS, April 3, 2006 (AFP) - A recent spate of demonstrations and violence in Paris has had no negative impact on the hotel sector in the capital, with occupancy actually increasing the day before and the day of a huge protest March 28, the research group MKG Consulting reported Monday.

But the group warned that the possibility of a decline in foreign reservations in the weeks ahead could not be ruled out.

It said the hotel sector had so far weathered the impact of "often alarmist" foreign press coverage of protest marches, strikes and clashes between police and youths on the streets of Paris.

Student groups and trade unions are to rally again on Tuesday to protest a controversial labor law targeting youth unemployment that has been denounced by critics as a threat to workers' rights.

The capital's hotel occupancy rate on Monday March 27 rose 13.7 points to 84.3 percent from the equivalent day last year and gained 10.7 points to 89.6 percent on Tuesday, March 28, when hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in protest.

MKG Consulting said strikes disrupting public transport services may have prompted business travellers either to arrive earlier or stay longer in order to avoid transportation problems, thereby explaining the increase in occupancy rates compared with the same period last year.

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Subject: French news

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