Paris sees fewer international visitors

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the Louvre in Paris

According to the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau, there have been fewer visits to the city than in the previous year. The reason? Terrorist activity and the fear of travelling to the city must be high on the list of reasons. The good news is that visitor numbers look to have increased as the year ended.

By most people’s analyses, the Louvre in Paris is the world’s most visited museum. It looks unlikely that the long run at the number one spot will have ended in 2016 as the museum – as reported by The Art Newspaper – has announced that visitor numbers are down by 20%. Likewise the numbers visiting the Musee d’Orsay dropped by 14% but numbers visiting the Pompidou are slightly up says the BBC.

We will have to wait until March when The Art Newspaper publishes its annual list of museum attendance to see the true extent of fewer visitors to France.

Nationals are still visiting their museums and galleries in growing numbers hence the success of the Pompidou. What they are all being affected by is a drop in international visitors. It appears that, in the case of the Louvre, there were 8% fewer Americans, 31% fewer Chinese and 61% fewer Japanese visitors.

It does look as though Chinese and Japanese tourists are more affected by safety concerns than other nations. A decade or so, Americans stayed away bit looks as though they are not so deterred from international travel as they once were. Given how strong the dollar was against the euro last year, more US visitors might have been expected.

That there appears to have been a rebound in numbers in the last part of the year is encouraging. It seems to show that the minds of holidaymakers are comparatively short and that, once a period of calm occurs, they travel again


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