on August 23, 2017 – Quentin CLAUZON – News – general Information
The data of the regional tourism Committee of Ile-de-France (CRT), published last week, confirms that the upturn of the tourism sector on the first half of 2017, with a growth in attendance at museums and national monuments, and good prospects for September.
The ” industrial catastrophe “, evoked by Frédéric Valletoux, chairman of the CRT, in August 2016, finally seems to have been avoided. Indeed, as mentioned previously in our columns, the paris Region has experienced a record tourist numbers for ten years. The extra activity due to the stay deferred the past year, numerous events including the 52nd Salon du Bourget, in the absence of some perturbing factors (terrorist attacks, floods, strikes… ) and the recovery Plan of eight million euros are mainly responsible for this dynamism, according to the CRT.
The Fondation Louis Vuitton (+ 174 %), thanks to the holding of the exhibition ” Icon of modern art. The collection of Shchukin “, the Arc de triomphe (+ 36.3 per cent), the Montparnasse tower (+ 21,4 %), the Versailles (+ 24.1 per cent), the City of science and industry (+ 15.5 per cent), as well as the Musée national du château de Fontainebleau (+ 10,8 %) have completed according to the RTA ” very nice performance “.
The trend continues for the summer, the tourist numbers are increasing according to the professionals interviewed by the CRT. In June and July, respectively 84 % and 63 % of them consider it as good compared to last year, and 54 % and 60 % of them believe the increase compared to last year. In August, 49 % consider it average and 46% think that it is an increase compared to August 2016. For the season, the prospects sound good, with 51 % of professionals surveyed felt “good” to drink “very good” state of the reservations. Finally, in the medium term, 72% of the actors in the tourism sector anticipate an improvement of the tourist activity.
As a reminder, check-in hotel, reaching the bar of 16.4 million, increased by 10.2 % compared to the 1st half of 2016. All the jurisdictions benefit from the trend, but it is the small Crown, which records the highest increase, with + 14.9% of arrivals, thanks to the return of chinese customers, the first international customer of the small crown. The great Crown knows of his hand, an increase of 6, 1% (compared to 10.8% in Paris).
The international arrivals take a large part in the good health of the sector (+14.9 per cent of international tourists), france (+ 6.4 per cent). “And this, in spite of a secure environment and very marked,” says CRT. If we except Great Britain, of which the customer has experienced a slight decline, the rest of the world is a good figure, unlike last year, where the fall of the clientele of Japanese (- 46,2 %), American (- 5.7 %) and Chinese (- 19.6 per cent) were judged to be alarming by the CRT. Thus, the Japanese (+ 40,5 %), Chinese (+29.8 per cent), Americans (+20,5 %) or even germany (+ 20.4 per cent) are well and truly back this year. The RTA also confirms the revival of the tourism business, announcing a $ 17 million hotel stays, an increase of about 7.4 % compared to the 1st half of 2016.
Frédéric Valletoux, chairman of the TRC, believes that the signals “are clearly in the green” and that the “good results” are, in particular due to the deployment of young volunteers of the tourism, the development of the ” Paris Region Pass and digital solutions designed to optimize the management of queues in the museums. If these efforts will be “pursued to improve the competitiveness of the Ile-de-France, Frédéric Valletoux wishes in the future” to mobilize all the tourism professionals to make the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024 a reference for the reception of visitors from around the world “.