France suffers an ‘industrial catastrophe’ as tourism drops by €750m in wake of terror attacks

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
By Paul Martin

Tourism has suffered since ISIS gunmen killed 130 in Paris last year
Paris region has seen a 6.4 per cent decline in tourists
Strikes and floods are also blamed for the slump in visitors
Head of the Paris region tourist board said jobs need protection
23 August 2016

Islamist attacks have scared off thousands of tourists from Paris and its top attractions, helping rob the French capital of about 750 million euros (£644 million) in revenues, officials said on Tuesday.

Strikes and floods have also taken their toll, overshadowing a boost from the Euro 2016 soccer championships and leaving the tourism industry in need of massive new investment and a rescue package, representatives of the sector said.

‘It’s time to realise that the tourism sector is going through an industrial disaster,’ the head of the Paris region tourist board, Frederic Valletoux, said in a statement.

Visitors to the Arc de Triomphe fell more than a third in the first half of 2016 from the same period a year earlier, the tourist board said.

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