STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

France tries to promote itself as safe after tourism slumps

Paris hotels had an occupancy rate of only 32 per cent in the second half of July, compared to 77 per cent last year.

Published: 08th August 2016 08:55 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th August 2016 08:55 AM   |  A+A-

France Hostage Taking_AP

General view of the town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy, France, where a 84-year-old priest was murdered in a church, in background, during an attack. (AP)

BRUSSELS: Foreign tourists are shunning France in the wake of terrorist attacks, with hotel occupancy rates in the capital halved compared to last year.

The tourism industry, crucial for the French economy, has slumped amid security concerns since 130 people were killed in Paris in November. Visitor numbers have dwindled further after 85 people were killed in Nice last month.

In response, the government has launched a plan to promote France as a a safe destination with tour operators and travel journalists

Paris hotels had an occupancy rate of only 32 per cent in the second half of July, compared to 77 per cent last year.

Hotels in Nice suffered a 45 per cent fall in revenue in the two weeks after the July 14 attack on the seafront Promenade des Anglais.

The number of visitors to Belgium fell after terrorist attacks in Brussels killed 32 people in March, but guided tours of Molenbeek, the rundown district notorious as a jihadist hub, have increased 10-fold after the attacks.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp