Having set a target of 100 million visitors by 2020, France is expected to welcome almost 89 million tourists this year, compared with 83 million in 2016.
The French government has recently implemented specific measures with regard to tourism in order to sustain growth in the sector, which represents almost 8% of overall GDP in France and accounts for two million direct and indirect jobs.
The measures announced include:
- Issuing visas within 48 hours in ten new countries, with an implementation deadline of November 1, 2017 in the case of eight countries, and June 30, 2018 for a further two countries;
- Commitment on a maximum waiting time at police border controls in airports with effect from January 1, 2018;
- Improved highway maintenance between Paris and airports in the surrounding area;
- Development of an investment plan for seaside and mountain resorts;
- Increased numbers of apprenticeship contracts in the sector, in consultation with professionals.
The French government has announced a roadmap for the next two years with the aim of improving, in particular, levels of service and safety at tourist attractions, quality of tourist packages, and training and employment policies, as well as support for digitalization and information sharing with a view to increasing competitiveness in the sector.
France has maintained its position as one of the world’s top tourism destination for many years, and visitor numbers are still on the rise.
To find out more about the French government’s tourism plan, click here.