France remains the world’s most visited country for 2015
13th April, 2016
According to statistics released last Friday, France is once
again the world’s most visited country, based on visitor numbers for 2015.
Although the statistics show that visitor numbers of Europe
in general are down by 1.5%, France managed to buck that trend, with figures
increasing by 0.9% in comparison to 2014.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development,
Jean-Marc Ayrault, said: “I am pleased to announce the excellent tourism
statistics of 2015, which saw France welcome 84.5 million international
Although Paris saw a fall of visitor numbers by 15%
following the November terrorist attacks, Ayrault said that he remains
“motivated to continue working with the mayor of Paris and his advisors, as well
as Ile-de-France’s representatives and those from across France, to promote
France as a destination in the fact of these events.”
He also expressed his desire to improve the process for visa
applications for visitors who hail from outside of the EU, saying that his
objective “remains to welcome 100 million foreign visitors every year by 2020.”
The increase in visitor numbers was largely down to a huge
22.7% increase in the number of Asian tourists visiting France last year. A
record-breaking 2.2 million Chinese tourists came to France last year, while
visa applications from Indian visitors also increased by almost 50%. Anglophone
visitor numbers also grew last year, with the number of Brits visiting France
increasing 3.3% and the number of American visitors increasing by 15.2%.
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