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 visitors.”

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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