World Travel and Tourism Council research has shown that despite the economic challenges that the whole world is facing, travel and tourism continues to grow. Research and surveys have shown that today’s world financial crisis is the worst in 75 years. Even though tourism in France and in all other countries is affected by this downturn, the tourism industry has grown in terms of its contribution to the GDP. In fact, it rose to 3% percent in spite of the forecast decline. However, the impact of tourism on the economy is not easily measured, since the impact may be direct, indirect, or induced.
It has been reported that in 2011 about $6.33 trillion is the GDP contribution of the travel and tourism industry, and that it has generated about 255 million jobs. For 2012, the forecast GDP contribution of travel and tourism is only 2.8%, however this is still a good number despite the global economic status.
Tourism is a large industry that contributes to the French economy just as it does in the U.S. It is among the top ranking industries in France because of the climate and the different forms of landscape across the country. France has much to offer tourists, especially with its abundant cultural and historical sites, architecture, and recreational facilities; and of course it’s famous for it’s delightful food and wines! Of course, we have mentioned but a few of the favourite tourist attractions of France- there are many more things.
France is actually among the biggest players in the world when it comes to tourism. This is measured in terms of the number of tourists visiting each year, with 8.4 million tourists visiting France last year. For the last several years, France tops the list ahead of the United States and China. Some of the reasons for this are due to the number wealthy and developed countries with citizens who can afford to travel as well as the wide range of natural resources and the historical heritage of France. The 2011 survey shows a significant growth from 2010 with 77.6 million visitors.
The surge in French tourism can also be attributed to the many visitors who come from China, Brazil and Russia. Chinese visitors total about 23.9% of all visitors. Even with the economic concerns in the United States, 14% of the visitors in France are Americans.
France has always been the most popular tourist destination in the world. The growth in French tourism has also increased because of the themes and amusement parks that have attracted both kids and adults. Promotions have also been developed to gain more tourism throughout France. From the different famous monuments and museums, it is actually not surprising that France remained to be the world’s most visited country.