Minister welcomes increase in number of tourists visiting France in 2015
Tourism – Statement by M. Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development
Paris, 8 April 2016
I welcome the excellent tourism figures for 2015; France welcomed 84.5 million international visitors last year, representing an increase of 0.9% over one year. This increase is mainly due to the dramatic rise in the number of Asian tourists (up 22.7%). The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development is committed to enhancing France’s attractiveness and making it easier for tourists to visit our country, including by improving the visa application process.
The attacks which struck Paris in November hindered this progress, especially in the capital. I remain committed, alongside Paris’s mayor and councillors, the elected representatives of the Ile-de-France region and tourism professionals, to actively promoting France as a tourist destination following these events. My goal remains to attract 100 million foreign tourists per year to France from 2020 onwards.
For more information and detailed figures (article in French): http://diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/politique-etrangere-de-la-france/tourisme/article/tourisme-statistiques-du-tourisme-international-vers-la-france-en-2015./.