France Sees 40% Drop in Tourists

France’s tourism sector has taken a beating following the coronavirus outbreak, according to the country’s finance minister, with tourist arrivals down by as low as 40%.

Amid travel bans and trip postponements due to COVID-19, demand for air travel has fallen, leading to more than 200,000 flight cancellations.

France is one of the most visited countries in the world, and the fall in visitors has a huge impact on the French economy.

According to the country’s Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, 89.4 million visitors toured France in 2018 and tourism accounts for nearly 8% of its gross domestic product. It also welcomes around 2.7 million Chinese tourists each year.

France has reported 12 confirmed cases of the virus and one death, according to a World Health Organization report dated February 22.

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