France Enjoyed 11 % Increase In Canadian Arrivals In 2016

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

While tourism in France declined by 2.2% in 2016 due to the 2015 terror attacks, arrivals of Canadians were a bright spot, increasing by 11 % to reach 1,125,000 tourists.

Canadians stay longer than most foreign visitors. The average stay for Canadian visitors was 11 days in 2016, significantly higher than the overall foreign visitors average duration of 6.8 days.

As a result, Canada is the 13th market for France in terms of arrivals, but ranks 10th in the total overnights spent in the country, totalling 11.4 million in 2016.

Tourism spending in France hit 159 billion euros in 2016, representing 7.1 % of the nations GDP. The 5 most visited regions by foreign travellers are: 

  • Paris and Ile de France
  • Provence-Alpes-Cote dAzur
  • Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
  • New Aquitaine
  • Brittany

France remains the most visited country in the world, with 82.6 million arrivals of international tourists in 2016. It ranks 5th worldwide in terms of tourism revenue.

Atout France in Canada took the opportunity to thank Canadian tourism professionals for their continued support and remind the industry of its upcoming tradeshow series Destination France 2018, which stops in Quebec City (26FEB), Montreal (27FEB), Toronto (28FEB) and Vancouver (1MAR).

Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.




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