France retains world’s top tourist destination despite Yellow Vest protests

Neither torched outlets, nor tear gasoline on the Champs Elysées throughout the months of Yellow Vest protests might deprive France of remaining the world’s most visited nation by vacationers, breaking one other file in 2018.

According to France’s nationwide statistics institute (INSEE), the variety of nights spent within the nation’s accommodations, campsites and youth hostels reached 438.2 million, marking a rise of 9 million guests towards the earlier yr. The report excludes numbers for home-sharing platforms corresponding to Airbnb.

The spectacular progress was seen in a yr “marked by large-scale nationwide social movements on two occasions,” together with two months of rolling rail strikes between April to June, and the Yellow Vest demonstrations that began in late November towards gas costs, the excessive value of dwelling and tax reforms.

Despite political upheaval within the closing months, final yr delivered a promising outlook for the nation’s tourism business. In December, the Yellow Vests disaster put a dent in tourism with the variety of vacationers visiting France falling by 1.1 p.c. In Paris alone, the protests dragged down the variety of guests by 5.three p.c.

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