The Paris region registered 16.4 million arrivals between January and June, the tourist board said on Tuesday – representing the highest increase in 10 years. The 10.2 per cent increase was driven by a near 15 per cent rise in foreign tourists.
The tourists are flocking back to Paris. After a catastrophic year in 2016, the French capital saw a surge in the number of visitors in the first six months of this year. One official said the city was on track to welcome more tourists over the whole year than ever before. Tourism generates over 7 percent of France’s national income and in the Paris region about half a million jobs are linked to the industry.