This is a decline attributed to the movement of yellow vests. In December 2018, Paris airports have seen between 5% and 10% less foreign tourists compared to the same month of 2017, according to figures released this Friday by Atout France, the agency promoting French tourism abroad .
For the beginning of 2019, airline reservations are "down by 6.8% for the next three months. But if the demonstrations stopped, we could quickly find a growth ", estimates Christian Mantei, general director of Atout France.
Concern for tourists from Asia
He met with Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Secretary of State for Tourism and a dozen ambassadors abroad to assess the consequences, depending on the country, the movement of yellow vests on tourist flows. "The situation is very nuanced. We especially feel the concern of Asians, customers who need to be reassured. But the signals are positive on the side of European customers, who form the bulk of the battalions, "according to the Secretary of State.
The government official explains that December was particularly affected. "On January and February, this decline slows, and in March we start again on a growth of international arrivals. We must maintain this spiral of recovery. The government is thinking of "complementary actions" to "reassure" and "communicate that security is assured, that life goes on. France has rebounded after the tragic events of 2015, and there is a desire for France that remains.