The return of foreign tourists revives the attractiveness of Paris

This summer, the Eiffel Tower has exceeded 3 million cumulative visitors since January. Credit: Tomas Marek –

DECRYPTION – Europeans have never been so numerous. Americans are spending money.

Paris confirms its place as the world capital of tourism. Stopped for many months because of the Covid, the City of Light regains all its attractiveness this summer with foreign visitors. Starting with the Europeans, who have never been so numerous. Admittedly, the Chinese and the Russians are absent. But the soaring dollar against the euro has encouraged Americans to come and spend lavishly. Despite the heat wave, tourists criss-cross the capital in great numbers and arm themselves with patience to visit its musts. “We are approaching the pre-crisis level of activity. Summer brings good surprises, says Frédéric Hocquard, assistant to Anne Hidalgo, in charge of tourism and nightlife. The Americans are much more numerous than expected, as are the Middle Easterners. We weren’t expecting record attendance from Europeans (Spaniards, Italians, etc.) either.”

This summer, air arrivals from Southern Europe have increased by more than 20%. In August, attendance…

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