Paris is still struggling to recover its popularity with tourists after last year’s terror attacks. Newsweek writes that “the Greater Paris area saw a six percent annual drop in hotel bookings made in 2016, compared to 2015.” The Paris Tourism Office stated in an annual report reflects that the decline is thanks to the reduced number of stays from international tourists.
The report also estimates that 1.3 million fewer people checked into Paris hotels this year marking a fall from the 22.2 million tourists who booked a stay in Paris in 2015. Pierre Chapira, president of the city’s tourism board, however, remains optimistic. He told the newspaper, Le Figaro, “This six percent drop is a rather pleasant surprise, after the year that we have suffered.” He went on to state that the reduced number of hotel guests may not indicate fewer tourists but may simply mean that more of them are using flat-sharing services like Airbnb.
Jean-François Martins, assistant to the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo said, “We are not far from returning to rates comparable to 2014,” he said. “We must continue to invest.”