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Paris: drop in foreign arrivals in 2014

In 2014, arrivals at hotels in Greater Paris reached 22.4 million. Although the volume of arrivals remains high, it is down 1.4% with respect to 2013 primarily due to the drop in foreign arrivals.

Data published by the Paris Tourism Research Department show a slight drop in occupancy at hotels in Greater Paris in 2014, although volumes remain high nonetheless. The number of arrivals recorded in properties across the year shrank by 1.4% with respect to 2013, to 22.4 million. In terms of nights realized, there were 48.9 million, for a 1.9% decrease.

The downtrend is more a result of a drop in foreign arrivals. The number of international tourist arrivals at hotels fell by 2.5% in 2014, to 11.6 million, while French visitors maintained occupancy levels similar to those of last year (10.8 million).

Among the nationalities with shrinking arrivals this year at Paris hotels, Russian arrivals fell by 12.2% due to the current geopolitical context. German arrivals follow (-11.8%), then  Swiss (-9.1%), British (-8.1%) and Japanese (-7.4%). American tourist arrivals remained fairly steady with respect to the previous year, it is the highest in terms of volume with 1.5 million visitors at Paris hotels. Inversely, the increase in Spanish arrivals (+6.7%) testifies to the market's recovery and surpasses the growth in Chinese arrivals (+1.2%). Belgian and Dutch arrivals remained steady across the year.

It is also important to observe the strong presence of French clientele at Parisian properties in 2014. While domestic presence at hotels in Greater Paris remained unchanged (-0.1%), it progressed in hotels in the city (+1.1%).

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