France garnered 58 billion euros in 2022 thanks to international tourism, record

In terms of revenue from international tourism, France remains preceded by Spain. While air traffic, in France, remains in clear decline compared to 2019, before the pandemic, according to Atout France.

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Foreign tourists brought back 57.9 billion to France in 2022, a record according to Atout France, recipes further lower than those of the great Spanish rival, according to figures published Monday, February 27 by the Atout France agency, responsible of the promotion of French tourism abroad.

“At the end of December 2022, international tourism revenues in France are up 1.2 billion euros compared to their 2019 level”, she explains in a conjuncture note published on its site. “This result is explained by the return of European customers and Americans but also by inflation which mechanically increases the recipes in value”, it is still specified. On the other hand, traveler flows “from Asia, in particular from China or Japan, are still very low, although increasing slightly at the end of the year”.

And in terms of revenue from international tourism, France remains preceded by Spain, “which in 2022 finds its European leadership” since Madrid had already accumulated 64.8 billion euros at the end of the month of November.

Among the foreign customers who spent the most in France in 2022 are nationals of three border countries: Belgium with 7.3 billion euros, Germany with 6.5 billion and the United Kingdom with 6 ,2 billion. The United States ranked fifth with 5.6 billion expenses accumulated in 2022. 2>

air traffic decreases 31 % compared to 2019

The Note of Atout France returns to air traffic during the year 2022: “It is, throughout the year still down -31 % compared to 2019, mainly due to weakness Flows from Asia. “An observation tinged with optimism:” But the light is perhaps at the end of the tunnel: while China reopens the borders for its nationals, other distant markets like India, South Korea or Australia have signs of growth in the coming months. “

 passengers await their baggage when the airport arrives de Merignanc, in Bordeaux. February 27, 2023. Passengers await their luggage on arrival from Merignanc airport, in Bordeaux. February 27, 2023. Thibaud Moritz/AFP

An influx carried in particular by India as mentioned the report: “It will become, in 2023, the most populated country in the world, and will experience a favorable economic situation, with a population wishing to go back in a trip. “Esides the organization.

Another positive aspect: the domestic clientele that would have gradually found, throughout the year, the tourism road: “The departure rate of the French for travel in mainland France is established on the whole of the ‘Year at 23 %, a rate close to the reference situation in 2019 with nights down only 5 %. “

After a “good” activity during the Christmas holidays and in mountain areas, despite a snow -capping “weak or even absent”, Atout France plans with a “certain optimism” in the first quarter 2023, “despite An always difficult context “on the economic (inflation) and geopolitical levels, with the war in Ukraine.

/Media reports cited above.