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While tourism in France has suffered a decline of 2.5 percent during the past summer, visitor numbers have fallen by much more in Paris and along the Riviera, the two regions hardest hit by terror attacks over the last 13 months.
France’s statistical office, INSEE, said that overnight stays in Paris fell by 12.7 percent compared to 2015, while in Provence-Alpes-Côte- d’Azur the decline in summer visitors was 8.6 percent, with a marked fall in July, shortly after the June 23 Bastille Day atrocity in Nice that took 86 lives.
The only bright spots were rural areas, as visitors avoided cities and towns, with an average increase of 2.7 percent. French visitors were less likely be deterred overall than visitors from other countries, INSEE found.
During his annual address to the press, National Council President Stéphane Valeri was optimistic for 2022, saying "there are reasons to hope that we can get back to a quasi-normal life.”
Nice Côte d’Azur airport ended 2021 with over 6.5 million passengers passing through, higher than expected and fuelled mainly by a strong summer season and the return of long-haul flights.
It is expected to be another mild, sunny weekend at the region’s ski resorts with plenty of standing snow, while Valberg will be hosting a Monte-Carlo Rallye event on Friday.
The celebration of Sainte Devote, Monaco’s Patron Saint, will be held next week, and again this year the Principality is taking adapted measures to ensure the health and safety of all who wish to participate.