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Provisional figures for the 2018 summer season show a substantial increase in income for tourism businesses on the Cote d’Azur.
The regional tourism committee said that foreign visitors are fuelling the growth, particularly the Americans (+20%), the British (+13%), Middle Easterners (+35%) and the Japanese (+30%.)
Hotel occupancy in towns during July was 84 percent, with turnover up by 13 percent. August is traditionally a busier month than July, and the indications are that it will be “excellent” in terms of business. Hotel occupancy reached 87 percent during the month.
The tourism sector is hoping for a similar trend in September and October.
New state-owned carrier ITA has officially taken over from Alitalia, permanently grounding the 75-year-old Italian airline after years of financial losses and failed rescue attempts.
The Metropole Hotel has been awarded a spot in the top 10 hotels in France and Monaco by Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards for the fifth year in a row.
As part of the modernisation of public elevators and escalators in Monaco, the lift between Jardin Exotique and Hector Otto will be closed for two months starting next week.
The UK government has introduced new international travel rules aimed at streamlining what has been an incredibly confusing system.