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Tourists switch to French countryside

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 01:17

Hotel activity in Paris has dipped 12 percent since January, largely due to the November attacks, according to a hospitality research group. But as Laura Frykberg reports, occupancy in the countryside has increased by 10 percent.

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It's one of many sites which makes Paris so popular, luring tens of millions of tourists each year. Not in 2016 though. Figures from research group MKG show hotel activity is down twelve percent, due to the November attacks in which 130 people were killed. (SOUNDBITE) (English) GERMAN TOURIST, LARA RIMPARIS, SAYING: "I'm still a bit scared the whole time, but I'm still enjoying every minute. But I still have it in my mind, a little bit." The incident has cost Paris hoteliers 290 million dollars. But their loss appears to be someone else's gain. Hotel bookings in the French countryside are up ten percent. That means there's only been a one percent decline across the country. (SOUNDBITE) (French) CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF HOSPITALITY RESEARCH GROUP MKG, GEORGES PANAYOTIS, SAYING: "It is true that despite all these events, the tourism and hotel sector are in a rather good state. We must understand as well that during the same months, you have a sensitive situation in all of Europe, and in the capitals." MKG also says Paris could be suffering from a wider slowdown in long haul tourism. And that things should kick off again in June, when the country hosts the Euro 2016 football tournament .

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Tourists switch to French countryside

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 01:17