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Even before it hosts the Olympics, Paris is the world’s top tourist destination

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In preparation for this year’s Paris Olympics, new research from travel analysts Radical Storage has uncovered France and Paris Tourism statistics. 

  • Paris is the most visited city in the world, with 44 million tourists in 2022.
  • The most popular destination type for visitors to France was a city, with 29.3% of tourists choosing a city location for their trip.
  • Disneyland Paris is the most visited attraction in France with 14.8 million yearly visitors.
  • Tour Eiffel is the most mentioned Parisian attraction with 24.8% of shares on social media.
  • Since 2010, France has received an average of 77.8 million international visitors each year, with 79.4 million in 2022.

As the capital city of France, Paris is also the most visited city in the world, with Paris and the Île-de-France region hosting 44 million tourists in 2022. It offers a huge choice of attractions, cultural sites including street art and historic monuments, and events for visitors to enjoy.

Where do visitors to Paris come from?

The countries that the most visitors to Paris come from are:

·       Belgium (11%)

·       United Kingdom (10%)

·       United States (9%)

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·       Netherlands (8%)

·       Germany (8%)

Accommodation tourists use in Paris

The majority of visitors to Paris (53%) stay at hotels when visiting for an overnight trip. 34% stay at non-market accommodations which includes Airbnb and other rentals, while the remaining 13% stay at other market accommodations such as apartments or hostels.

Average costs in Paris

On average, one person will spend €101 per day while staying in Paris. The table below shows the average costs for food, drinks, and transport in Paris. 

Did you know that Paris was ranked as the #1 destination for street food in 2022? It was also ranked as the #1 best city in the world for hidden bars in 2023.

The average cost of expenses in Paris

Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course- 60.00 €

Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant- 15.00 €

McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal)- 10.00 €

Domestic Beer (1 pint draught beer)-6.00 €

One-way Ticket (Local Transport)- 1.80 €

Taxi Start Fare (Normal Tariff) + 1 mile- 2.80 €

Cappuccino (regular)- 3.04 €

Most popular Parisian attractions by online mentions

There are several popular tourist attractions in Paris which see huge visitor numbers every year. The analysis below shows the popularity of tourist attractions in France based on mentions of each attraction in Twitter and Instagram posts.

The most popular attraction in Paris was the Eiffel Tower with 24.8% of the social media mentions, followed by the Louvre Museum with 11% of the mentions across all tourist attractions in Paris.

The share of mentions on Twitter and Instagram for Parisian attractions

1.     Tour Eiffel- 24.8%

2.     Musée du Louvre- 11%

3.     Disneyland Paris- 9.4%

4.     Montmartre- 6%

5.     La Seine- 5.3%

6.     Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris- 4%

7.     Arc de Triomphe- 3.6%

8.     Paris Fashion Week- 3.5%

9.     Basilique du Sacré-Cœur- 3%

10.  Champs-Élysées- 2.7%

11.  Château de Versailles- 2.6%

12.  Moulin Rouge- 1.5%

Most visited tourist attractions in France

France is home to a wide variety of cultural and recreational sites which attract millions of visitors each year. The most visited place by far in France is Disneyland Paris with 14.8 million visitors per year. This is followed by the Louvre Museum with 8 million visitors and Versailles Palace with 7.7 million visitors. The Eiffel Tower receives 6.2 million visitors per year.

Out of the top attractions, nine of these are based in Paris, with so much culture, heritage, and activities to do in Paris it is no wonder this popular city for tourists will be hosting the Olympics in 2024.

For the full study and source list: https://travel.radicalstorage.com/france-tourism-statistics/

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