Sunday 7 August 2016 3:00 pm

The number of people visiting France has fallen

The number of people visiting France from abroad has fallen in the wake of terrorist attacks in the country.

Tourism minister Matthias Fekl said the number of foreign visitors has declined by 10 per cent  in the first six months of the year, compared to the same time last year, and that trend continued into July.

The capital Paris has been the most severely affected, while the number of overnight stays was up two per cent in other parts of the country, he said.

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Higher spending tourists from the US, Asia and the Middle East were the most discouraged from visiting said Fekl, in an interview with French publication Le Journal du Dimanche, with luxury hotels feeling the effect.

Around 80 per cent of visitors to France are from Europe and those numbers remained steady. 

British visitors continued to take a trip across the Channel, depite the vote for Brexit, however, the impact of the devaluation of the pound on spending would not be seen until the end of the summer.

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More than 80m people visit France each year and the industry generates seven per cent of its GDP and around €150bn in revenues.

Air France KLM warned in July that terrorism could have an impact on its business after the airline clawed back a return to profit for the first time since 2010.

French hotel giant Accor which owns the Novotel, Ibis and Sofitel chains issued a cautionary note that the impact of such events added a degree of uncertainty to its outlook.