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France Pays Special Attention to British Tourism Numbers After Brexit

Destination & Tourism | Janeen Christoff | July 15, 2016

France Pays Special Attention to British Tourism Numbers After Brexit

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France is paying special attention to the number of British visitors vacationing in the country with the fall of the pound after the U.K. voted to leave the European Union.

According to Reuters, France’s tourism sector represents between 7 and 8 percent of its gross domestic product and employs about two million people.

Visitors from Britain are the largest tourist market in France, sending approximately 12 million people across the pond and a weak pound could take away from those numbers significantly.

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“The consequences of the fall in sterling after the British referendum were discussed,” France’s Foreign Ministry, which oversees the tourism portfolio, said to Reuters after a meeting of various government departments to try to find solutions for the sector.

Paris has felt a significant drop in visitors since the November terror attacks, but in other parts of the country, air traffic was up, presumably in relation to the Euro 2016 soccer tournament.

“We cannot allow ourselves to let the threat of a new drop (in tourism) to prevail or even a stagnation of activity,” Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said. “There are questions on the impact on the sector of other geopolitical developments such as the British referendum.”

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