Covid-19: tourism collapses in Île-de-France

DECRYPTION – The president of the region, Valérie Pécresse, calls for an emergency plan in the order of 10 billion euros.

Paris, desperately deprived of visitors. Stopped for over a year, tourism in the capital and its region is sinking into crisis. “30% of hotels and restaurants are in danger of bankruptcy, warns Valérie Pécresse, president of the Ile-de-France regional council. This percentage can be applied to the entire tourism economy. ”

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the region received only 6.4 billion euros in tourism revenue last year, or 15.5 billion less than in 2019. After a record attendance in 2019, 2020 has been grim as ever. According to the regional tourism committee (CRT), only 17.5 million tourists came (including 12.6 million French), whereas they had been nearly 51 million in 2019. The stays of foreign visitors have plummeted. 78%, those of the French 56%.

Damaged tourist region

“Île-de-France is the first region affected by the collapse of tourism, notes Valérie Pécresse. We are the number one tourist destination in the world. Seven

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