Paris still number one destination for holidaymakers

The study found that millions of foreign visitors flocked to Paris in 2013, with many heading on the glorious French river cruises which pass through on a daily basis, as well as millions staying in the city on a romantic getaway.

The study by Paris’ regional tourism body, which took into account hotel occupancies in cities throughout the world, revealed that approximately 15.5 million holidaymakers visited the City of Light last year.

Paris beats all competition

Earlier this year it was suggested that rival city London had taken the crown as the world’s tourism capital, but the Ile-de-France Regional Tourism Committee study has revealed that Paris has in fact regained this title and is officially the most visited city in the world.

Paris and the surrounding Ile-de-France region saw the number of foreign visitors to the city reach its highest level in 10 years, with the 15.5 million foreign holidaymakers representing an 8.2 percent rise from 2012.

The results from the study show that the highest proportion of foreign visitors came from the UK, with 2.1 million Brits crossing the Channel to holiday in Paris.

British visitors were not the only ones attracted by Paris’ Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, its stunning river cruises and the Arc de Triomphe, however, as American, German, Italian and Chinese visitors also featured highly in the list.

Another landmark that came out of the study’s results was the fact that the Chinese topped the list of visitors to Paris from Asia. Just over 881,000 Chinese holidaymakers visited Paris in 2013, which surpassed the number of Japanese visitors.

Visitors to Paris from the Middle East rose by around 21 percent last year, while the number of French visitors to the nation’s capital city decreased by 7.5 percent compared to 2012.

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