Tourism – Statistics on tourism for 2013

Tourism statistics are prepared annually by the Directorate-General for Competitiveness, Industry and Services (DGCIS) of the French Ministry of the Economy, Production Recovery and the Digital Sector and by the Bank of France. They have been finalized.


In 2013, the number of foreign tourists to France reached 84.7 million, i.e. a 2% growth compared with 2012 (83 million). According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the number of foreign tourist arrivals in Europe increased by 5% between 2012 and 2013.

In addition, according to a survey by the National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE), the number of guest nights of foreign tourists in collective accommodation establishments reached 4.6%. The length of stays by foreign tourists in France is increasing.

These figures are positive on the whole and confirm that France is a very attractive tourist destination, for both French and foreign tourists. This is particularly true of Asian tourists, whose arrivals to France rose by 12.9% between 2012 and 2013.

Tourism is an expanding sector which is going to double in size by 2030 with two billion tourists. It is essential to continue our efforts so that France will be the world leader in tourism and able to welcome 100 million tourists, which is the objective that was set at the end of the National Conference on Tourism in Paris on 19 June 2014.

Published on 27/08/2014

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