France tourist numbers hit a record

Archery at Berty Gite
Holiday cottages in rural France often offer different activities

...but expat holiday rentals feel pinch

Tourism bounced back in France in 2017 with visitor numbers up 5.6% to hit a record 429 million nuitées (overnight stays) and 89m foreign visitors, new figures show.

But while hotels fared well after being badly hit by the 2015 and 2016 terrorist attacks, smaller British-run gîtes and holiday rentals are reporting a poorer year this year with advance bookings greatly reduced.

Looking at France overall in 2017, summer and winter seasons showed an increase with a 23m rise in overnight stays. Ski stations reported average figures up 1.3% (4.7% in the Pyrenees).

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