Tourist workers fight back as trade shaken by terror attacks and strikes

Jackie Jones of L'Ancienne Distillerie near Cognac says she has had a 'tough year'

With many areas in France dependent on tourism, industry professionals are concerned about the effect of recent terrorist attacks – figures are still emerging but signs show a disappointing downward trend. 

Tourism Minister Matthias Fekl reports that the number of overnight stays by tourists dropped 10% on average during the first six months of 2016 while Paris tourist office figures show that hotel occupancy dropped 9.8% points to 78.1% in July compared to 2015, after a 12.5% drop in June, adding to fears of a France-wide slump in tourist trade.

A similar drop is reported by Jeffrey Messud, CEO of gite booking site Xotelia, based in Lyon. He said: “After each attack there seemed to be a drastic increase in cancelled reservations.”

However, on the other hand, he has also noticed “more and more last minute reservations,” suggesting that people are perhaps biding their time ...

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