Tourism in Paris

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Introduction
Paris is the capital of France (Most visited country in the world). It is the largest country in Europe with approximately 65million inhabitants. Founded about 2000years ago, Paris is a modern and vibrant city. It is called the ‘City of Lights’. Paris is the shopping and fashion capital of the world, with Channel, Dior, Vuitton, Yves Saint-Laurent among many other top French fashion brands. The French tradition of good food still prevails in most restaurants across the city. All of this turns Paris into a unique tourist city. This explains why Paris is the most visited city in the world. With about 42 million tourists per year, Paris is the third most visited city in the world after Orlando and New York City, and the first by international visitors (with about 17 million). The city and its region contain 3,800 historical monuments and four UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The most famous attractions include Notre Dame de Paris, Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the Pompidou Centre, Musée d'Orsay, Champs-Élysées, and the Arc de Triomphe. The Eiffel Tower is unquestionably Paris's most popular attraction. What was originally meant to be a temporary fixture built for the Universal Exhibition of 1889 has since become the symbol of Paris.

Each year round about 70million tourists visit Paris.
The top attractions being:
1. Disneyland – 15million
2. Notre Dame Cathedral – 13.6m
3. Sacre Coeur – 10.5m
4. Eiffel Tower – 7m

We see that Europe has been leading in the number of international tourists since 1950. Major proportion of this statistic has been provided by France. There was not much travel and tourism during the 1950’s because due to lack of technology and travel options and many other such reasons. Travel technology improved and we can see that by the mid 1960-1970’s there was a sudden explosion of international tourist arrivals. France accounted for major proportion of international tourists. France today is the most visited country in the world and Paris which is its capital is the most visited city in the world. Awareness about tourism spread in the 1980-1990’s and there was a boost in tourism all over the world. Many reasons which are explained down lead to this rapid boost of the tourism industry in the world.

Why has tourism increased in Paris?
Tourism is one of the world greatest growth industries. It is growing because: 1. Transport And Infrastructure - Getting to Paris has become easier. Paris' Charles de Gaulle-has increased capacity 20% since 2006--already operates four runways unlike many other countries where the average is two runways. Due to this major expansion tourism is going to rise by 75% to 100% in the next 20 years. People have now started to have at least one car. Due to this transport by car has been promoted throughout Europe. People can take their cars and drive throughout Europe. This has been facilitated by the EU. They have built an EU tunnel connecting UK to France. People in UK now prefer to go for vacations to Paris and other cities around France since it is the closest country and is one of the best destinations for a holiday. Travel costs have decreased a great deal and more routes and options are available for people around the world to fly into this city. Tourist services have improved drastically. The government of France is taking major steps to boost tourism. They are building new airports, highways and subways to make it easier for tourists to travel. Huge interest is being taken into the preservation of tourist spots and sites. As a matter of fact in 2007 France has spent more than a couple of billion US dollars for promoting tourism. 2. Social Reasons - People have much more leisure time now that in the past. In the 1950s, working population had only one week's holiday or less each year.- employees now get more paid holiday than they used to. Within the European Union, paid holidays are a right and an annual minimum of...
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