Economy. French tourism lost more than 60 billion euros in turnover in 2020

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The Covid-19 pandemic caused Frances tourism revenue to drop by 41{7d3485657e94c2a51293ca186d4450b2f27c317aa7ee3509dac6c8bbf5461118} in 2020, according to the Secretary of State for Tourism, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, who invited the 'Four Truths' to France 2 on Friday.

'There is a shortfall of more than 60 billion euros in revenue,' he said, stating that last years tourist revenue of 89 billion euros, or 61 billion euros, was a loss of revenue for the sector.

Few international travelers

According to estimates by Atout France (which promotes France abroad), last year the health crisis reduced domestic revenues by 29 billion euros (-48{7d3485657e94c2a51293ca186d4450b2f27c317aa7ee3509dac6c8bbf5461118}) and those of international travelers from abroad 32 billion (-52{7d3485657e94c2a51293ca186d4450b2f27c317aa7ee3509dac6c8bbf5461118}). Domestic tourism consumption, which is estimated at around 180 billion euros or 7.4{7d3485657e94c2a51293ca186d4450b2f27c317aa7ee3509dac6c8bbf5461118} of GDP, has thus fallen by around a third.

The reason: the lack of influx of travelers, the pandemic that paralyzed air traffic and restricted travel in both leisure and business life.

Despite the crisis, the desire to leave the French tempts 37{7d3485657e94c2a51293ca186d4450b2f27c317aa7ee3509dac6c8bbf5461118} to travel between January and the end of summer 2021. However, the same proportion would like to wait until the end of the pandemic for their suitcase.