France’s Travel & Tourism broke all records last year, WTTC research reveals

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The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) today unveiled the remarkable growth of Travel & Tourism in France last year, with the sector’s GDP contribution surging by nearly 6% year-on-year to a record-breaking €246BN.

According to the global tourism body’s latest research, in 2023, Travel & Tourism soared 4.3% above the previous peak, representing 8.8% of France’s total economic output, signalling a year of significant growth for the sector.

In collaboration with Oxford Economic, WTTC’s latest research highlights a sector abundant with opportunities, creating more than 172,000 new jobs, elevating the total to nearly 2.9MN nationwide, 4.7% above 2019 levels.

This continued growth solidifies Travel & Tourism’s position as a major employment driver, representing one in every 11 jobs across the country.

Last year, international visitors injected €66.7BN into the economy, while spending by domestic travellers rebounded to €135BN, surpassing previous 2019 heights by 1% and 3%, respectively.

The latest data highlights France’s Travel & Tourism as a cornerstone of economic growth and employment creation, with Paris standing out as the first choice for international visitors.