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Pending consolidated data, we estimate that Greater Paris welcomed between 6.2 and 6.4 million tourists for the cumulative months of July and August. This compares with 6.4 million in 2022 and 6.6 million in 2019.
The occupancy rate for Greater Paris hotels in July was 76.6% (-1.8pt vs. 2022 and -4.2 pts vs. 2019). Hotels in Paris intra-muros performed better, with a rate of 83.3% (- 2.0pts versus 2022 and 2019).
International air arrivals** for July and August cumulatively were -16.6% lower than in 2019 (-15.3% in July, with 741,000 tourists, and -18.3% in August, with 537,000 tourists). Compared to 2019, the best-performing markets were Spain (+26.8% arrivals), Canada (+22.9%), Italy (+6.8%) and the UK (+2.4%), in contrast to the USA (-4.6%), Germany (-6.0%), South America (-27.5%) and the Middle East (-41.0%). Domestic tourist nights fell by -1.3% between July 1 and mid-August 2023 compared to 2022.
The outlook for the autumn season remains good, despite a drop in air bookings. This decline has been trending downwards since the start of the year: -6.1% versus 2019 in Q1; -15.9% in Q2; -28.2% in July and -17.5% in the first two weeks of August. International air arrivals forecast to date for September are down -4.8% on 2019.
**October remains positive (+7.6%).
International air arrivals forecast:
+23.9% to date vs 2022 and -4.8% vs 2019.
Rugby World Cup: 22,300 Australians (+13.8% vs 2019), 7,200 South Africans (+101.9%) and 3,200 New Zealanders (+28.3%) will land in Paris in September.
Hotel booking rates as at August 16 :
Occupancy forecasts for the first two weeks of September are above 65%.