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The Rugby World Cup is expected to attract 450,000 international tourists to the country.
The presence of foreign tourists in Greater Paris is increasing, with a +10.6% rise in the volume of international tourists compared to 2022, over the first 20 days of September.
Two peaks in visitor numbers are identifiable, on Friday September 8 (France-New Zealand match) and Saturday September 9 (Australia-Georgia match).
The number of Australian tourists was up +113.0% on 2022, since the beginning of September; they numbered 30,000 on September 9 in Greater Paris.
Visitors from New Zealand, up +220.4%, numbered over 6,000 in Greater Paris on September 8.
The start of autumn is looking good: international air arrivals forecast for October-November are +2.4% higher than in 2019. However, several factors are hampering the recovery of certain long-haul markets: the conflict affecting the Russian market; the still very gradual recovery of air links between mainland China and France (-53.4% of flights forecast for the last quarter of 2023 compared with 2019); longer waiting times for visas in certain Middle Eastern markets; and the economic situation in Brazil, which is deteriorating under the impact of restrictive monetary policy and the slowdown in the global economy.
INTERNATIONAL AIR ARRIVALS FORECAST :
+16.3% to date vs. 2022, and a level comparable to 2019. Markets with the strongest growth over 2019 include Australia (8,900 pax, +34.0%), Ireland (10,500 pax, +35.6%), Argentina (4,500 pax, +40.7%), New Zealand (2,200 pax, +174.9%) and South Africa (6,600 pax, +448.0%).
HOTEL BOOKING RATE TO SEPTEMBER 19 :
Occupancy forecasts for the first week of October are above 75%.