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Strikes to Further Impact Tourism In and Around Paris, Experts Warn

PARIS WOES: Paris’ governing body of tourism has sounded the alarm.
While transport strikes and demonstrations against France’s Socialist government’s proposed labor law are set to continue, the Regional Tourism Committee of Paris and its environs (or Le Comité Regional du Tourisme Paris Ile-de-France) in a statement Monday morning alerted the French government to the gravity of the situation that’s exacerbating already low visitor levels.
A near-term uptick of already low tourist numbers aren’t expected, according to the CRT Paris Ile-de-France. In the first quarter of this year, the level of Japanese tourists dropped 56 percent; Italians, 24 percent, and Russians, 35 percent. Meanwhile, the number of Chinese visitors decreased 13.9 percent, versus their 49 percent increase in full-year 2015.
The body stated that the social movements visible in central Paris, which were reported globally, “reinforce the feeling of fear and confusion of visitors in an environment that’s already anxiety-inducing, following the prolongation of the state of emergency,” the CRT Paris Ile-de-France stated.
In mid-May, the French parliament extended the country’s post-attacks state of emergency until the end of July in order to cover the Euro soccer tournament, which is set to take place in Paris and other French cities from June 10 to July 10, and the Tour de France cycling race, scheduled from July 2

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