Paris hotel occupancy rates halve as tourists abandon France in wake of terrorist attacks

Foreign tourists are shunning France in the wake of terrorist attacks amid concerns over security, with hotel occupancy rates in the capital halved compared to last year.

The industry, crucial to the French economy, has slumped since 130 people were killed in Paris in November. Visitor numbers have dwindled further since the massacre of 85 people in Nice last month. In response, the government has launched a plan to promote France as a a safe destination among tour operators and travel journalists

Patrols of tourist sites and beaches by armed soldiers and police have failed to reassure travellers and many foreigners are avoiding Disneyland Paris.

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