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Travel and Tourism in France to 2017

France tourism market: Over 83% of inbound trips from Europe in 2012

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2014-02-11 06:09:01 - Travel and Tourism in France to 2017 - a new market research report on

The domestic sector of the France tourism market plays a vital role in France´s economy. In 2012, France registered 200.4 million domestic trips, while the volume of outbound trips measured 25.9 million. Domestic trip flows are high compared to inbound trip volumes. Key festivals include Easter, Christmas and New Year, periods when many French citizens return to their hometowns to visit family and friends.

The average expenditure per domestic tourist decreased from EUR2,403 (US$352.0) in 2008 to EUR232.5 (US$299.0) in 2012. Over the forecast period, the average expenditure is expected to reach EUR248.4 (US$319.5) by 2017, at a projected CAGR of 1.33%. Improved consumer confidence and an increase in mean household income will support this trend.

The European region accounted for 83.1%



of French inbound trips in 2012. Over the forecast period, the region is anticipated to account for eight of every 10 foreign tourist arrivals. In 2012, 42.14% of inbound trips were from Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Spain. Leisure trips accounted for 71.8% of the total, and will continue to do so with a projected share of 70.9% in 2017. Business travel is expected to increase from 14.1% in 2012 to 15.3% in 2017.

French people have the highest annual leave entitlements in comparison to the other European nations. They are entitled to 25 annual paid days´ leave.

French air traffic volumes increased during the review period. Passengers carried by French and foreign airlines reached 136.0 million in 2012, expanding at a CAGR of 2.61% during the review period. Over the forecast period, the number of passengers is expected to increase at a CAGR of 2.77% to reach 155.9 million. The total revenue is also anticipated to increase from EUR26.1 billion (US$36.4 billion) in 2012 to EUR31.7 billion (US$44.1 billion) in 2017. The growth is in line with the increasing tourist volumes and air capacity.

The French hospitality industry´s total revenues declined at a CAGR of 0.92% during the review period, partly due to weak economic conditions and the prevailing European debt crisis. However, the industry is expected to recover over the forecast period with total revenues expected to increase at a CAGR of 2.04%, to reach EUR23.2 billion (US$29.6 billion) by 2017.

The French car rental market decreased in value from EUR2.8 billion (US$4.1 billion) in 2008 to EUR2.5 billion (US$3.3 billion) in 2012, at a CAGR of 2.37% during the review period. Over the forecast period, trip volumes are projected to increase at a CAGR of 1.36% to reach EUR2.7 billion (US$3.5 billion) by 2017. Market growth will be supported by a rise in domestic and business tourism, and advertising strategies adopted by car rental companies.

The French travel intermediaries industry value is anticipated to increase at a CAGR of 4.49% over the forecast period to reach EUR19.2 billion (US$24.7 billion) in 2017. This increase will be driven by a rise in discretionary spending, business trips and promotional activities by the French tourist board. The market share of online intermediaries is expected to grow in line with internet penetration rates. The online intermediaries market is expected to increase from representing an industry share of 47.5% in 2012 to 54.0% in 2017. Consequently, the in-store intermediaries market is anticipated to decline from an industry share of 52.5% to 46.0% in 2017.

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