Last updated: October 19, 2022, by Grant Thomas 

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Note: The latest statistics and travel data available about France are for 2021. We will update this page as soon as the 2022 Schengen Visa and tourism statistics on France are available.     

Highlights: Latest France Tourism Statistics & Trends 

Tourism recovering in France, but not back to pre-pandemic levels

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak dramatically affected the tourism sector in France, with the contribution of the travel and tourism sector falling to just 108 billion euros from 211 billion euros in 2019. 

With the gradual lifting of travel restrictions in 2021, a rise in the number of nights spent by residents has provided some relief to the country. 

According to the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE), the recovery of the tourism sector was more significant on the coast and in the mountains than in large urban zones.  

However, the numbers achieved in 2021 were not enough to reach the pre-pandemic 2019 levels. 

This is because the return to non-resident visitors remained flat in 2021, especially in the Île-de-France region where arrivals of non-residents were at 21% of their summer pre-pandemic levels. 

In addition, employment remained stagnant in 2021, after suffering a loss of nearly 200,000 jobs due to restrictions on travel and daily life.  

International Arrivals in Metropolitan France in October 2021 Compared with October 2019 (%)

France: Latest Schengen Visa Applications and Tourism Trends

France’s Schengen Visa approval rate from 2015 to 2021

Countries that submitted the highest number of Schengen Visa applications for France from 2015 to 2021

Contribution of travel and tourism to GDP in France from 2015 to 2021

Top 5 countries that submitted the highest number of Schengen Visa applications for France in 2021

Approval rates for the countries that submitted the highest number of Schengen Visa applications for France in 2021

Top 5 third countries that had the highest rejection rates for the Schengen Visa for France in 2021

Total overnight stays in hotels in France from 2015 to 2021

Total number of arrivals in hotels in France from 2015 to 2021

Total overnight stays in 1 and 2-star hotels in France from 2015 to 2021

Total overnight stays in 3-star hotels in France from 2015 to 2021

Total overnight stays in 4 and 5-star hotels in France from 2015 to 2021

Sources:  

European Commission – Statistics on short-stay visas issued by the Schengen States 

EUROSTAT – Tourism Statistics 

INSEE – National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies   

Atout France – Note de conjoncture de l’économie touristique