Riviera earns its reputation as a global destination

Provence & Côte d’Azur: Tourism in the Riviera represents one per cent of all global tourism

It has been yet another excellent year for tourism on the Côte d’Azur with upwards of 11 million visitors to its shores. Putting a global spin on the figures is the fact that the region has claimed one per cent of all international tourism worldwide and almost 10 per cent of France’s total number of visitors.

Foreigners made up half of the vacationing population, with Italians (19 per cent), the British and Irish (18 per cent), Americans (eight per cent), Scandinavians (seven per cent) and Russians (six per cent) dominating hotels and holiday establishments.

Over half of all tourists travelled to the Riviera by car and 27 per cent arrived in its airports. This latter statistic has cemented the Nice Côte d’Azur Airport’s status as France’s second airline travel hub and Europe’s third business aviation point of call.

Proving that it has earned its place among favourite international destinations, almost three quarters of visitors had already stayed in the Riviera before and more than nine out of 10 said that they were “very satisfied” with their holiday in the south of France.

Spending by tourists topped the five billion euro mark in 2013. Over 60 per cent of all spending was done by foreigners – the equivalent of 90 euros per day – while business clients demonstrated their spending power with an average daily outgoing of 163 euros.

In 2013, tourism provided an estimated 75,000 jobs, of which just 17.5 per cent were seasonal positions. The industry is the region’s leading sector and represents 16 per cent of total employment.

Source/Credit: Elsa Carpenter for The Riviera Times Online

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6 thoughts on “Riviera earns its reputation as a global destination

  1. colormusing says:

    Visitors love the Riviera (and come back), lots of tourism euros, creation of jobs– is there a French equivalent for “win-win”? Sounds like everyone’s happy!

  2. Thanks – it is a great place and definitely a tourism “gagnant-gagnant” situation!

  3. john says:

    glad to have contributed , thanks to both of you!

  4. Christiane Lloyd says:

    Was ich sagen wollte das man die Touristen hier in Falicon garnicht bemerkt. Auch gehen wir selten im Sommer in die Stadt. Hier ist es sowieso schner in der Hitze. ;))))

    Christiane Lloyd rainbow2chris@gmail.com

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