Tourists are “going for cheap” in France, according to a new study by France’s National Research Centre for Tourism, Economy and Environment (CNTE).
“We can see the increasing trend of cheap tours,” said Catherine Kostrzewa, a CNTE member and a visiting researcher at the Paris School of Economics.
“The trend seems to be more than just cheap travel.”
The CNTE surveyed more than 300 French tourists in April and May and found that nearly all of them were willing to pay less than €50 for a single day.
“We don’t think tourists are going for cheap, but cheap tours are cheap,” Ms Kostra said.
“Tourism has been growing very fast in France in recent years, so we don’t know how much this is because we don´t know what the impact of tourism is on the economy.”
Ms Kontra said that despite this, tourists were going for “more expensive” travel because they did not want to feel too cheap.
“They want to go for more experience and experience with a larger group of people,” she said.
Travel in France is also becoming more competitive, with some tourists preferring to travel in less-expensive destinations.
“I think we have become less and less cheap, and the prices have gone up,” Ms Sibyl said.
Tourism in France has increased significantly in recent decades, with the number of tourists visiting the country doubling from 11 million in 1999 to 27 million in 2016.
However, the growth has been uneven, with many tourists choosing to stay in France’s “vacant” tourist areas, which are not accessible to the public.
The CNTES research suggests that France´s increasing popularity is partly due to its location on the French Riviera.
It found that, in 2016, a large proportion of French tourists had travelled to France via Europe, while only a small proportion had travelled abroad.
“It is very easy to get a visa to Europe,” Ms Luka said.
She said many French people had become accustomed to the French lifestyle and had become less reliant on the Riviera for the cost of living.
“Nowadays, French tourists are more like European tourists than they used to be,” Ms Mihailo said.
The number of French visitors to Spain also rose in 2016 from 11.4 million to 15.1 million, and some people have returned to France.
“A lot of French people have moved to Spain,” Ms Aigle said.
Many of these people were returning to France because they wanted to visit their family.
“In France, we had a huge number of students, and I think they are returning because they can afford to stay here,” Ms Ani said.
But the influx of foreign students also meant a loss of jobs for many French nationals.
“France has lost a lot of jobs because of the increase in the number and the quality of students coming here,” Mr Kostrua said.
Mr Mihaela said it was also important to note that the “French Riviera” had become a tourist hotspot.
“If you are a tourist from Europe and you stay in Paris, you get a lot more experience in France,” he said.
In France, the popularity of cheap travel is also reflected in the price of hotel rooms.
“Some of them, even though they are not as expensive as the luxury hotel in Barcelona, are still very expensive,” Ms Csiprian said.
Photo: APA travel agency said it had been contacted by several visitors who were willing only to book for one day, and they had only booked one night.
“When I have a chance to travel with a group, I usually book three days in advance,” Mr Miron said.