The Paris Region, the world’s leading tourist destination
France welcomes around 80 million international visitors every year. With 32.1 million arrivals and 66.2 million overnight hotel stays in 2008, the region is well ahead of other French regions in terms of hosting tourists and retains its status as the world’s leading tourist destination.
A unique accommodation capacity
The tourism sector in Paris Region is continuing to grow. The very significant activity in the hotel and accommodation sector, which continues to increase, confirms the growing attractiveness and strong potential of the region.
2,341 hotels and 148,530 rooms in Ile de France, representing respectively 13.6% and 24.9% of the French hotel network.
The rich cultural heritage of the “City of Light”
The cultural heritage is one of the major assets of the region. Its great variety, including museums and monuments, contemporary art and design or fashion, means it reaches a very diverse audience.
With nearly 250 exhibition centres, most of which are of international standard, the Paris Region permanent collections on offer cover all eras. Completely revamped historical exhibition sites allow a radically new approach to the works of art, as at the Grand Palais.
The outstanding architectural heritage is underlined by the classification of 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites: the Palace of Versailles, the banks of the Seine in Paris, the medieval town of Provins, and the park and the château at Fontainebleau.
But the cultural heritage on offer is much more extensive and goes beyond the traditional museums and monuments. Renowned for its cabarets, some of which go back over a hundred years, the Paris Region is also rich in modern recreational venues and hosts Disneyland Paris, the only Disney park in Europe.
Paris Region is an outstanding tourist destination, and offers a programme of top-class cultural and festive events which bear witness to its constantly evolving vitality and creativity. Temporary exhibitions are unique opportunities to see rarely exhibited masterpieces displayed in exemplary fashion. The region also hosts a rich programme of shows and festivals with its large number of theatres, of which the most famous are Le Châtelet and the Théâtre des Champs Elysées; in addition there are three operas: Garnier, Bastille and l’Opéra-comique, not to mention the Cirque d’Hiver. Artists with a wide repertoire of styles, from the most classical to the most leading-edge, perform in these venues.