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Insee Focus · April 2023 · n° 297 Due to the health crisis, the share of tourism in France's GDP falls from 4.1% in 2019 to 3.0% in 2021

Mélanie Chassard (Insee)

In 2021, as in 2020, tourism GDP represented 3.0% of France's GDP. Before the Covid-19 health crisis, it amounted to 4.1% of GDP. The restriction of travel, the mandatory closures have strongly affected the activity of accommodation, transport, restaurants and beverage-serving services, as well as cultural, sports and leisure activities, which are characteristic of tourism. The decline in activity was sharper in tourism in 2020 than in the rest of the economy and was not offset by the recovery in 2021.

How do we measure the economic weight of tourism in France?

How do we measure the economic weight of tourism in France?

In 2021, tourism contributed 3.0% of the wealth created by the French economy, i.e. 75.7 billion euros. This was more than 4.0% before the health crisis. To measure this tourism direct gross domestic product (TDGDP), Insee applies the concepts and methods recommended at the international level. The calculation consists of evaluating the value added by tourism in each of the sectors of activity. It first involves distinguishing between tourism expenditure and non-tourism expenditure. Then intermediate consumption and imports of goods and services must be subtracted. The resident visitor contributes more to the tourism GDP than the non-resident visitor coming from abroad, before and during the health crisis.

What does tourism represent in the French economy? How does its weight compare with other countries? How does it evolve from year to year? In order to answer these questions and thus provide reliable data to all tourism stakeholders and, more broadly, to citizens who are interested in the subject, Insee has developed a tourism satellite account . This is based on the system of national accounts.

Tourism represents 3.0% of GDP in 2021

Until now, Insee has only measured tourism consumption, which allowed for an understanding of what tourism represents in the French economy, but was not sufficient to evaluate its share in total wealth creation. It is only since April 2023 that we have a measure of the French direct tourism gross domestic product (TDGDP), thanks to work carried out by Insee in line with internationally standardized concepts and methods.

As a result, in 2021 the creation of wealth associated with tourism, i.e. TDGDP, represents 3.0% of France’s total GDP [ Chassard M ., 2023]. The same method was used to measure the economic weight of tourism in 2020 and 2019. This was higher in 2019, before the health crisis that strongly affected tourism: 4.1% of total GDP. The value added attributable to tourism activities in France was estimated in 2017 at 4.4 percent of GDP, using a similar method by the Ministry of the Economy’s General Directorate of Enterprises [ Lomonaco , 2019]. While France is in the top three in terms of the number of tourists, these indicators place it in the middle of the European Union countries in terms of the share of tourism value added in total value added (4.5% for the whole of the Union in 2019). This illustrates a lower dependence of the economy on tourism in France than in other countries such as Croatia (11.8%), Portugal (8.1%), Spain (6.9%) or Italy (6.2%).

Not every activity is 100% tourism

But how does one arrive at the evaluation of this aggregate, the TDGDP? The first step is to isolate, in each sector of activity, the tourism expenditure, i.e. French or non-resident visitors (tourists and day-trippers), during or with a view to the trips they have made in France or from French territory (see diagram). For example, not all expenditure in restaurants and cafés is by tourists. In 2021, 20% of spending in restaurants was by tourists. As far as accommodation is concerned, 100% of spending in hotels and campsites is considered to be tourism spending ; to this is added 12% of spending on accommodation in the residential stock as a whole, corresponding mainly to second homes, giving a total of 16% of “accommodation” spending (hotels, campsites and residential stock) attributable to tourism. This tourism rate changes every year. In restaurants, it was higher before the health crisis: 24% in 2019. In each sector, it is evaluated with various statistical sources [ Chassard , 2023].

Diagram – Method of calculating the economic weight of tourism in 2021

how much of france's gdp is tourism

Tourism direct GDP accounts for half of tourism expenditure

Not everything that tourists spend can be equated with the wealth creation associated with tourism. For example, the price paid for a night in a hotel with breakfast is partly used to pay for the food that the hotel needs to serve breakfast, but also for cleaning products for the household, energy for heating, etc., which constitute intermediate consumption. These intermediate inputs must therefore be removed from the amount of tourism expenditure in order to measure the value added directly produced by the hotel.

In addition, some tourism expenditures are for goods and services that were not produced in France but were imported. These imports are much smaller than intermediate consumption, so the amount of these imports must also be removed to calculate value added. For example, a souvenir that a visitor buys during his or her stay in France may have been manufactured abroad, and only the difference between its selling price and its import price counts in the value added.

In total, the TDGDP corresponds to the sum of the value added directly linked to tourism in each sector of activity, i.e. tourism expenditure minus intermediate consumption and imports, plus taxes and minus subsidies. In 2021, tourism expenditure, also known as “domestic tourist consumption”, is estimated at 140 billion euros. If we remove intermediate consumption and imports of goods and services, we end up with the TDGDP of tourism, estimated at 75.7 billion euros.

If we take the example of the restaurant industry, this sector will create 32.9 billion euros of added value in 2021. Considering that 20% of the restaurant business is tourism in that year, the tourism direct gross value added for restaurants and cafés is thus 6.7 billion euros.

Domestic customers has generated three quarters of the tourism GDP in 2021

How much of TDGDP is generated by domestic customers, i.e., resident tourists who consume in France, and how much by non-resident tourists, who come from abroad? Non-resident tourists spend more than resident tourists, for example in the restaurant business. But since there are far fewer of them, tourist spending depends mostly on resident customers: in 2021, they will contribute 72% of tourist spending. This was 64% in 2019, as foreign customers were partially absent due to the health crisis in 2021. The domestic clientele thus generates the bulk of the TDGDP.

Two reference guides to evaluate the economic weight of tourism

To ensure that the data are comparable between countries and over time, Insee applies methods that conform to international recommendations. In the 1990s, several countries used economic variables from their national accounts to try to estimate the economic weight of tourism. This work has been progressively taken up and synthesized by international organizations (UNWTO, OECD, European Union), resulting in two reference guides: one specifying the concepts and scope of tourism (IRTS) and another defining a tourism satellite account (TSA-RMF). The concepts and methods of economic measurement of tourism have thus been stabilized at the international level since 2008. ■

Additionnal information

  • Chassard M., 2023, “ Méthode d’élaboration du compte satellite du tourisme “, Document de travail Insee , April
  • Chassard M., 2023, “ Avec la crise sanitaire, la part du tourisme dans le PIB de la France tombe de 4,1 % en 2019 à 3,0 % en 2021 “, Insee Focus no. 297, April
  • Chassard M., Mainguené A., 2022, “ La consommation touristique en France chute d’un tiers entre 2019 et 2020 “, Insee Focus no. 262, February
  • Lomonaco J-C., 2019, “ La croissance de la consommation touristique en France se confirme en 2018 “, 4 pages de la DGE no. 91, December
  • Nations Unies, “ Compte satellite du tourisme : recommandations concernant le cadre conceptuel 2008 “.

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Visitors to France are set to spend a record sum in the country this year, the latest sign that international travel is booming despite the global cost of living squeeze.

The French tourism ministry on Tuesday projected expenditure by overseas tourists would reach €64bn-€67bn in 2023 after a strong summer season, a much-needed boost for an industry that was hard hit by the pandemic.

The number of international arrivals is yet to top the 90mn attained in 2019, before Covid-19 restrictions disrupted travel. Even so, the forecast expenditure would be the highest on record — surpassing the €58bn reached last year, when revenues had already rebounded back above pre-pandemic levels.

Tourism minister Olivia Grégoire said the peak of the season in France , the world’s most visited country, had been “very good”.

Tourism is big business in France, where the industry employed more than 2mn people and generated 8 per cent of gross domestic product last year.

Expenditure by overseas visitors has benefited businesses across the country. In Paris, hotel occupancy hit 91 per cent in June, according to the national statistics office Insee — an increase of 3 percentage points on a year earlier.

French hotel group Accor, which operates internationally but derives a substantial proportion of its revenues domestically, meanwhile forecast an increase in annual profits of about 40 per cent.

The rebound is welcome for the industry as it tries to recover from the pandemic: Insee figures show international tourism revenues halved in 2020.

For how long the recovery can persist is an open question , particularly as inflationary pressures squeeze holidaymakers’ budgets.

Still, late-season bookings in September and October should further boost the industry, Grégoire said.

Upcoming sporting events including the Rugby World Cup next month and the 2024 Paris Olympic Games are expected to give another boost.

Accommodation prices for the Île-de-France region around Paris will increase 85 per cent during the Olympics as 11mn tourists are expected to descend on the city, according to a study by Deloitte commissioned by rentals platform Airbnb.

Prices are already rising in anticipation. Property owners are expected to earn a collective €257mn from rentals during the games.

Visitor numbers from the US rose more than a fifth this summer compared with a year earlier, while those from Asia jumped 119 per cent, including substantial increases from India, Korea and Japan.

Grégoire said visitor numbers from China, where zero-Covid restrictions reduced flights at the end of last year, were “still lagging behind” but had recovered since the start of the summer.

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Tourism: 2023, a record year for France

Before 2024, a year that may be exceptional, 2023 may be a record year for France in terms of tourism attractiveness! Atout France has published a trend keynote explaining that in late November, revenues of international tourism in France reached about 59 billion euros (+12% compared with 2019). The year 2023 may be a record year, with an overall total of 63 billion euros in international revenues. This trend may be due to several factors: a sharp growth of clients from North America, a confirmed pick-up for European clients, a positive impact of the Rugby World Cup and a gradual comeback from Asian markets.

The keynote was released during the second Destination France summit held on 12 January in the Chantilly palace. French president Macron presided the event, and seized the opportunity to remind “ the strategic nature of tourism industry for France ”, which welcomed millions of international travellers in 2023 .

Tourism, a strategic sector of French economy

President Macron welcomed about 200 business leader and decisionmakers from the biggest international and French groups in tourism industry during the second Destination France summit. As the government website explains, the Summit was held “ in the light of an exceptional year for French tourism and the soft power of our country ”, a year that will be marked by several highlights: the commemoration of the Normandy landing, the reopening of the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Francophonie Summit planned in autumn.

The Summit was indeed the perfect opportunity to present “ the assets of France for investments in terms of tourism and the economic rearmament and attractiveness policy ”. The idea is to maintain “ France in the first place in terms of tourism destination worldwide ” and keep “ the first place in terms of attraction of foreign investments in Europe ”, while having the ambition of “ becoming the first sustainable nation in the world ”. And the government website reminds that tourism industry is a strategic sector of the industry reaching about 2 million jobs in France (across all job denomination) and represents about 7.5% of French GDP .

Growth trend

While waiting for 2024, which may well be an exceptional year , the previous year was just as buoyant. In detail, the account of the balance of payments in tourism industry reached a record 16.5 billion euros in late November . In total, out of the first 11 months of 2023, 58.9 billion euros in international revenue were recorded, i.e. 9% more than in 2022 and 3% compared with 2019 (the year before the health crisis). Such figures show the growth of European clients and the comeback of Asian clients :

  • for “neighbour” Europe: +37% for the Belgians, +21% for the Dutch, +20% for the British;
  • for the Asian area: +36% for Japan, +20% for China.

Regarding the international air traffic , in spite of a slight decline, North America (Canada and Mexico in particular) and destinations from Asia present a strong growth compared with 2019 and 2022. As such, bookings made in December confirm the “growth trend” mostly for Japan and Canada, but also Spain and Italy.

Key sector in terms of employment

In economic terms and in the accommodation and catering, the tourism industry records an overall +7% increase of the number of business creations compared with 2022 and +4% compared with 2019 .

With a total 38,700 jobs created over one year , the tourism industry “is again the first recruiting industry in France”, says the keynote And more precisely, in the 3rd quarter of 2023, the accommodation and catering sector recorded 1.3 million employees in the private sector , a +1.3% increase compared with 2022 and a +12% increase compared with 2019. Some 15,000 jobs were created in the 3rd quarter of 2023, while the average salary increased by 3.5% compared with 2022, i.e. an 8 billion euros total payroll .

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Destination France: The recovery and transformation plan for tourism

“Consolidate France’s position as the number one tourist destination in the world.” This is the goal set by the President of the French Republic at the first Destination France Summit on 4 November 2021.

France has been the world’s leading tourist destination for more than 30 years. In 2019, 90 million international tourists visited France to discover our rich natural and architectural heritage and to enjoy our world-renowned hospitality and way of life. In France, tourism accounts for 8% of GDP. This is thanks to the millions of people, passionate about their jobs and their country, who uphold its excellent reputation day after day.

During a trip to Amboise in the department of Indre-et-Loire, French Prime Minister Jean Castex – accompanied by the Minister of State for Tourism, French Nationals Abroad and Francophonie, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne – presented the goals set out in the Destination France plan.

Announced on 2 June 2021 by the President of the French Republic, this plan aims to set a trajectory of 10 years for the tourism sector to bounce back after being hit particularly hard by the public health crisis. The plan will consolidate France’s stable position as the world’s number one tourist destination.

“Today, we want this position to mean greater benefits for all stakeholders throughout our territories. Increasing the length of stays, making it easier to get around, becoming the world’s leading sustainable tourism destination and focusing on quality will be the essence of French tourism for the coming decade.” Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne

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S&P Global Ratings downgraded France, tarnishing President Emmanuel Macron’s record for debt management and plunging him deeper into political difficulties a week before European elections. 

In a statement on Friday, the credit assessor highlighted the French government’s missed goals in plans to restrain the budget deficit after huge spending during the Covid pandemic and energy crisis. 

S&P said that although reforms and a recovery in economic growth will improve the situation, the hole will remain above 3% of gross domestic product in 2027. 

The reduction to AA- from AA is a harsh blow to Macron, who has sought to foster a reputation as an  economic reformer  capable of addressing France’s challenges of low growth and high public spending. 

The timing is also problematic for his government as it seeks to lean on Macron’s economic record in the campaign for the June 9 European Parliament elections. Polls show his Renaissance group continues to trail far behind Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally.

Le Pen seized on the S&P decision to call on voters to sanction Macron at EU election. She also called other opposition lawmakers to support the latest no-confidence motion her party has proposed to bring down his government.

“The catastrophic management of public finances by governments that are as incompetent as they are arrogant has put our country in grave difficulties, with record taxes, deficits and debts,” she said in a message on X late Friday.

Reacting to S&P’s decision, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said the government remains determined in its strategy of targeting re-industrialization and full employment to get the deficit under 3% of GDP by 2027. 

According to the minister, the downgrade was driven by a sharp increase in debt when the government spent vast sums during the Covid pandemic to save businesses and protect households.

In its decision, S&P said that contrary to its previous expectations, it now sees France’s general government debt as a share of GDP increasing to about 112% of GDP by 2027 from about 109% in 2023.

“The main reason for this downgrade is that we saved the French economy,” Le Maire said in an interview with Le Parisien. “We would probably have been downgraded sooner if we hadn’t taken these decisions.”

The ratings cut puts France seven notches above junk on S&P’s scale, on a par with the Czech Republic and Estonia. The outlook on the rating is stable.

France has increasingly become a focal point in Europe for investors concerned about the long-term sustainability of vast government debt piles. The extra yield on 10-year bonds over German securities has already doubled from pre-Covid levels.

That premium inched higher to 48 basis points over the past week ahead of S&P’s decision. Mizuho International strategist Evelyne Gomez-Liechti said a downgrade would likely erase the spread tightening seen since April, when Moody’s Ratings and Fitch Ratings both  reiterated  their stance and outlooks on France.

The European Union’s second-biggest economy faces a mounting challenge to contain debt after  last year’s deficit  came in much wider than initially planned amid weak growth and disappointing tax revenues.

The Finance Ministry initially  responded  to the deterioration by pledging additional spending cuts this year. But that belt-tightening was insufficient to avoid having to pare back  longer-term pledges to fill budget holes.

France’s own High Council of Public Finance has said those revised fiscal plans now lack  credibility and coherency  as they require unprecedented cuts that would hurt economic output.

Other political parties besides Le Pen’s National Rally have used the debt difficulties to attack Macron’s government in recent weeks, with the far-left also proposing a separate no-confidence vote for debate at the National Assembly on Monday. 

So far, however, the center-right Républicains party, which would be pivotal in a successful no-confidence vote, has refused to coalesce with other groups to bring down the government and is unlikely to on Monday. But it remains a vocal critique of the government’s fiscal policy.

“France is sanctioned for its errors and budgetary inconsistencies,” Eric Ciotti, head of Républicains said in a message on X.  “This is where the pitiful management of public finances of the Macron-Le Maire duo leads us.”

Despite the opposition, Macron’s government has tried to advance his economic agenda in recent weeks, presenting bills on cutting  bureaucracy  and announcing further changes to jobless  benefits it says will boost employment and save money.

Still, S&P said the agenda will continue to face strong opposition, both from parliament, where the government has no absolute majority, and from protests, like those seen against pension reform in 2023.

“Political fragmentation will likely make the continued implementation of policies to address economic and budgetary imbalances somewhat uncertain,” S&P said.

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  • Share of the GDP of the tourism sector in France 2014-2028

Share of the GDP of the tourism sector in France from 2014 to 2028

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Statistics on " Coastal tourism in France "

  • Number of international tourist arrivals in France 2014-2029
  • Overnight stays recorded in hotels in France monthly 2019-2020
  • Monthly overnight stays in hotels in France 2019-2023, by guest type
  • International tourism receipts per capita in France 2001-2029
  • Expenditure per capita on international tourism in France 2001-2029
  • Monthly revenue evolution of the hospitality industry in France 2019-2020
  • Monthly revenue evolution of the restaurant industry in France 2019-2020
  • Number of overnight stays on French coasts summer 2019
  • Change in domestic and international overnight stays on French coasts in summer 2019
  • Change in the overnight stays spent in hotels on the French coasts summer 2019-2020
  • Change in the hotel overnight stays on the French coasts summer 2019-2020, by region
  • Number of overnight stays on French coasts during the 2018-2019 winter season
  • Number of overnight stays on French coasts winter 2018-2019, by region
  • Number of overnight stays on French coasts during winter 2018-2019, by month
  • Leading coastal towns with second homes France 2020
  • Share of secondary homes in France 2015, by region
  • Tourist accommodation establishments in French coastal regions 2022
  • Hotel establishments in French coastal regions 2022
  • Campgrounds in French coastal regions 2022
  • Tourist residences in French coastal regions 2022
  • Vacation villages and family vacation homes in French coastal regions 2022
  • Leading French beach resorts 2018
  • Most expensive French beach resorts for one-week apartment rental during summer 2020
  • Cheapest beach resorts for a one-week apartment rental in France during summer 2020
  • Most expensive French beach resorts for one-week vacation home rental in summer 2020
  • Cheapest beach resorts for one-week vacation home rental in France during summer 2020
  • Coastal towns under 10,000 inhabitants the most searched on internet France 2021
  • Breakdown of the coastal water quality in France 2016-2021
  • Sea bathing water quality in France 2018, by region
  • Most expensive French beaches France 2018, by the average price for a day
  • Most expensive French beaches 2018, by setup costs
  • Most expensive French beaches 2018, by lunch price
  • Boat licenses issued to navigate at sea France 2020
  • Number of recreational boats registered in French maritime waters 2021, by type
  • Number of recreational boats registered in French maritime waters 2022, by length
  • Share of people who planned to go boating during summer in France 2019, by age
  • Berths in French maritime ports 2018, by maritime area
  • Maritime ports in France in 2018, by maritime area
  • Vessels using berths in French maritime ports 2018, by type of activities
  • Number of licenses released by the Sailing Federation in France 2015-2019
  • Clubs of the Sailing Federation in France 2020, by region
  • Number of new and used sailboats sold in France 2017-2019
  • Number of licenses released by the Surfing Federation in France 2016-2019
  • Distribution of surfers by type of practice in France 2020
  • Surf clubs affiliated to the surfing federation in France 2020, by region
  • Number of licenses released by the Diving Federation in France 2015-2019

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Tourism industry in France

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Overnight stays

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  • Premium Statistic Change in the hotel overnight stays on the French coasts summer 2019-2020, by region
  • Premium Statistic Number of overnight stays on French coasts during the 2018-2019 winter season
  • Premium Statistic Number of overnight stays on French coasts winter 2018-2019, by region
  • Premium Statistic Number of overnight stays on French coasts during winter 2018-2019, by month

Accommodation

  • Premium Statistic Leading coastal towns with second homes France 2020
  • Basic Statistic Number of second homes in France 2015, by region
  • Basic Statistic Share of secondary homes in France 2015, by region
  • Premium Statistic Tourist accommodation establishments in French coastal regions 2022
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Seaside resorts

  • Premium Statistic Leading French beach resorts 2018
  • Premium Statistic Most expensive French beach resorts for one-week apartment rental during summer 2020
  • Premium Statistic Cheapest beach resorts for a one-week apartment rental in France during summer 2020
  • Premium Statistic Most expensive French beach resorts for one-week vacation home rental in summer 2020
  • Premium Statistic Cheapest beach resorts for one-week vacation home rental in France during summer 2020
  • Premium Statistic Coastal towns under 10,000 inhabitants the most searched on internet France 2021
  • Premium Statistic Number of Blue Flag beaches in France 2022, by region
  • Premium Statistic Breakdown of the coastal water quality in France 2016-2021
  • Premium Statistic Sea bathing water quality in France 2018, by region
  • Premium Statistic Most expensive French beaches France 2018, by the average price for a day
  • Premium Statistic Most expensive French beaches 2018, by setup costs
  • Premium Statistic Most expensive French beaches 2018, by lunch price

Recreational boating

  • Premium Statistic Boat licenses issued to navigate at sea France 2020
  • Basic Statistic Recreational boats registered in French maritime waters 2020, by region
  • Basic Statistic Number of recreational boats registered in French maritime waters 2021, by type
  • Premium Statistic Number of recreational boats registered in French maritime waters 2022, by length
  • Premium Statistic Share of people who planned to go boating during summer in France 2019, by age
  • Premium Statistic Berths in French maritime ports 2018, by maritime area
  • Premium Statistic Maritime ports in France in 2018, by maritime area
  • Premium Statistic Vessels using berths in French maritime ports 2018, by type of activities

Other water sports activities: sailing, surfing, diving

  • Premium Statistic Number of licenses released by the Sailing Federation in France 2015-2019
  • Premium Statistic Clubs of the Sailing Federation in France 2020, by region
  • Premium Statistic Number of new and used sailboats sold in France 2017-2019
  • Premium Statistic Number of licenses released by the Surfing Federation in France 2016-2019
  • Premium Statistic Distribution of surfers by type of practice in France 2020
  • Basic Statistic Surf clubs affiliated to the surfing federation in France 2020, by region
  • Premium Statistic Number of licenses released by the Diving Federation in France 2015-2019

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