Paris axes Big Wheel

November 24, 2017 by  
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PARIS, 24 November 2017: Paris councillors on Wednesday voted to axe the city’s prominent riverside Ferris wheel, the French capital’s version of the London Eye.

Run by “fairground king” Marcel Campion who has also seen his Christmas market on the Champs-Elysees scrapped because authorities deemed it too tacky, the attraction will be closed from July 2018.

City councillors voted almost unanimously against granting him a fresh licence for the “Grande Roue”, which has sat intermittently on the Place de la Concorde near the Louvre museum since 1993. Read more

Chinese tourist robbed as they shop

November 14, 2017 by  
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PARIS,  14 November 2017: Leon Chen looks frazzled as he shepherds a group of Chinese tourists through the Galeries Lafayette department store in Paris, past stands stacked with luxury bags, perfume, jewellery and caviar.

As a guide, he knows all too well that cash-flush visitors lugging bags of valuables are easy prey for muggers and pickpockets.

“It’s happened many times. The last two groups I had were robbed in this store,” he said, recounting how unseen predators made off with bags momentarily left on the floor by their owners. Read more

Good vintage air show

June 27, 2017 by  
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LE BOUGET, FRANCE, 27 June 2017: This year’s Paris Air Show at Le Bourget has proved a “good vintage” with orders up 13% though fewer visitors showed up, organisers said as the event wound down Sunday.

Tight security owing to an ongoing state of emergency in the wake of several terror attacks in France in the past 18 months saw the number of visitors slide compared with the last edition two years ago — the event alternates with Farnborough in England.

But orders rose to USD150 billion (134 billion euros) compared with the USD130 billion the industry put in its order books two years ago, with giants Boeing and Airbus between them taking the lion’s share with USD114 billion — USD74.8 billion and USD39.7 billion respectively. Read more

State of emergency in Paris

April 21, 2017 by  
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PARIS, 21 April 2017: A known terror suspect gunned down a police officer and wounded two others, Thursday, on Paris’s Champs Elysees in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group days before France’s presidential election.

The shooter opened fire with an automatic weapon on a police car on the world-famous boulevard at around 9:00 pm (1900 GMT), prompting tourists and visitors to run for their lives.

After killing the officer and injuring his colleagues, the gunman was shot dead in return fire while trying to flee on foot, police sources told AFP. Read more

Terror slows Paris tourism

February 22, 2017 by  
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PARIS, 23 February 2017: Paris saw a drop of 1.5 million tourists in 2016 as fears linked to terror attacks scared off visitors, especially from China and Japan, figures showed Tuesday.

However, tourist numbers picked up towards the end of the year, suggesting the slump could be easing, regional tourism authority CRT said.

The number of international visitors to the French capital fell almost 9% in 2016, with numbers from Japan plummeting more than 40% and Chinese visitors down by more than 20%. Read more

Terror menaces Paris

February 7, 2017 by  
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PARIS, 7 February 2017: Tourism is likely to suffer following the thwarted attack near the Louvre museum last Friday.

Visitors to the famous museum dropped 2 million over the last two years, mainly attributed to terror attacks.

The latest attack will further tarnish the reputation of Paris. Read more

Sunday shopping to save tourism

January 10, 2017 by  
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PARIS, 10 January 2017: Good news for tourists, Sunday shopping at Paris’s prestigious department stores will soon become a reality.

Officials believe the move to free up Sunday shopping should counter a drop in visits following terror attacks that scared away foreign visitors to the world’s fashion capital.

President Francois Hollande’s Socialist government has chipped away at France’s laws preventing shops opening on Sunday. Read more

Strike closes Eiffel Tower

December 15, 2016 by  
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PARIS, 15 December 2016: Striking workers kept the Eiffel Tower shut for a second day, Wednesday, in protest over an upcoming paint job at the famous Paris landmark which they say risks damaging their health.

“The tower is closed until further notice,” the militant CGT union told AFP, saying that workers had voted to continue their protest after being refused a meeting with management on Tuesday.

The tower’s operator SETE confirmed it would remain closed Wednesday and apologised to visitors. Read more

Thieves teargas Chinese tourists

August 3, 2016 by  
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PARIS, 3 August 2016: Around six assailants sprayed teargas on Chinese tourists outside a hotel near Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport on Tuesday and made off with their luggage, police and rescue services said.

Two tourists and an interpreter were slightly injured and taken to hospital, rescue workers said.

The attack occurred around 0800 (0600 GMT) as the tourists were loading their luggage onto a tour bus, police told AFP. Read more

Paris tourism suffers a dip

May 31, 2016 by  
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PARIS, 31 May 2016: Already suffering from the impact of last year’s jihadist attacks, tourism in Paris faces a fresh challenge from the recent wave of violent strikes and protests, tourism bosses warned Monday.

Hotel bookings by Japanese visitors were down 56% in the first quarter of the year compared to the same period in 2015, while Russians were down by 35%, the city’s tourist board said.

Chinese tourists had been a major driver of growth last year — reaching a new record of 1.2 million — but their numbers had also dropped by 13.9%. Read more

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