A significant increase in the number of French tourists who chose the United Arab Emirates as their favourite destination was noted last year, according to the figures provided by the Federal Competitiveness and Statistic Centre.
The same sources show that despite the rapid spread of the Coronavirus and its new variants, tourism between France and UAE has experienced a notable surge in recent years, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
In addition, the figures show that last year, the number of tourists from France who visited the UAE rose by a total of 59 per cent, compared to 2020 figures, thus totaling 311 570.
The figures provided by the Federal Competitiveness and Statistic Centre reveal that the number of tourists from France who travelled to UAE for tourism purposes from 2015 to 2021 was 2,461.
According to a Zawya report, France has recently become among the top ten sources of tourists who visit the UAE.
The spread of the Coronavirus and its new variants led the governments of countries worldwide to impose strict entry rules and other preventive measures in order to protect the citizens’ lives. However, such restrictions have profoundly affected the travel and tourism sector in countries worldwide.
But now, many countries have removed most of the travel restrictions, thus facilitating the travel process for all people who plan to visit other countries.
Recently, it has been reported that another favourite destination for French travellers is also Greece. Such an announcement was made by Greece’s Tourism Minister, Vassilis Kikilias.
In addition, Greece’s Tourism Minister stressed that Greece holds the first position in Europe regarding tourist arrivals from travellers from France, Israel, Serbia, and Romania.
“Our two main goals, the extension of the tourist season and the attraction of travellers who spend large sums of money on their holidays, are achieved,” he stressed.
At the same time, France has also marked a notable improvement in the number of international travellers. Besides, a recent report published by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) showed that the country’s travel and tourism sector could surpass pre-pandemic levels next year.
Based on the data provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO), France has registered a total of 32,042,643 cases of COVID-19 infection and 147,171 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Due to the recent increase in the number of COVID-19 infections, authorities in France recommended their citizens to wear face masks again when accessing indoor public spaces.