With 50 million visitors in 2018, Paris is the tourist’s favorite destination. Its appeal is largely due to a high number of major cultural sites and monuments, including the Eiffel Tower, the Sacré-Coeur Basilica, the Champs-Élysées, the Panthéon, the city’s many museums and the banks of the Seine River, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1961 . Since 2016, the City of Paris has implemented a tourism plan to reinforce its position and provide visitors with a high-quality experience.
Paris is investing significant resources to consolidate its tourist assets. Through the renewal of museum and cultural heritage, substantial support is given to culture, creation, gastronomy and crafts, enhanced by international and seasonal events organised all year round, such as the Nuit Blanche contemporary art festival in October.
Paris wishes to increase the visibility of emerging sectors that are drivers of a vibrant tourism: nightlife, LGBT-friendly tourism and major events.
The development of the riverbanks, the creation of urban promenades and the enhancement of several districts of Paris offer new circuits for an unexpected and unconventional Paris.
Paris, a friendly city, cares for all its visitors – before, during and after their visit – and thus has reinforced its policy in terms of accessibility, safety, cleanliness and comfort for all. The city supports training and employment policy in hotel and restaurant sectors. As a result of the health crisis, Paris is undergoing some changes, especially by extending the terraces of cafés and restaurants – the very soul of the city.
Paris is also standing up for sustainable tourism by promoting social business. The city supports sustainable development initiatives and prioritises environmentally friendly and sustainable mobility projects through public transportation and the development of an ambitious soft mobility plan, which includes an additional 50 kilometres of bike lanes.
The Paris Convention and tourist information centre, a unique and essential public tourism operator in Paris, brings together all stakeholders, pooling their resources to enhance, among other things, the conditions for visiting tourist sites.