The year 2007 was an excellent one for Paris. The majority of indicators showed rises. With some 1,470 hotels and 76,200 rooms, the capital has one of the greatest hotel capacities in the world. It offers constantly renovated and varied hotel accommodation, which satisfies all types of clientele — notably business visitors and the new nationalities.
In Paris, there is currently a levelling out of tourist seasons. In summer, the leisure clientele makes up for the lower numbers in business clientele. While the months of January and February still attract the lowest numbers of visitors, the figures are higher than those of previous years. Moreover, Paris remains highly competitive regarding hotel prices: it is one of the cheapest cities in the budget segment. International transport is developing, reducing the time of travel between the capital and its European neighbours, while the city itself is encouraging non-motorized forms of transport. Solutions all of which are of benefit to Parisians, encourage sustainable development and attract visitors.
Nevertheless, let us remember that tourism activity is cyclical. A close look at these excellent results for 2007 reveals certain seeds of a slowdown that could become apparent in 2008. The drop in North American arrivals and business travel numbers, and a less-favourable world economic climate with a strong euro and a weak dollar and yen: these indicators are cause for prudence.