Tourist accommodation in 2013 – A return of foreign customers confirmed
In 2013, in Metropolitan France, stays in all collective tourist accommodation rose again slightly (+ 0.7%) after stagnating in 2012. They progressed in campsites, and also in hotel and tourist residences, but slipped back in hotels. As in 2012, the rise in foreign customers (+ 4.8%) offset the fall in French clients (- 1.2%). The rise in stays by foreign visitors was driven primarily by Asian and American clients and, to a lesser extent, by clients from Europe; non-European clients now represent 33% of overnight stays in hotels, against 27% in 2010. The increase among foreign clients was also more pronounced in coastal zones and urban areas. Taking all types of accommodation together, the average length of stays fell (- 0.7%) for French and foreign tourists alike. Finally, clients continue to prefer classified establishments (hotels and campsites) over unclassified ones.