Tourist spending in France - Half was in Ile-de-France, Provence - Alpes - Côte d'Azur and Rhône-Alpes
In 2011, French and international tourists spent €141 billion in Metropolitan France for leisure or business purposes. With their natural and cultural heritage and appropriate infrastructure, the Ile-de-France, Provence - Alpes - Côte d'Azur and Rhône-Alpes received half of this expenditure.Between 2005 and 2011, tourism consumption increased by 17%, an increase ranging from 4% in Champagne-Ardenne to 24% in Corsica. The consumption pattern varied depending on the region: significant spending on air transport in Ile-de-France, where a large number of foreign tourists arrive, more on accommodation in Rhône-Alpes and Alsace and a greater amount on fuel and road tolls in the regions through which tourists passed. Tourism played a particularly important role in the economies of the Southeast regions: tourist consumption represented 31% of the gross domestic product of Corsica, and 13% in PACA and Languedoc-Roussillon.