THE NIGHTMARE OF PARIS: Tourists Flee As Crime and Terror Increase

If anyone tells you that there is nothing to fear while traveling, they are lying to you. Paris, once the “city of love,” has turned into an undesirable and unsafe place to go. It has become so bad that the Chinese government has issued travel advisories urging their citizens to not visit Paris over safety concerns.

“For a number of Chinese tourists, the dream of visiting France and Paris has turned into a nightmare. [Chinese tourists] are robbed in the palace of Versailles, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, in front of their hotel, as they leave the coaches … In high season, not a day goes by without tourists being assaulted,” said Jean-François Zhou, President of the Chinese Association of Travel Agencies in France.

Paris has also seen a decrease in tourism. And we aren’t surprised. Last year Islamic terror attacks killed more than 200 people in France.

Tourists from China are avoiding France amid surging violence and crime, a Chinese tourism expert has said, reporting that customers are turning to Russia as a safer destination.

President of the Chinese Association of Travel Agencies in France, Jean-François Zhou, said “increasingly violent” thefts and assaults are turning France into “one of the worst destinations for foreign tourists”.

Mr. Zhou, a representative for major Chinese travel agency Utour in France, reported a steep decline in visitor numbers from Asia, and said many tourists are now looking to Russia as a less dangerous holiday destination.

“In 2016, there were 1.6 million Chinese tourists compared to 2.2 million in 2015. The  number of Japanese tourists dropped 39 per cent, and Koreans 27 per cent. Our tourists have turned to Russia, which is less attractive but at least it is a safe country. For Putin, it is an economic windfall”, he told Le Parisien.

Rising violence and aggression account for the drop, according to Mr. Zhou, who said: “For a number of Chinese tourists, the dream of visiting France and Paris has turned into a nightmare.

“[Chinese tourists] are robbed in the palace of Versailles, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, in front of their hotel, as they leave the coaches … In high season, not a day goes by without tourists being assaulted.”

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