France’s tourism industry reeling after terror attacks

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August is a quiet month in the French capital as Parisians traditionally head out of the city for their holidays. But this year it’s even quieter than normal with nervous travelers staying away.

CCTV’s Kate Parkinson reports from Paris.

France\'s tourism industry reels after terror attacks

France\'s tourism industry reels after terror attacks

August is a quiet month in the French capital as Parisians traditionally head out of the city for their holidays. But this year it's even quieter than normal with nervous travelers staying away. CCTV's Kate Parkinson reports from Paris.
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Last year nearly 85 million foreigners visited France, making it the world’s number one tourist destination.

But following a string of terror attacks, France may struggle to cling to that top spot.

In the week after the Bastille Day terrorist massacre, air bookings to Nice dropped by more than half. The outlook is not too good for the rest of the summer.

International flight bookings to France are down 20 percent for August and September. And it’s not just France that’s suffering.

Hotel chains, airlines and tour operators have reported a downturn in business in Germany and Belgium as well following attacks there.