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Global Blue and Roland Berger host Paris tourism event

Following a challenging year for French tourism, Global Blue and strategic consultancy Roland Berger, gathered during an exclusive conference several industry experts to discuss the future of tourism in the capital.

On 20th April 2017, Global Blue and Roland Berger’s event, Transformation of Tourism in Paris, was attended by over 130 industry figures from leading retail, hospitality and transport organisations, along with a number of public authority representatives. 

Featuring a range of speakers, including Global Blue CEO, Jacques Stern and Roland Berger CEO, Charles-Edouard Bouée, the event provided attendees with a detailed review of the capital’s performance over the last 12 months.

Also in attendance was Luca Solca, Sector Head of Global Luxury Goods at Exane BNP Paribas, who shared his views on the challenging environment experienced by Parisian luxury retailers over the last year.

This was followed by an interactive roundtable discussion featuring expert speakers from Aéroports de Paris, AccorHotels, Longchamp and the Région Ile-de-France.

Transformation of Tourism in Paris report

The event was also an opportunity to launch a joint report from Global Blue and Ronald Berger, examining a number of key trends relating to the tourism industry in Paris.

Containing quantitative and qualitative analysis of the Parisian tourism sector, the report provides expert insight from a number of industries including hospitality, transport, culture and luxury retail.

Among the findings, the report revealed that the first quarter of 2017 saw a +8% increase of tourist arrivals in Paris (year-on-year) and that according to different studies, international tourism is set to grow by +3% to 4% per year until 2030.

France welcomed 85 million tourists in 2016 and remains the world’s number one tourism destination, however during 2016 London surpassed Paris, welcoming 15.7 million tourists to the UK capital. The report further examines London’s emergence as a luxury shopping destination since the Brexit vote in 2016 and the implications for Parisian retail.