Will the Notre Dame Fire Affect Tourism in Paris?

As the whole world is in the state of shock ever since the Parisian Gothic beauty Notre Dame was hurt in a fire, one question arises among all tourism professionals: What kind of implications will this tragic event leave on the tourism industry?

France is the most popular tourist destination in the world. Within it, Paris is one of the most popular city destinations, and the cathedral of Notre Dame is by far the most popular visitor attraction in it. Until now, the cathedral was open for visitors from 8 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. every day of the year, and half-an-hour later on weekends. The entrance was free, which certainly played a significant role in the number of visitors to both the cathedral and the French capital itself. In 2018, around 13 million tourists visited the cathedral, with an average of 36,000 daily visitors who’d spend 2-3 hours there. Now, it is likely that the number of visitors to Louvre and Eiffel Tower will increase, although the effect will depend on the day of the week as most Paris attractions are closed on either Monday or Tuesday when Notre Dame was especially popular. The same scenario might follow some other less known tourist attractions in Paris. While cancellations among tourists that have already booked their trip to Paris are unlikely, the closure of Notre Dame for many months to come might turn attention to cities as Rome, Barcelona, and Amsterdam.

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