The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and International Development
Spokesperson


Paris - July 14, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Tourism – Meeting of the emergency economic committee on tourism (July 13, 2016)

◢  Human rights – International conference on respect for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons (July 12 to 15, 2016)

 
Tourism – Meeting of the emergency economic committee on tourism (July 13, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, brought together some 50 tourism professionals and partners for a meeting of the emergency economic committee on tourism at the Quai d'Orsay.

The figures for June, during which France hosted the Euro 2016 soccer championship, are good. Hotel revenues increased by 15% in the regions outside Paris, while the cities that hosted the Euro were able to take full advantage of the event. On match nights they had occupancy rates close to 95%, with hotels seeing a sharp increase in revenue.

The consequences of the weakening of the pound sterling in the wake of the British referendum were also discussed. France was the most popular destination for British tourists in 2015 (more than 12 million tourists). The Quai d’Orsay will continue to closely monitor the situation in coordination with tourism professionals.

Lastly, the campaign to promote Paris as a tourist destination was discussed. The number of visitors to Paris—which is a gateway to France for tourists—fell in 2015, following the attacks. A promotional campaign targeting countries that account for more than 80% of visits to France from abroad is currently underway.

Forecasts for the summer are good; the number of overnight reservations at campsites has increased by 2.8%. River cruise operators expect to see a 10 to 15% increase in reservations throughout the year. The number of tourist arrivals by air increased by 11% in the regions outside Paris during the first 10 days of July. Now more than ever, we must remain committed to ensuring that France continues to be the world's top tourist destination.



Human rights – International conference on respect for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons (July 12 to 15, 2016)

An international conference on respect for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons (LGBTI) is being hosted by Uruguay and the Netherlands in Montevideo from July 12 to 15.

The ambassador of France to Uruguay read a message from Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, in which the minister underscored France's determination to combat all forms of discrimination and violence related to sexual orientation and gender identity.

France welcomes the launch of the "coalition for equal rights" during this conference. While the terrorist attacks in Orlando were targeted against individuals based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, and same-sex relationships are still considered a disease, an offence or a crime in many countries, France calls on the international community to ensure equality in dignity and rights for all individuals.


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