Governance and organisation
As of 2014, there are two ministerial departments who are explicitly responsible for tourism: The Ministry in charge of foreign affairs and the Ministry in charge of the economy.
As well as social tourism, the Ministry in charge of the economy is more specifically responsible for following the various professions in the industry, investments (except for foreign investments), maintaining the legal framework and EU-relations. The Ministry in charge of foreign affairs is more specifically responsible for promoting the industry internationally, the international establishment and development of French companies, the path followed by tourists (visas, hospitality, international connectivity, security, etc.) and international partners.
Since July 2016, the “Conseil interministériel du Tourisme” (CIT), a coordination body chaired by the Prime Minister, has been responsible for ensuring that the activities of all departments involved are coherent. It enables the different ministerial departments to work together on priority projects, such as training, investment, digitalisation and promotion. It meets every 6 months to discuss specific, topics selected prior to the meeting.
France, the world's leading tourism destination
With nearly 87 million foreign visitors in 2017, France is the number one tourism destination in the world. Tourism is a key industry in the French economy: it accounts for more than 7,1% of the GDP and two million direct and indirect jobs. The holiday departure rate of French people was 73,1 % in 2016. They took 194,8 million trips for personal reasons, 68,7 % of which were in mainland France.
Studies relating to the tourism industry in France are carried out or published by the following official national bodies:
Given its importance, the tourism industry was given a priority status by the State, which set the objective of reaching 100 million international tourists and 50 billion euros in income by 2020. This should create an additional 300 000 jobs throughout mainland France and also in its overseas territories.
The six priority areas of government action
The attractiveness of France as a holiday destination is due, not only to the quality of marketing, but also because of the wealth of its offer in all fields: culture, tangible and intangible heritage, vibrant artistic creation, cultural and creative industries, language, art of living, … The Government intends to strengthen this attractiveness by taking and encouraging measures in six priority areas:
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The International Social Tourism Organisation (ISTO), initially created under the name International Bureau for Social Tourism (B.I.T.S.) in 1963, is an international non-profit making organization whose mission is to promote access to leisure, holidays and tourism for all i.e. young people, families, senior citizens and disabled people. It also wishes to promote sustainable and solidarity tourism to the benefit of the local population and with respect for natural and cultural heritage.