PARIS: TERRORISM TRUMPS TOURISM

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In the wake of continued terrorist attacks brought about by a suicidal policy of "Invade the World / Invite the World," it has been revealed that Paris, one of the great global tourist centres, is seeing a drastic drop in visitors. 

A number of key institutions have reported falling numbers in 2016, including the Louvre, where visitors dropped by 20% to 5.3 million, and the Musee d'Orsay's, where attendance plummeted by 13% to three million. Hotel bookings in Paris from overseas also plunged 10% according to the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The falls come in the wake of the terrorist attack of 13th November 2015, in which 130 people were killed in the French capital, including several who were actually tortured to death at the Bataclan Theatre

Since then there have been repeated, smaller scale attacks in Paris and France generally, changing the perception of France from a country of fine wine, good food, fancy art, and sweet romance to an inter-civilizational war-zone caught between a failing multicultural West and an insurgent and aggressive Islam. 

Just a few days ago police were forced to shoot a knife-wielding Muslim at the Louvre Museum itself, showing that these high status tourist destinations are now high on the list of terrorist soft targets.

Not only is the terrorist threat draining Paris of vital tourist dollars, but it is also pushing up the costs of security, with many more police and military personnel on the streets, serving only to remind visitors of the imminent threat. 

Recently it was announced that the landmark Eiffel Tower would be "protected" by a 2.5m-high (8ft) wall of reinforced glass that is expected to cost about $21 million. 

In an interview with Le Figaro newspaper, Louvre director Jean-Luc Martinez said 2016 had been "a difficult year," with the decline in visitors costing the gallery $11 million just in entrance ticket fees alone, and without counting the lower sales in shops and restaurants in the giant Museum complex. Martinez also revealed that the number of Japanese visitors in 2016 had dropped by 61%, the number of Russians by 53%, Brazilians by 47%, Chinese by 31%, and Americans by 18%.

Or maybe not...


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