With summer almost over, Paris and the Ile-de-France regional tourism board has published visitor figures for the last few months and they show that visits by Dutch tourists were up 130% between this past June and July.
While locals of the region had the opportunity to rediscover the Louvre museum, climb up the Eiffel tower or amble along the streets of Montmartre, they weren't totally alone. While the number of foreign visitors is far from the level it reached last year -- essentially international visitors' stays were down 68% for the first half of the year -- but Europeans from other countries still made their way to the area.
According to the regional Paris and area tourism board, the number of Spanish visitors to the region was up by 76%. But the most impressive growth concerned the number of visitors from the Netherlands, up by 130%.
In the final count, Germans, British, Dutch, Belgians and Spaniards visited Paris and its region the most in July and early August.
Nevertheless, this summer, attendance levels are 50% to 60% lower than a so-called normal period, according to tourism professionals.