Attendance At The Louvre Is Way Down

louvreGettyImages-497365934Tourism to Paris is in bad shape—and the city’s cultural institutions have been feeling the pain. The string of terrorist attacks and floods in France have resulted in a significant decline in visitors to Paris, notably among tourists from Japan, Russia, and China. The state’s minister of foreign affairs, Jean-Marc Ayrault, has even announced a summit this September to develop strategies of reviving the tourism sector, which accounts for roughly 7 percent of the country’s economy. In a phone conversation with a representative for the Louvre—which is the most-visited museum in the world—artnet News discovered that attendance from January through June dropped 20 percent compared to the previous year.

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