You need only a remote awareness of tourism trends to know France is the most popular vacation destination in the world, drawing nearly 83 million visitors in 2016. But the country biggest draw—Île-de-France, the region that includes Paris—suffered a 1.5 million-visitor drop from 2015 to 2016, following a string of terror attacks. But, as ever, the City of Light proved its resilience by bouncing back in 2017, and not just a little bit; so far, Paris is on pace to have its best year since 2008.

According to the latest figures published by the Regional Tourism Board (CRT) of Île-de-France, the region saw 1.5 million more visitors in the first six months of 2017, Le Figaro reports, compared to the same timeframe in 2016, representing a 10.2 percent uptick. Some 16.4 million hotel guests booked stays between January and June 2017. Overall, domestic arrivals grew by 6.4 percent, but foreign arrivals saw a robust 14.9 percent growth this year so far.”

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