Chinese tourists line up to enter the Louvre. (Photo/Xinhua)
The number of Chinese tourists visiting Paris grew 21.6% in 2011 over the previous year, marking the biggest increase among visitors from other countries. Over the past two years, the number of Chinese tourists to Paris has increased by 63%.
The growth represents a 72,000-night increase in hotel bookings by Chinese guests, bringing the total to 407,000 nights.
According to the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau's statistics, Chinese visitors contributed to record bookings at Parisian hotels, which counted 36.9 million nights booked, a 3.1% growth in 2011 compared with the previous year.
Hotels with one and four stars saw the biggest increases, at 5.4% and 3.2% respectively.
Foreign visitors to Paris represent 54% of the total beds booked in the City of Lights with 23.3 million. Visitors from Asian countries other than Japan contributed the most, with an increase of 19.3% in 2011, reaching 2 million overnight stays.