After havingevaluated several aspects with regards to Paris, one can conclude that it alldepends on the tourist himself and how he/she makes use of the time allocatedfor such destination as the experience is all influenced by the decisions andactions taking place by the tourist.
Culture should be conserved while making roomfor sustainable future developments. Having said all this, Paris will continueto be one of the top tourist destinations in the world despite all itsstrengths and weaknesses. 7.0 Conclusion With relation to theabove mentioned pick pocketers, unfortunately Paris is also prone to a varietyof scams.
These can be classified mainly into 5 different scenarios. Awell-known scam is The Golden Ring where the tourist is misled by the value ofthe mentioned golden ring being found on the street by the bribing woman. The’Friendship’ bracelet scam is also famous in such area being pushed to buy suchbracelet without the individuals’ consent. Alongside with other scams, fakecharities petitions are commonly done requesting money as soon as the ‘petition’ is signed, oftentimes the tourist himself not knowing what he/she is signing for. 6.6 Scams A fair amount of pickpocketers could be associated with such city principally in crowded areas.
Onemust stay on high alert when in the metro and large queues to go into anytouristic attraction as these places are always targeted first. Safety measuresare always present yet they are never sufficient to cope with the city’s highcrime rate. Moreover, tourists are advised to take precaution and not carrymore belongings than necessary. This factor could serve as a disadvantage tothose seeking high level of safety being aware of such crimes going around inthis prominent city.
Summer is the peak season for criminality being the periodwith the highest number of visitors. Crime is increasing as time goes by, introducing different sorts ofcrime involving homes being broken into, vandalism, physical attacks togetherwith bribery and drugs. 6.5 Criminality Like any large cityin the world there can never be too many cleaners to keep the city clean 24/7.When walking along the city one might come across litter around certaincorners. Being a city, a large quantity of energy and fossil fuels need to beused to keep it running smoothly, which will increase the levels of airpollution.
Traffic and congestion can also contribute to the city’s lack of cleanliness.Having a population of around 2.2 million locals excluding the tourists cancause large traffic congestions resulting in pollution on a day to day basis. 6.4 Cleanliness When choosing adestination, tourists want the peace of mind that their chosen destination hasthe same communication behaviour that they do. If tourists find difficulty inthis, they will simply opt to visit other destinations and will not promote theplace with their friends and relatives. Apart from itscuisine, the language is considered to be conserved within Paris’ elements ofculture.
Locals are quite conservative when it comes to their languageresulting in being a hindrance for the tourist not knowing French. The need ofknowing basic words is somehow considered a must in such a city as few localsare fluent in English, making the language barrier more evident. 6.3 Language Barrier Despite the fact thatParis is a highly populated destination for tourists, the fear of terrorism isstill existent when selecting their destination.According to recentstatistics, this accounts for the 0.8 per cent decrease in tourism in Paris,which indicates serious economic consequences as it incurred a total loss of1.3 billion Euros. Tourists became more cautious since the attacks of theCharlie Hebdo massacre in 2015 took place in Paris.
The Parisian economysuffered huge losses due to the fact that Chinese tourists decreasedsignificantly after the attacks. These used to spend an average of 1400 europer head according to statistics given by the famous Galeries Lafayette stores. 6.2 Terrorism In addition to thelegal city tax, Paris gathers 4 euro per person every night. Rome’s city taxcan go up to €6. This makes Paris’ city tax, the second highest in comparisonto surrounding capital cities such as London and Berlin having their city taxas low as 5%.
Being that Paris is ahighly visited destination, restaurants take the advantage of inflating theirprices especially if the location is located in a tourist attraction area. Thetourist must have knowledge of what he/she would expect from that particularrestaurant. Other options are available although they might not offer the samestandard, or having them located in more of a remote area from the touristattraction.
Entertainment and transportation are also considered to be vastlyexpensive having prices ranging according to the desired destination. Museumsand tourist attractions contribute to additional cost during ones visit whichmight influence one’s decision for visiting Paris. 6.1 Cost Despite all itsadvantages, Paris is seen to have numerous drawbacks in comparison to thestated above advantages. Below can be found a list describing some of themutual disadvantages that tourist face when visiting Paris. 6.0 Disadvantages ofParis as a Tourism Attraction If one desires a holiday without a budget, Paris is a good place tostart.
Many places to shop such as Avenue des Champs-Elysées. This main street is packed with high end designer shops for thesetypes of travellers. Fine dining restaurants are very popular in Paris andthere are also many hotels for these types of tourists. 5.4 Big spenders The city also has various living communities such as hostels and bed andbeverage accommodations. The group activities such as cooking classes and winetasting is a good place to meet new people and local bars and cafes would be agreat place for a solo-traveller to integrate with locals and learn citysecrets. 5.3 Solo travellers Paris is known to be a very romantic destination.
The City offers manyactivities for those in love, the Parisian atmosphere is enough to make an averagevisitor love struck. The restaurants give off a romantic atmosphere and hotelsare very couple friendly, meaning that most accommodation offer different typesof rooms for two, from standard to couple’s suites. Shows such as burlesque orMoulin Rouge are suitable activities for adult couples. 5.2 Couples Paris by day is a great place to spend with your family. One can oftenvisit museums such as the Louvre and landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower.
Parisalso has its own zoo and aquarium which can be a fun activity for both childrenand adults. A visit to Disneyland Paris would also be suitable for familiestravelling to Paris. 5.1 Families Paris offers attractions for all types of holiday makers. This includesfamilies, couples, solo travellers, and big spenders. There are activities,hotels and attractions to suit all types of tourists. 5.0 A city for alltypes of tourists Traditional French cuisine varies from little desserts such as macaroonsto appetisers such as snails.
In Paris, many of the restaurants take pride intheir traditional food and it is rare to find them promoting generic foods suchas pasta, pizza and burgers unless they include a French twist. One can findthat the French cuisine is a great advantage to traveling to Paris as they willdefinitely eat well. 4.1 TraditionalFrench cuisine The Parisians are very proud of their cuisine. When it comes to Parisianfood, it is a known fact that you will not be left hungry or craving somethingbetter. Both professional chefs and amateurs go to Paris to experience their cuisine. There are many cooking classesbeing offered by professional Parisian chefs and this is very popular withtourists in Paris. Most Parisian restaurants must be pre-booked and often havedress codes.
This shows that to the locals, food is viewed more as acelebration rather than a necessity. 4.0 Gastronomy The Louvre is considered to be the most visited and largest museum inthe world.
The museum itself is incredible since it consists one of the richestartistic treasures. It also haspaintings and other items going back to 5000 years from Greek, Roman, andOriental ancient cultures. This museum has various works from all over theworld, some major paintings of World Heritage are called Venus de Milo or the most iconic painting Mona Lisapainting. Apart from paintings the museum hosts a variety of other types of artwork such as sculptures and artefacts. It would take a tourist typically around3 days to experience and see all the museum that has to offer. Tourists insearch of culture and art will definitely visit this museum and there are alsovarious restaurants and shops next to the Louvre, this allows the travellers tospend more time there. 3.5 The Louvre The building is quite unusual, as the museum was installed in the formerOrsay railway station which originated in the 1900s for the UniversalExhibition.
A tourist would be amazed or impressed by the beauty of theinterior design of the old ‘railway station’.This museum is internationallyknown for having its rich collection of ‘Impressionist art’ which also displaysother artistic creations from the 1848s.Musee d’ Orsay has a variety of collections that represent all kinds ofexpressive form such as decorative photography, arts, sculptures and paintingsthat have to do with architecture. 3.4 The Musée d’Orsay Within the vicinity of the Cathedral there are various stunning hotelsand restaurants that are fortunate enough to have a view of this Cathedral.
These establishments have an advantage as tourists often visit just to enjoythe incredible view. The Notre Dame gothic Cathedral was built in the 1160s. The cathedralwas built with sculptures, unique gargoyles and the incredible detailed stainedglass windows that show a heavy influence of naturalism unlike mostarchitecture.
It is now one of the most famous cathedrals in France and one ofthe oldest ones too. It took a long time to build since there are variousstyles of architecture that took place within the building. Tourists are freeto visit the Notre Dame and it is known to be very busy during peak months.
3.3 The Notre Dame There was a total amount 6,917,000 visitors at the end of 2015. Since itopened in 1889 there were around 250 million people from all around the worldwho visited the Eiffel Tower. The above statistics show what a popularattraction the Eiffel Tower is, definitely one of the reasons as to why atourist would pick Paris as their next destination. There are also educational tours that are available for both childrenand adults showing around the tower.
Tickets can either be purchased online orat the office located at the bottom of the tower. It is opened all year round with visitingtimes varying on the season. There are hundreds of tourists and visitors that line up everyday to goand witness a remarkable view from the top of the Eiffel Tower. The EiffelTower consists of three platforms such as several buffets, their own champagnebar, unique gift shops and two restaurants.
The two restaurants: Le 58 TourEiffel and LE Jules Verne, which are run by Michelin star chefs. The Eiffel Tower was the main exhibit in the World’s fair 1889. During the French Revolution, the EiffelTower was used to demonstrate France’s industrial prowess to the world. One ofthe most famous and iconic piece of history in all of France is the EiffelTower which is located in Paris. 3.2 The Eiffel Tower One of the main advantages of traveling to Paris would be its endlessamount of touristic attractions. A few of the most popular ones are The Eiffeltower, The Notre Dame, The Musée d’Orsay and The Louvre.
These places get very crowded in peak monthssuch as July and December, but most of the thousands of reviews left by variousvisitors claim that these locations are worth the visit. 3.1 The Attractions Paris, known as the City of Lights has had a vast growing history sinceit was first founded in 3BC.
Important timeframes such as the commencing ofconstruction works on The Notre Dame in 1163, the Plague killed half of Paris’population in the late 14th century and Napoleon’s reign in 1804 are still notable to this very day. Nowadays, Paris hasbecome a very popular place for holiday-makers and tourism in general. 3.0 Advantages of Paris as a Tourism Attraction Paris is the capital city of France. With over 12 million inhabitants,it holds around 19% of France’s total population.
Paris is most popularly knownas the centre of fashion, the city is also popular for its fine cuisine, artand architecture. There is a popular saying in France ‘Quand Paris éternue, la France s’en rhume’ which roughlytranslates to ‘When Paris sneezes, France catches a cold’. Thismeans that what happens in Paris, generally affects the whole country. Thefollowing text speaks about the cultural city and its many advantages anddisadvantages as a tourism attraction. 2.0 Introduction