PARIS – The French tourism industry received new impetus on Wednesday with the partial reopening of Disneyland Paris and the opening of the top floor of the Eiffel Tower.
Disneyland Paris, the busiest seaside resort in Europe, partially reopens its doors to the public, four months after its closure following the coronavirus pandemic.
The Marne-la-Vallée park, east of the French capital, opens its doors gradually from Wednesday with Disneyland parks and Walt Disney studios.
It will include improved security measures, including attendance management, reduced ability to cope with social distance, and enhanced cleaning and disinfection of rides and spaces.
Also on Wednesday, the top floor of the Eiffel Tower in Paris reopened. The 19th century iron monument, one of the most visited attractions in the French capital, partially reopened its first two floors on June 26 after its longest closure since the Second World War.
Eiffel Tower officials have said that a maximum of 250 people will now be allowed on the top floor at a time to enjoy the panoramic view of the City of Lights.
The director general of the monument, Patrick Branco Ruivo, remained optimistic about the short-term future of tourism at the Eiffel Tower and in Paris more generally.
“Last year, during the same period, we welcomed 23,000 people every day. When we opened the Eiffel Tower, the first weekend we welcomed 5,000 people… and the last weekend 10,000 people. This is why we are optimistic for this summer even if the conditions are different… It is a message of hope for COVID-19, that even if the conditions are not always very easy. “
A visitor, Damien Testard, 37, from the Paris suburbs, said he was “delighted” with his Wednesday trip to the Eiffel Tower, in particular “without too many people”.
Tourism officials say that Paris attracts more than 30 million tourists a year and that in 2018, France recorded nearly 90 million overnight arrivals of visitors and tourists, making it one of the most most visited in the world.
Masha Macpherson contributed to this report.
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