Disneyland Paris and Eiffel Tower reopen

Places in Paris

Paris is reopening its major tourist attraction. To boost the tourism industry France is partially reopening Disneyland Paris and the top floor of the Eiffel Tower.

Reopening Disneyland

Disneyland Paris was closed for four months due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, it is Europe’s most frequently visited theme park resort and is partially reopening for visitors.

Starting from Wednesday the park in Marne-la-Vallee, to the east of the French capital, is reopening its doors for visitors in phases. It is reopening the Disneyland Parks and Walt Disney Studios.

However, Disneyland is increasing its safety measures for the safety of visitors and employees. It is reducing the capacity of visitors to focus on social distancing. The theme parks are periodically cleaning and disinfecting rides and spaces.

Reopening Top Floor of Eiffel Tower

On Wednesday, the top floor of Eiffel Tower also reopened. The 19th-century iron monument is one of the French capital’s most visited attractions. However, on June 26 it partially reopened its first two floors following its longest closure since World War II.

Eiffel Tower officials say that they will only allow about 250 people at the top floor at a time to enjoy the panoramic views of the City of Light.

However, the managing director of the monument’s, Patrick Branco Ruivo says he feels positive about the upcoming future for tourism at the Eiffel Tower and in Paris.

“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 last weekend 10,000 people. That’s why for us we are optimistic about this summer even if the conditions are different. It’s a message of hope about COVID-19, that even if the conditions are not always very easy.”

Tourism officials say that there are more than 30 million tourists that visit Paris every year and in 2018. Moreover, France recorded nearly 90 million overnight arrivals from visitors and tourists, making it one of the most visited countries in the world.

Certainly, France is one of the most popular and most visited countries in the world. However, the France tourism industry is the hardest hit as tourists from international countries are not coming. And France also did not allow international tourists for three months. 

The coronavirus pandemic caused all tourism activities at a halt. The country’s hotels, restaurants, museums, cinemas, and theaters were not operating for three months. Consequently, it affected the country’s economy hugely. 

However, the French capital’s most famous landmarks such as the Louvre museum reopened on July 6. However, the nearby Palace of Versailles reopened earlier in June. 

On June 15, France removed restrictions at European borders. The country’s tourism industry is optimistic that foreign visitors will soon return back to France as the summer season is around the corner. 

Travelers coming from the UK and Spain will also have to quarantine for 14-day self-quarantine. However, countries from Europe will not have to follow the 14-day quarantine restriction.

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