French tourists in New York are flocked to Paris tourist sites, according to a French travel agency.
The Tourism Council of France said Friday that it received more than 3.6 million international visitors last year and that the number of visitors from France rose 15.4 percent from 2016 to 2018.
In 2017, French visitors spent nearly $1.4 billion in Paris, a 28.2 percent increase over the previous year, according a report from the European Tourism Institute.
The agency said it was the most popular destination for French tourists.
The city is a favorite of celebrities and the wealthy, who often stay in plush accommodations with marble floors, opulent kitchens and state-of-the-art spa treatments.
But a growing number of Parisians are choosing to stay in luxury hotels and other offbeat attractions, like a hotel in the U.S. capital that features a nude pool and a rooftop bar overlooking the Seine River.
Many French-Americans also want to visit the city’s many parks, and the city has developed a network of more than 50 trails to help tourists find the perfect place to enjoy them.
“Paris is an important place to visit, but we’re not just tourists, we’re people too,” said Marielle Groulx, a French-American who lives in New Jersey and works as a receptionist in a restaurant in Paris.
“People are more open to things like culture, food, art, art history, the arts, architecture and history.
And there’s no denying it, we have something to offer the world.”