It's a good sign that the Louvre had a better year in 2017 after the violence that rocked France in 2015 and 2016. But it's only one sign, and other forthcoming key indicators will help complete the picture of Paris' tourism recovery.
The Louvre Museum says it welcomed 8.1 million visitors in 2017, up 10 percent on the year before, a sign of tourism revival in Paris.
Tourism in the French capital took a hit in 2016 after a series of attacks by Islamic extremists the previous year.
Foreign visitors represent 70 percent of the museum attendance, a statement from the Louvre Museum said Monday.
They mainly come from the United States (1.2 million visitors, up by 25 percent) and from China (700,000 visitors, up by 9 percent).
The Louvre is the world’s most-visited museum.
Definitive figures of tourist numbers in Paris have not been released yet for 2017 but a rise of 10 to 12 percent is expected, according to the Paris tourist office, based on hotel reservations.
Photo credit: Tourism in France took a hit in 2016 after a series of attacks by extremists. Pictured is a woman in front of the Louvre fountain next to the Pyramid in Paris. Michel Euler / Associated Press