Culture and Heritage

France is a leading destination
for foreign tourists

€57.9 billion


in international tourism receipts in 2022

i.e. +€1.2 billion compared with 2019

Atout France, 2023


French chef named
World's Best Female Chef

3 French winners


Dominique Crenn (2016), Hélène Darroze (2015), Anne Sophie Pic (2011)

World’s 50 Best Awards


World's Best Pastry Chef

5 French Pastry chefs named « World’s Best Pastry Chef » in the last 8 years

Nina Métayer was voted World’s Best Pastry Chef for 2023 by the International Union of Bakers and Pastry Chefs in October 2023, in Munich (Germany). This is the first time that a woman has received this accolade.
Jessica Préalpato (2019) – Cédric Grolet (2018) – Dominique Ansel (2017) – Pierre Hermé (2016), voted World’s Best Pastry Chef by World’s 50 Best Awards



Cultural and creative excellence

One of the most visited museums in the world

7.8 million visitors in 2022, 70% of whom were from overseas (+170% compared with 2021: 9.6 million in 2019)

Louvre, 2023

“Paris Musées” brings together 14 establishments

4.5 million visitors in 2022
Record attendance at Paris museums
(2.2 million in 2021; approximately 3 million per year before the Covid-19 pandemic)

Paris Musées, 2023

French history recreation theme park Puy du Fou was voted The World’s No. 1 theme park in 2022
Record attendance in 2022, with 2,342,200 visitors, up 2% compared with 2019.

Puy du Fou, 2022-2023, Travelers Choice “Best of the Best” (TripAdvisor)

Voted “Best resort in Europe” in 2022 by European Best Destinations, for the sixth consecutive time
Voted “Best ski resort in France” at the World Ski Awards 2022, for the tenth consecutive time.

European Best Destinations, Nov 2022; World Ski Awards, Nov 2023


Unesco's world heritage list

51 listed sites in 2023

and 25 listed Intangible Cultural Heritage

Unesco, 2023



58 foreign cultural centers in Paris


The capital city home to the largest number of foreign cultural centers and institutes in the world

Forum of Foreign Cultural Institutes in Paris (FICEP), 2023


#1 tourist destination in Europe

with a record 15 million visitors in 2022

More than 375 million of visitors


since 1992

(of which 66% foreign visitors)

Disneyland Paris, 2022; Atout France, 2023