Paris, known for its iconic landmarks and cultural treasures, is preparing for a significant transformation as the Pompidou Center, the third most visited attraction in the city, is set to undergo a five-year hiatus. This closure, scheduled to begin in 2025, will allow for extensive renovations to breathe new life into the center, welcoming visitors back in 2030.
The Pompidou Center is home to exceptional galleries, a renowned library, and a top-notch restaurant, all of which will undergo meticulous repairs and construction during the revitalization process. The ambitious venture is estimated to cost €260 million, reflecting the commitment to preserving and enhancing this cultural gem.
The closure, initially anticipated to begin in September 2023, was strategically deferred until after the conclusion of the Summer Olympics in Paris in 2024. French authorities expect over a million tourists to visit Paris during the Olympics, with a diverse assembly of athletes, para-athletes, delegations, and competition venues contributing to the vibrant atmosphere.
Amidst the anticipation and excitement for the Olympics, data from the German statistical platform Statista has revealed a significant rebound in visitor arrivals in Paris and the Île-de-France region. In 2022, the number of arrivals almost doubled compared to the previous year, marking a remarkable resurgence from the initial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite the positive revival, hoteliers in Paris have expressed concerns over a government proposal to triple the tourist tax on hotel nights during the Olympic period. This tax increase is intended to support public transport, with rates ranging from €0.25 to €5 per night for basic to high-end establishments.
In addition to these developments, France will become the first member state of the European Union to switch the application process for a French Schengen visa to a completely online system. This move, set to take effect on January 1, 2024, aims to streamline the visa application process for over 70,000 participants in the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The implementation of the “Olympic Consulate” system will process applications for international athletes, journalists, and foreign delegations involved in the Games. Paris is truly preparing for an exciting and transformative period, with the promise of enhanced cultural experiences and streamlined visa processes for visitors from around the world. Pack your bags and get ready to experience the magic of Paris like never before!
Still have some travel questions? Ask in our Travel WhatsApp Group.