Thursday, July 28, 2011

Does France really want me back?

It's good to feel wanted.  Earlier this week I read an article on Budget Travel about how France wants to rebrand itself as a more welcoming nation.  The primary goal is getting tourists to extend their length of stay...and consequently their spending.  France is definitely on tourist bucket lists - welcoming more tourists than the US each year- but people pop in to hit the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and Versailles and then head off to cheaper and maybe friendlier pastures.  Not two days later I see another article in USA Today -What's the world's best bargain destination?   They priced out a summer night stay at a 4 star hotel, a cheese pizza, a martini at a 4 star hotel bar and a 5 mile taxi ride at major cities in the US and around the world.    The best value internationally?  Bangkok.  The total was $111.99.  The best value domestically?  Las Vegas at $163.59. 

Paris also made the list.   #1 on the list for the most expensive international cities.  A hotel night, pizza, martini and a taxi ride will set you back $428.88.

Maybe France doesn't want me back after all.

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