A global city with a diverse economic base, the Paris region generates 31% of France’s GDP. Host to more international HQs than London, the Paris region is the number one European region for R&D spend. It has a young, highly educated workforce and 663,000 higher-education students.
Heritage hot spot
Paris’s built heritage is one of its greatest assets. Central Paris is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while the Louvre is the world’s largest museum. Paris Gare du Nord is a strategic European transport hub, and the busiest railway station in the world outside of Japan.
France is the world’s most popular tourist destination, while Paris ranks third for international overnight visitors – after Bangkok and London. Following the terror attacks of 2016, international visitor numbers fell 8.8%, but domestic tourists were largely unaffected.