The tourism industry in Lyon Metropole

Lyon is the second biggest tourist destination in France, with 6 million visitors per year (66% business and 34% leisure tourism).

Last updated date : 09/05/2019
  • 1.38 million inhabitants in the metropolis
  • €1 billion turnover generated by tourism industry (2016)
  • 36,300 jobs in the tourism industry (2018)
  • 2nd economic metropolis in France
  • €74.6 million GDP (Metropole in 2018)
  • 4th airport in France Lyon-Saint-Exupery airport over 11 million passengers a year (2018)
  • 5,037,436 overnights (2018) 
  • 18,893 hotel rooms available (2018)
  • 6,000,000 visitors a year including 365,506 visitors welcomed by ONLYLYON Tourism and Conventions (2018)
  • 51.5% visitors at the tourist office are coming from overseas (2018)
  • 1st international train station in France : Part-Dieu train station: 125,000 passengers every day (2018) and 30 million passengers in 2018.
  • 2,674,231 visitors in museums and entertainments (2018).

Overseas visitors' Top 10 (in 2018)
> Spain 15 %
> United States 11 %
> Germany 10 %
> Great-Britain 8 %
> Italy 8 %
> Canada 6 %
> Switzerland 6 %
> Australia 6 %
> Belgium 5 %
> Netherlands 3 %

Sources: Database of MKG Hospitality - CCI Lyon
Lyon Airport / ONLYLYON Tourism and Conventions / SNCF
Data collected in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

•    Europe's leading city break destination 2016 – World Travel Awards
•    2nd convention city in France in 2017 – ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association)
•    European Capital of Smart Tourism 2019 – European Union.

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