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French burqa ban hasn't deterred Gulf tourists
by Claire Ferris-Lay
Wealthy Gulf tourists are expected to continue to flock to France this summer in spite of a law that prohibits Muslim women from wearing the burqa, travel agencies said.
Travel industry experts had initially feared a decline in Arab tourists after the April ban on full veils but now report no decline in peak-season bookings to France.
"I don't think that tourism has been affected the tourism. People from the Gulf, especially Saudi Arabia like to go to France. France is the capital of fashion [and] ladies they will never give up going to France," a spokesperson for the Saudi-based Al Tayyar Travel Group told Arabian Business.
"There have been a few cancellations but the others are still there and they are going."
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