Key figures

Tourism, the driving force behind Nice’s economy, is the city’s leading industry. Discover our key figures!

More than 40% of the active population works directly or indirectly for tourism (40% of the Alpes-Maritimes department’s GDP). High technology and public works are the other pillars of the Côte d’Azur economy. Nice’s vocation as a tourist destination is undeniable.

Nice Côte d’Azur

As an international host city, Nice has all the necessary infrastructures for its ever-growing development.

  • 5th largest city in France (350,000 inhabitants)
  • 1st France’s leading tourist city after Paris.
  • 5 million visitors per year..
  • 97% of visitors satisfied with their stay.
  • 40% of the Côte d’Azur’s tourist flows, with nearly 1.5 billion euros in economic spin-offs.
  • 2nd international airport after the Paris hubs with nearly 14.5 million passengers in 2019, 114 destinations in 40 countries.
    Direct connections to European capitals and to New York, Dubai, Doha, Moscow, Beijing, etc.
  • 1st France’s leading airport in terms of “low cost” traffic, with some twenty companies transporting 30% of passengers, or 3 million people.
  • 2nd largest French cruise port after Marseille (452,000 passengers in 2019)
  • 2nd largest congress city in France after Paris
  • One of the leading hotel stocks after Paris in terms of quality and capacity, representing one third of the Côte d’Azur, with nearly 200 establishments and 10,000 rooms.
  • A high concentration of museums with the “Musées de France” label
  • 1st city in France to have a wine AOC within its boundaries
  • 300 hectares of green areas
  • 300 days of sunshine
  • 10 kilometres of coastal area including 7.5 kilometres of beaches
  • 178 parks and gardens

Nice Côte d’Azur Metropolitan Area

  • First Metropolian Area created in France in 2012
  • 550,000 inhabitants
  • 49 municipalities
  • 80% of the area is mountainous
  • Extends from the shores of the Mediterranean to the ski resorts of the Mercantour National Park
  • 1,400 square kilometres
  • 7 ski resorts
  • Port of Villefranche-sur-Mer: 223,000 passengers in 2019
  • Nearly 300 hotels and holiday residences (including Nice)
  • 1st “Gambling” destination in France: 12 casinos
  • 70 million overnight stays per year


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