The number of tourists visiting Monaco so far this summer has increased, according to local businesses, local French daily Monaco Matin reports.
However, anecdotal evidence is that more people are coming to Monaco on short trips, and the revenues from tourism reflect the fact that hotel occupancy in the Principality has not kept pace, at least for the month of July, local sources say.
The new attractions at the Oceanographic Museum have proven very popular, and the summer exhibition at the Grimaldi Forum has been particularly successful. The fact that children under 18 are admitted free has been a big draw for families. Those with a local railway ticket also receive a discount, so that entry costs only nine euros. This has drawn in many visitors who may be spending their holidays elsewhere along the coast. The Golden Treasures of the Pharaohs continues until September 9.
Official figures for tourism for 2018 will not be published by the Monaco Statistical Office until much later.