“What Country Has So Much to Offer?”

in We'll Always Have Paris

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780226473789
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226473802 | DOI:
“What Country Has So Much to Offer?”

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American tourists continued to vote for France, as it remained unchallenged, as their most popular overseas destination. The tourist industries scrambled to profit from the luxury trade that followed the flocking of the celebrities and socialites to France. The sexual overtones of France's image in the movies reflected sex's continuing importance as a draw for American tourists, particularly when public culture in the United States was still in one of its most prim and proper phases. Thousands of students who came to France on their junior year abroad in 1950 were also quite a contrast to the bohemians of the Left Bank. Thus, privileged young people would help keep alive the old belief that visiting France could be a personally transforming experience.

Keywords: American tourists; France; tourist industries; sexual overtones; students

Chapter.  10637 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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