(Paris) If tourists still associate France with high-end catering, Spain and Italy take priority when it comes to local gastronomy, a Torna Harris Interactive survey of almost 30,000 international travelers conducted for Atout France shows.

French hospitality and excessive prices are hurting tourism destinations, according to a survey published Tuesday by the French Tourism Agency, even as Paris prepares to welcome 15 million tourists for this summer’s Olympics.

A total of 28,844 people from around 30 countries were asked about their travel intentions online between March 12 and April 2, with Spain and Italy tied for first place, and France in third place.

When it comes to fine dining, wine tours, shopping and sporting events, France ranks higher than its two Mediterranean neighbours in the visitors’ association’s ideas.

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Conversely, Spain and Italy stand out for their charming villages, natural heritage, cultural sites and local gastronomy.

“One of France’s greatest difficulties is the competition with neighboring countries (…), which today are much more positively perceived on issues that are weaknesses of French destinations: the weather is not always good, the reception of the facilities is criticized, prices are considered high, but the capacity to offer swimming and relaxation is perceived as relatively limited…” the authors point out.

According to another survey published on Tuesday by the TheFork platform, not all is lost for French catering, as Olympic spectators have already started booking.

The site (formerly La Fourchette, owned by TripAdvisor) has seen bookings during the games more than double compared to the previous year, particularly for opening ceremony days on July 26 and 27.

Additionally, according to TheFork, 50% of reservations are being made at fine dining restaurants.

In addition to its own data, the platform also invited Opinionway to survey the intentions of French people in restaurants this summer, with 90% of those questioned clearly stating that “during the Olympic and Paralympic Games they would rather dine at a table than eat outside.”

The vast majority of respondents (86%) said they wanted to (re)discover French cuisine, with 50% of them particularly fond of regional dishes.

Additionally, the platform indicates that it is partnering with the government, especially with an eye on the Paralympics, to enable people with disabilities to find and book adapted tables on the site by adding the Acceslibre filter.