“In 2020, Nouvelle-Aquitaine will be not only the biggest region, but also the number one tourist destination”
The figures speak for themselves. The Nouvelle-Aquitaine region is the:
- The biggest region in France – 84,000 sq km • ● #1 agricultural region in Europe
- #3 economic region in France, with €158bn turnover at last count
- 2 aeronautical region in France
- #1 region for forested lands, with 2.8m Ha of forests
- 5.8 million inhabitants in 12 departments OBJECTIVES FOR 2020
- to become the #1 destination for French tourists (27.5m – +14.5%)
- to become the #3 French destination for international tourists (4.5m – +38%)
- overall 32 million tourists (+19% over 2017)
- €15m in tourism revenues (+25%)
- 140,000 jobs (+35%)
With 14 UNESCO world heritage sites, and 28 of the “most beautiful French villages”, along with an incredible 720 km of coastline, Nouvelle-Aquitaine will be targeting local and global outbound tourism markets in order to achieve its ambitious goals. To achieve the projected targets, the capacity and quality of the region’s hospitality offering will be increased in line with improved air, road and rail links, and new, exciting promotional and branding campaigns are set to be launched in order to foster interest among potential travellers.
CREATION OF A NEW WEBSITE
The creation of visit-nouvelle-aquitaine. com, in collaboration with Atout France, along the lines of France.fr, is set to be a key element in the promotion of the region. At the same time, a new social network strategy has been developed: “listen/ analyse/influence” – leveraging renowned players. The new website and strategy of e-reputation will be structured around strong brands, with a campaign of communication across various media.
Bordeaux city and wine area Among the vineyards, near the Atlantic Ocean and the Pyrenees mountains, Bordeaux proudly raises its splendid facades on the banks of the Garonne river. Bordeaux is the first urban area to be distinguished by the UNESCO with such a vast and complex boundary. Its classic and neo-classic architecture has seen barely and stylistic change for over two centuries and the city has over 350 buildings classified or listed as historic monuments. And when it comes to wine, names like Margaux, Saint-Estèphe, Pomerol, Pauillac, Saint-Emilion, and Côtes de Blaye set the taste buds dancing.
Dordogne Valley and Périgord
The Dordogne area is a land of many assets: from gastronomy (foie gras, truffles, etc.) to historical heritage (from the Lascaux caves to medieval villages and castles – Beynac, Castelnaud, etc.) – but also of outdoor activities such as canoeing, golf, cycling, and fishing. As part of the Man and Biodiversity project, the Dordogne Valley was named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2012, the entire watershed sheltering great biodiversity and containing one of the biggest estuaries in Europe.
From Pays de la Loire to the Landes via Ile de Ré, this is the kingdom of water sports, cycling paths and lively seaside resorts. Visitors are always taken aback by the Atlantic Coast’s unforgettable beaches and panoramas.
Biarritz and Pays Basque
Two strong identities, the Pays Basque (on the Atlantic side) and small villages (inland), and an offering combining the countryside, the mountains and the seaside.
Charente Valley and Cognac Country
In Cognac, town and eau-de-vie are one. So, a stay in Cognac would not be complete without a visit to a grand spirit merchant to learn the secrets of distillation or discover the ageing cellars and the “Paradis”, the cellar where the oldest eaux-de-vie are jealously kept.
Pyrénées, Pau Béarn
In the city of Pau, the Boulevard des Pyrénées is one of the favourite spots among locals: facing due south, they settle on the terraces of the cafés in the shade of the palm trees as soon as the sun comes out and admire the Pyrenean peaks as they think, depending on the season, about downhill skiing (in winter), about walks in the mountains and about excursions in the nearby Jurançon wine area (all year round). The castle of Henri IV, the Maison Bernadotte and the Fine Arts Museum are all essential sites to visit.
Poitiers & Futuroscope
Futuroscope is one of France’s most loved theme parks. In 2017, the park celebrated its 30th anniversary. Visitors won’t find roller-coasters or carrousels at Futuroscope but dynamic cinemas, gigantic screens, and even dancing with robots. Meanwhile, Poitiers, also known as “the city of 100 bell towers”, with its 2,000-year-old history and heritage, are a marked contrast from Futuroscope.
Limoges – Aubusson
Limousin gets its generous nature from two simple ingredients: water and earth. The people of Limousin added resistance, ingenuity, creativity and energy to these basic ingredients, engendering skills which have given the region its international prominence: porcelain, enamel, tapestry, and lace. “Made in Limousin” attracts and inspires France’s nest brands, the world’s most renowned artists, designers, architects, creators and researchers, who come to Limousin for their talent to be blended with its expertise and research.
Imagine a magical landscape of shady cattle meadows criss-crossed by tranquil waterways; a landscape of pretty villages where bikes and boats are traditional forms of transport and where local people work to the rhythm of the seasons. Welcome to the Marais Poitevin or ‘Green Venice’, a protected natural area classified “Grand Site de France” and regional Nature Park of the Marais Poitevin since 2014.
SIX KEY AREAS OF PROMOTION
Specific offerings are set to be made to a number of key areas of interest, including:
- Gastronomy and wine tourism (art de vivre and savoir faire) • Wellness (mountain tourism, seaside, thermal spas)
- Itinerant visits – Cycling or Cruising (river and sea)
- Sports (golf, surfing, boating, cycling, rugby, skiing)
- Heritage Tourism and City Breaks (culture, nightlife, shopping)
- “Savoir Faire” .