Tourism: victims of their success, several regions are facing overcrowding



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E.Bonnasse, M.Barrois, D.Aysun, J.Blondel, France 3 Regions – France 3

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Victims of their own success, many regions are experiencing tourist overcrowding this summer. Some sites are taken by storm, and even totally saturated, to the chagrin of local residents. So some of them have put in place or are considering restrictive measures.

Crowded beaches, queues to reach mountain peaks… Everywhere in France, the tourist regions are experiencing overcrowding this summer. So, to avoid traffic jams and protect nature, some sites seek to limit the number of tourists. This is the case at the Tendon waterfall (Vosges). A box installed at the entrance to the trail lists the number of tourists, and alerts on the overcrowding of the site. These data will then be studied, and quotas could be introduced, as is the case recently in Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhone).

At the entrance to the creeks of Marseille, some hikers are now turned away if they have not reserved their place. Others, more far-sighted, registered well in advance, and were able to take advantage of a beach five times less full than usual. “I believe that we have to find a balance, that is to say that we need tourists, and therefore we must continue to bring in tourists, but we must do everything to try to distribute them better in the time, better distribute them over the territory”explains Patrick Vicerytourism expert. Tourism represents 7% of French GDP, or 170 billion euros each year.

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