Tourism

FRENCH NATURE PARKS PLAN TO BECOME DESTINATIONS IN THEIR OWN RIGHT

The Federation of Regional Nature Parks of France needs to reap the benefits of the recognition of ecotourism locations amongst holidaymakers looking for environmentally pleasant holidays.

With the recognition of “inexperienced” holidays, France’s 53 regional nature parks wish to turn out to be ecotourism locations in their very own proper and are getting ready particularly for the launch of stays combining lodging and actions in 2020.

These regional nature parks – of which two are abroad in Martinique and French Guiana – characterize greater than 15% of the French territory. They have been created in 1967 by Common de Gaulle, and are managed by blended unions bringing collectively native authorities. Their mission is to guard landscapes and pure heritage, to contribute to spatial planning and to make sure that the general public is welcomed and knowledgeable.

“Not like nationwide parks, with which we are sometimes confused, regional nature parks are inhabited. And we’re working for the event of those territories, as biodiversity shouldn’t be against human exercise,” says Mickaël Weber, President of the Federation of Regional Pure Parks of France. “We wish to elevate our profile, promote our environmental values and make sure that parks are recognized as ecotourism locations. We’re able to create a tourism provide,” he says.

The Federation needs to reap the benefits of the holidaymakers’ enthusiasm for “inexperienced” and eco-friendly holidays. “Customers ask themselves a whole lot of questions, for instance about whether or not or to not take a airplane. There’s a quest for that means, they do not simply wish to see lovely landscapes. And we wish to carry this undertaking ahead by proposing progressive tourism tasks,” provides Éric Brua, director of the federation.

He signifies that regional nature parks goal to supply, from 2020, “stays by way of an interface the place lodging and actions may be booked. We are going to begin by putting in what already exists, as a result of some parks, equivalent to Queyras, already provide vacationer stays in motels or cottages with hikes.”

The federation may also depend on its registered trademark “Regional Pure Park Values”, a label that promotes native meals merchandise (meat, greens, jams) in addition to eating places and lodging, and which advantages some 2,000 corporations working within the parks.

“I might say that my territory is outstanding for its simplicity. With few inhabitants, there’s a actual rural character, as in lots of different parks. However we’re additionally progressive: in June, the 1, 340-kilometer lengthy bicycle crossing of the Massif Central will probably be inaugurated, with each 40 kilometers of terminals to recharge electrical ATVs,” mentioned Philippe Connan, president of the Millevaches park in Limousin.

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