From barge-hotel to flyboats, river tourism continued to draw guests in 2018, with a complete of 11.three million passengers transported on the community of 6700 kilometers of rivers and canals in France, managed by French Waterways (VNF). VNF is a public administrative establishment of the Ministries of Ecological and Solidarity Transition and Transport.
This 2% enhance in comparison with 2017 is basically because of the return of international prospects, who symbolize 57% of the overall variety of guests, and as much as 84% for the cruise ship sector.
“The follow of river tourism is a part of the pattern of ‘gradual tourism’, which takes its time and combines the invention of pure and cultural heritage, but in addition sports activities practices or epicurean pleasures (gastronomy, oenology),” stresses Thierry Guimbaud, basic supervisor of French Waterways. VNF additionally states that… “These good outcomes reinforce the expansion of the sector after the difficulties encountered in 2016 face crudes and terrorist assaults.”
It’s the ” strolling boats ” – i.e. cruises lasting a number of hours, which let you uncover cities from the river – which have embarked essentially the most passengers, i.e. 10.6 million, with the Île-de-France accounting for 71% of the exercise.
River tourism took 463,000 folks on board final yr (in comparison with 426,000 in 2017), because of their “turnkey” merchandise that enable guests to find a territory aboard a river liner with a capability of 30 to 150 folks, or on a resort barge.
The Rhine axis was an incredible success, welcoming 48% of passengers who opted for a river cruise. A complete of 133 boats have stopped in Strasbourg, a doubling since 2015.
Progress has additionally continued within the rental (with out a license) of liveable boats – that are lower than 15 meters lengthy and outfitted with sleeping quarters – with 26,000 contracts bought.
General, Voies navigables de France estimates the financial advantages generated by river tourism every year at €630 million.