French Countryside Pushes Back Tourists with Quotas

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July 18. National park and rural authorities in France have absorbed lessons from domestic over-tourism during the pandemic.

France’s national parks and countryside towns are implementing systems and strategies to manage the flow of traffic amid the summer travel boom.

During the pandemic, residents flocked to France’s parks and countryside, a megatrend Skift highlighted last year. Towns and villages like Etretat saw higher foot traffic than usual from Paris.

“During the past two years, there were tens of thousands of people coming, especially from the metro Paris region, to this small village which is tucked away between two cliffs,” said Normandy Tourism Marketing Manager for English-Speaking Markets Ben Collier.

With the surge came overcrowding, traffic congestion and overstuffed trash bins, impacting the quality of life of residents. “What the locals complained about were the people who came from Paris for the day who didn’t take care of the local community,” Collier said.

Last summer, overcrowding damaged some of the Calanques National Park’s flora and fauna, according to Marseille Tourism. Some areas are also experiencing soil erosion.

This year, local authorities have responded by implementing systems and strategies to limit foot traffic.  The Assembly of Corsica adopted daily quotas to protect the environments of its popular destination sites. Starting this month, Lavezzi Islands, Restonica Valley and Bavella Needles will have quotas. Visitors will have to make a reservation in advance, and residents will be given priority.

Source: Skift

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