February 24, 2024

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At Le Touquet, British tourists attracted attention

At Le Touquet, British tourists attracted attention

Maximilien Carlier / Credits: Ludovic Marin / AFP

English tourists love the Hauts-de-France. In 2023, the region broke the attendance record, with a significant influx of people from the UK in particular. In Le Touquet, these are the delights of tourism professionals.

Hauts-de-France attracts more people. This year 2023, the region broke the record for tourist arrivals. According to an INSEE study, more than 10 million overnight stays were recorded this year, an increase of 3.6% over the previous year. The region has particularly benefited from the return of British tourists, such as Le Touquet, where they feel much better.

“It's a great place”

At this bar, Leslie and Graham toast the holidays. The couple are from Leeds and are staying in Le Touquet for a week. “We come to rest and spend New Year is here. We walk on the beach, the people are nice, we eat well, the wine is fantastic this year,” explains Leslie to Europe 1. “We love it. It’s a great place,” says his companion.

Alexandre, a waiter at this establishment, noticed a veritable influx of tourists from across the Channel. “They're traveling less and less from home. And post-Covid, it's true that they're closer to British shores.” Obviously, a lot to do with the Rugby World Cup, hotels are sometimes 70% filled with Englishmen.

Céline, Bristol's director of the city, is happy: “Every day, from morning to evening, we speak English in the hotel. It's a very pleasant, good-natured customer. We need it here in Le Touquet”. Hopefully we'll see more of that this summer, the manager adds. With the Olympic Games, some will inevitably pass here.

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