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Tourism in Brittany

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Tourism in Brittany involves about 13 million visitors per year. It is an important sector of the region's economy, it represents just under 10 % of Brittany's GDP and is responsible for around 70,000 jobs. Its seasonality extends from May to September, and it mainly concerns the coastline, particularly in the departments of Finistère and Morbihan.

The first tourists began to visit the area at the beginning of the 19th century, attracted by the quality of its mineral waters and the possibility of sea bathing. The first seaside resorts apearred on the coast in the 1830s, such as Saint-Malo, gradually replacing therapeutic motivation by more hedonistic dynamics. Its social base gradually broadened during the Interwar period to become less aristocratic and more bourgeois. Activities are diverse, including a form of cultural tourism, tourism of the landscape and certain aspects of Breton culture. The advent of paid vacation in 1936 brought Brittany into the era of Mass Tourism , and induced the need to protect the environment from its excess.

Seaside tourism represents the largest part of Brittany's tourism industry, ecotourism is also notable in central Brittany, complemented by urban tourism in the largest cities. The culture of the region and its heritage are main reasons people visit, as are its natural sites, its cuisine, and its leisure activities (festivals, sports facilities, etc.).


Beginnings in the 19th century[edit]

Rise of the first seaside resorts in the first half of the 19th century[edit]

Institutional framework[edit]

La région Bretagne partage avec les départements qui la composent des compétences dans le domaine du tourisme. Elle dispose d'une vice-présidente dédiée à cette problématique, et d'un service opérationnel, le Comité Régional de Tourisme de Bretagne. Ses actions se développent autour de 10 aires touristiques, englobant aussi des sites en Manche et en Loire-Atlantique, dans le cadre d'un contrat de destination établi avec Atout France,.

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