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French campsites gain 3.3% visitors

French campsites saw visitor numbers increase by 3.3 per cent in 2006, according to new official figures.

The French Tourism Ministry has confirmed the country was the most popular tourist destination in 2006 carrying on from its success the previous year.

In total, 78 million visitors travelled to France in 2006, which represented a 2.7 per cent increase on the figures in 2005.

And campsites enjoyed a particular boost as tourists were drawn from all over to experience the fine countryside, food and ‘joi de vivre’ of French life.

Tourism revenues increased by 2.5 per cent on the 2005 figures, up from €34 billion.

Languedoc-Roussillon, which has a wide selection of comfortable caravan sites, was one of the most popular regions in France for tourists last year.

The French tourist industry employs around 846,000 people in total and makes up approximately 6.5 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product.