The Nouvelle-Aquitaine region offers a host of natural gems that make for fantastic tourism opportunities throughout the year.
- With its 720 km of coastline and 2,000 hours of annual sunshine, seaside tourism is a balmy blessing for the region's economy. The islands in the Charente archipelago (Ile de Ré, Ile d'Oléron and Ile d'Aix) and the Gironde, Landes and Pyrénées-Atlantiques beaches attract tourists from around the world.
- The Dune du Pilat near Arcachon single-handedly attracts nearly 1.4 million visitors every year. Water sports, and surfing in particular, bring in tourists in their droves: the surf in the Basque country and in the Landes and Médoc regions are attracting more and more visitors, particularly during international competitions which give a real boost to the local tourist economy.
- In the southern part of the region, the Pyrenees welcome mountain lovers to resorts all year round.
- Northern Spain and its major tourist destinations (Hondarribia, Irun, etc.) are easily accessible from Nouvelle-Aquitaine.
All of these destinations are quick and easy to get to from Bordeaux Airport.
In a bid to attract both business visitors and tourists alike, Nouvelle-Aquitaine's towns and cities have been equipped with modern infrastructures.
Various industries already have a firm foothold in the Bordeaux area and across the wider region.
- Over 10% of jobs in Nouvelle-Aquitaine are linked to the industrial sector.
- The aeronautics, aerospace and defence sectors account for 70,000 jobs in 900 different companies. The 'giants' in this sector include Safran, Dassault Aviation and Stelia Aerospace, all of which have significant presence across the region.
- With nearly 50,000 employees in the sector, Nouvelle-Aquitaine is France's fourth biggest digital region.
- The town of Niort in the Deux-Sèvres area is known as 'the insurance capital '. Lots of different types of insurance companies have their head offices here.
Sources : https://www.parcsdactivites.com https://www.nouvelle-aquitaine.fr
- 27 million tourists every year.
- Futuroscope: 1.6 million visitors per year.
- Saint-Émilion old town: 1 million visitors per year.
- France's third biggest economic region (GDP: €158bn).
- 11 competitiveness clusters.
- 47,000 new start-ups every year.
Source : www.nouvelle-aquitaine.fr 2016 figures