French Waterways and the VNF will partner in the first ever representation of France’s unique inland waterway network promoting waterways tourism opportunities at Europe’s biggest boat show later this month.
The annual BOOT boat show takes place in Dusseldorf (19 – 27 January) and will this year host an Inland Waterways International* pavillion in Hall 14. On Stand E22, French Waterways (FW) and Voies navigables de France (VNF) join forces to celebrate the 8,000km network of commercial and touristic rivers and canals, including the renowned Canal du Midi, Seine, Rhone, Saone and Garonne as well as more than 80 lesser-known but equally enchanting minor rivers and traditional canals.
More than 250,000 visitors from 95+ countries are expected at the show during the nine days, all interested in buying, fitting-out, renting or cruising in a boat.
Stand E22 will provide detailed information of all navigable routes and the kinds of holidays available afloat.
Featured on the stand will be hotel barges Savannah and Luciole which operate in the Canal du Midi and Burgundy regions. Also featured will be self-drive hire-boats from Locaboat.
French Waterways offers inspiration for all those wanting to explore France by boat.
Managing Director, James Newcombe, comments: “France’s waterways network is unique in the world and the variety of boating options is sufficiently varied to appeal to all ages and budgets. Growing numbers of tourists delight in the off-the-beaten-track type access that boating holidays provide to the abundant cultural and gastronomic attractions across France.”
VNF is the state authority which manages the majority of the waterway network of France ensuring navigability and safety. VNF’s Head of Tourism, Frederic Millet, comments: “I’m excited to be expanding tourism on our waterways – the potential is vast. We are investing in new infrastructure and many environmentally sustainable projects, as well as regular maintenance, to enhance waterway tourism’s contribution in all regions.”
FRENCH WATERWAYS is the world’s leading authority about cruising in France, providing inspiration and information about how to enjoy the French waterways aboard a self-drive hire boat, a luxury hotel barge or a larger river cruise ship – as well as ‘hands-on’ resources for those exploring on their own boat. The 400-page website describes the waterways in detail enabling online visitors to choose which cruiseto purchase from a partner company.A key section of its popular website www.french-waterways. is Google top-10 rated for over 40 search terms) is its focus on Destinations within France, their geographical and cultural variety, and the excellent cuisine, wines and touristic delights to be found in each region.