Tourism : what’s the weight of the activity
The tourist actors of the territory, met last Wednesday at the lobby of the city hall of Duras, to the general assembly of the tourist office of the Country of Duras (OT), in the presence of Didier Benedetti, director of the CDT47, Bernadette Dreux, mayor and president of the Community of communes, Bernard Patissou, vice-president community responsible for tourism, Philippe Marmiesse, director of the tourist office of Val de Garonne and the representatives of Infotourisme Duras.
The president Jean-François Blanchet thanked for their participation in this meeting all those involved (elected officials, community representatives of offices of tourism, director of the CDT, hosting providers, hotels and restaurants, telling countries, local producers, guest rooms, castle of Duras…) in any capacity whatsoever to the tourist influence in the territory.
Catherine Dalla Santa, agent of development of the OT, reported on the balance sheet for the year 2016 : the economic impact on the country of Duras represents 9 400 000 euros generated by tourism activity. The office participates in the development of tourism products (holiday guide, guide animations), the animation of leisure. It helps in the organization of festivals and artistic events (Spring of Duras, Roaming medieval markets, country producers, and night markets, wine tourism at the Maison des vignerons, Fête des vignerons, château de Duras wine Fair in Belgium), marketing of tourism products, in partnership with the airport of Bergerac and France Bleu Gironde. It helps to agri-tourism in partnership with the CDT47, anime a website is very looked at by future visitors and offering all the tourist activities, cultural, festive.
The OT is going to continue in 2017 its program of support for animations and events by developing a policy that promotes even more focused, taking account of the new habits and budget of holiday makers. Among the news : the geocaching Terra aventura (treasure hunt), the privilege card for tourists, Owls holiday with V3G, and the development of a page on Facebook.
Although the budget is being tightened due to decreases in grant, Jean-Francois Blanchet believes that the office of tourism of the territory duraquois attached to the offices of France, contributes effectively to the promotion of tourism and economic of the country of Duras.