Britons, Irish flocking to the French Riviera

9th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

NICE, France, Jan 9 (AFP) - Tourists from Britain and Ireland are flocking in ever greater numbers to the French Riviera, helping make the region the second-most visited in France after Paris, the area's chamber of commerce said Monday.

NICE, France, Jan 9 (AFP) -  Tourists from Britain and Ireland are flocking in ever greater numbers to the French Riviera, helping make the region the second-most visited in France after Paris, the area's chamber of commerce said Monday.

More than a million Britons stayed on France's stretch of Mediterranean coast in 2005, the body said.

That was a 9.6 percent rise over the previous year, it said, extrapolating from hotel check-ins, which require guests to fill out their nationality and which account for around half the estimated sojourns.

The chamber of commerce said the wave of Britons heading to southern climes of their EU neighbour were also staying slightly longer than in previous years, especially during the June-July summer vacation period.

And the number of Irish heading to the sunny shore of southern France jumped by more than a third last year compared to 2004, the biggest surge of any nationality.

The British were the second-biggest foreign contingent to descend on the French Riviera, after Italians, the chamber of commerce said.

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