A go slow for tourism trade in south west France
The Sud Ouest newspaper reports on an initial study by the Comité Régional du Tourisme d'Aquitaine of the first half of July that found only a quarter of those involved in the tourism industry were satisfied with the trade they've had.
The popular tourist town of Monflanquin, in the Lot-et-Garonne, has seen fewer visitors to its tourism office than last year, but still up on 2010.
The economic crisis, as well as the poor weather, has been blamed for the general feeling of disappointment and that holiday makers have been leaving it late to book a break so that they can chase the sunshine.
Another reason for the decline is the rising price of petrol with tourists looking to go to events offering free admission, staying close to their holiday home and some looking for places to stay on the edge or in towns to reduce travel costs.
What is the feeling about this summer's tourism trade where you live, do you think numbers are up or down on last year? Please feel free to comment below.