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This-french-life-threeTHE number of tourists visiting Dordogne this year fell by around 30% as holidaymakers tightened their belts this summer.

Many restaurant owners and holiday resorts said August had saved their season, after July proved very difficult and thankfully a better end of season saw numbers up by around five to ten per cent.

The Dordogne's poor summer season was seen across other parts of Aquitaine, while there was a 10% fall in numbers on the coastal regions of Languedoc-Roussillon.

People decided to use the holiday homes of friends and family this year, instead of booking hotel stays or tent pitches, with cutbacks also made when ordering meals in restaurants.

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Meg Shephard

As owners of an apartment, we can confirm the fall. Less American, Australians and Brits. However, we already have some enquiries for next year which is much earlier than the norm.

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