THE 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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