Minister promotes waterways tourism benefits

The Minister for Tourism, Sylvia Pinel, recently highlighted the benefits to France of ‘tourisme fluvial’ – waterways tourism. Madame Pinel, one of France’s youngest government members, at a meeting at Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune (Canal du Centre) promoted the tangible benefits that were experienced by shops, crafts-people and the local population. “France does…

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World Canals Conference – Toulouse

The 26th World Canals Conference (WCC) convened by Inland Waterways International will take place in Toulouse from 16th-19th September 2013. France’s ‘Ville Rose’ is pulling out all the stops to make the event even more memorable than previous conferences of which the most recent were Yangzhou, China in 2012 and…

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Vinci Awarded 30-Year Waterway Contract

Construction multi-national Vinci (UK readers will recognise their ownership of Norwest-Holst and Taylor Woodrow) has been awarded a 30-year contract by VNF to modernise and maintain installations on the Aisne and the Meuse. At a value of 270 million euros, this is a significant element in VNF’s modernisation strategy, and…

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