Published on : Friday, January 20, 2017
Tourism has brought a great change in Bordeaux. Due to tourism, it has now become one of the world’s most celebrated destinations. After a nearly 15-year effort, Bordeaux recaptured its 18th-century beauty with a meticulous restoration effort. The entire historical center of Bordeaux was named a World Heritage Site in 2007. Urban designers are taking an interest in Bordeaux ever since.
Tourism is Bordeaux’s new economic engine. Bordeaux needs to attract tourists for its financial foundation. Bordeaux is a rare example of a city that carefully planned to put the tourism industry at the center of its expensive makeover and future. And no doubt, this gamble has paid off. Truly, Bordeaux has surpassed all expectations. In 2015 it was named Europe’s favorite tourist destination by European Best Destinations. The New York Times ranked it at No. 2 on its list of places to visit in 2016. And Lonely Planet and the Los Angeles Times named it the top city in the world to visit in 2017. In 2010, Bordeaux welcomed 2.4 million visitors. In 2015, that number was up to 5.8 million.
Bordeaux is now one of the top-three French regions for financial growth, with a per-capita income above the national average. It was voted the French city most preferred by employees, as well as the happiest. Youth unemployment has also dropped n the last 18 months. What is most important in its sustainable growth. Bordeaux was named France’s best city for preserving biodiversity and one of the top 10 for creating green spaces and recycling waste. It has set the benchmark for small-city tourism.