France’s Var-Provence Named Top Destination by Cruise Panel

The Var-Provence region is the second-leading touristic destination in France just after Paris. Located on the southern coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea at the heart of both Provence and the French Riviera, the region has sunshine for at least 300 days of the year. The region is home to famous places such as Saint-Tropez and the Verdon River Gorge.

In the last two years, the number of cruise passengers has more than doubled. Recently awarded as “Destination of the Year 2010” by a panel of cruise experts, the Var-Provence has established itself as a go-to tourist destination. The Var-Provence Cruise Club will be exhibiting at the Cruise Shipping Miami trade show from March 15 to 17 on the French Pavilion.

In two years the cruise passengers’ number welcomed in Var-Provence has more than doubled and recorded an increase of 165 percent, to reach a total of more than 310,000 cruise passengers welcomed in 2010. Toulon, the leading port of the network, welcomed 85 percent of these visitors thanks to its sheltered facilities that can accommodate the biggest ships currently deployed in the Mediterranean.

Aware of important strides made by the Var-Provence Cruise Club, the cruise community represented by a panel of cruise experts has designated it “Destination of the Year 2010” during the last Seatrade Insider Cruise Awards ceremony held at Seatrade Med in Cannes in last December. This recognition combined with the outstanding growth of the cruise activity in the area make of the Var-Provence more than a growing destination, but a true tourist establishment. For travel destination ideas click here. For more information, email or visit For travel destination ideas click here.

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