Background and Attractions
- Eastern France, near the border of Italy and Switzerland.
- Around 5 million visitors per year.
- Home to Mer de Glace (longest glacier in France).
- Winter attractions, such as: Skiing, snowboarding, dog sledding, ice climbing etc.
-Summer attractions, such as: Hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, mountaineering etc.
Impacts of Tourism
- Lots of jobs created: 2500 seasonal workers per year.
- Companies make lots of money: Compagnie du Mont Blanc has a turnover of 50 m euros from running ski lifts.
- Change in the area's jobs, from farm labour to catering.
- Develpoments increase the avalanche risk, leading to deaths: 2017 Italian avalanche killed 29.
- More traffic, meaning more pollution: In 2002-2004 traffic pollution was worse than Paris.
- Lots of energy used to run facilities, this increses CO2 and therefore global warming.
- Visual pollution, developments ruin the natural beauty of the region.
- System of avalanche barriers, such as the one at Taconnaz.
- Avalanche awareness courses and daily bulletins.
- Free public transport, using low emission buses.
- Hotels installing solar panels to heat water, and lights which turn off automatically, in order to reduce their energy use and therefore their CO2 emissions.
- Investing money into renovating footpaths and historic buildings.