Tourism in Lourdes is expected to be back to normal this summer despite flood damage to the region.
AITO members have hit out at “exaggerated” claims that the area will not be open to tourists as some sites are already re-opening. Some hotels located in low ground have been affected by flooding but there is enough availability in those that are placed higher from the ground, according to AITO member Tangney Tours.
Founder John Tangney said it was found “short of 30,000 bed nights” for the summer when the floods came in last week but has already found alternative arrangements.
“The travelling public must be reassured that Lourdes is back in business; indeed, the whole Hautes Pyrenees region is battling to reopen for its summer season. The French are not holding back on their efforts to help Lourdes recover and every available resource is being deployed in the clean-up,” he said.
He added around 60 hotels have been affected in the town including its own, which is due to reopen in mid-July. Another 180 have remained unaffected by the floods and while some places of worship were temporarily closed, they have started to re-open.