Stephen Parsons, House of Travel Stephen Parsons Palmerson North; Richard Froggatt, Regency Tourism Marketing / ATOUT France; French Secretary of State for Veterans and Remembrance, Jean-Marc Todeschini; French Ambassador Florence Jeanblanc-Risler and Richard Fletcher, Fine Travel Stephen Parsons, House of Travel Stephen Parsons Palmerson North; Richard Froggatt, Regency Tourism Marketing / ATOUT France; French Secretary of State for Veterans and Remembrance, Jean-Marc Todeschini; French Ambassador Florence Jeanblanc-Risler and Richard Fletcher, Fine Travel

Western Front sites promoted

France’s Western Front historic sites were promoted to the travel trade last week when the French Secretary of State for Veterans and Remembrance, Jean-Marc Todeschini visited New Zealand.
With Armistice Day celebrated just days ago on 11 November, interest in the site remains strong especially from Kiwis who recognise that 25% of all New Zealanders killed during WW1 are still buried in France.
The French Tourism Office, ATOUT France, has appointed New Zealand’s Regency Tourism Marketing to assist in the distribution of Remembrance Tourism Sites Sales Manual, to encourage Kiwis to visit the many

battlefields and remembrance sites. ‘The sales manual concentrates on interesting information from a New Zealand perspective,’ explains Regency Tourism Marketing’s Richard Froggatt. ‘It has excellent itinerary suggestions together with the contacts of organisations in France that can assist with further information.’
Earlier this month the French Embassy revealed the winning design for a war memorial to be installed in Pukeahu National Memorial Park in Wellington. The $870,000 memorial will be paid for by the French Defence Ministry and includes stone shipped from Caen in the north of France. It will be constructed next year and opened in 2018.
The brochure of French historic WWI sites can be downloaded HERE.

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