White water sports are recovering

The White Water Sports and Outdoor Activities sector is resuming development projects to become one of the strongest links to green tourism along the Aude River.

The Aude Vive Association, a divisional group of white water sports companies, plans to bow in 2022. After the 2018 and 2020 vintages, Aude Vive is followed by a two-year Covid who lost some of him. Flock, the outlook for 2022 is pretty optimistic. “We are on the rise, as explained by the Treasurer of the Association Didier Astre, which promises a strong economic and tourist recovery with the resurgence of all civilians, individuals, holiday centers and business seminars. To these, foreign customers are added – mainly Belgian, Dutch, German – French customers acquired during the health crisis continue to book in Aude.

It must be said that the department has some assets in its river, its true backbone. The first concern is that Aude is the only river in Occitanie, capable of sailing about 150 km and practicing all the sports of whitewater, canyoning, rafting, hydrospeed, canoeing and paddles in the central part. I can do it. Another concern of Aude is its beautifully preserved environment, which enables the development of green tourism in the economically devastated sector of the Upper Valley and works in line with the environment and thus ecology. “This development is one of the driving forces of the sector’s tourism chain.To please Didier Astre, Create direct and indirect work (accommodation, catering, etc.) and participate in collective dynamics. “Sufficient water is still needed to achieve these goals. On this subject, Aude Vive emphasizes the important nature of mastering the management and coordination of water resources. “We will sail throughout the summer, thanks to the Matmar Agreement with the farmers and the amount of water allocated to agriculture, and the Eau de Pyrenees and EDF commune to ensure specific water emissions. Negotiated a white water agreement with the community of. An additional system that enhances the collective use of water for more than 16 days in the spring. Can be used for all other uses, drinking water, irrigation, power generation, environment, or midi canal. .. Didier Astre has specified renegotiation – “decide” – Of these amounts of water, it must be done in the sub-prefecture on April 28th.

For their development, Whitewater Sports must also play on training levers, and Audive is driving the creation of a specialized sector in Aude. This equipment is a necessary prerequisite for creating a sectoral voyage hiking plan across the linear. “We want to enhance our leisure hikes, practice for everyone and invigorate sporting events. To do this, we need equipment.”Didier Astre concludes.

Numeric sector

According to a 2017 survey of the overall vocational and development outlook, the Whitewater Sports / Outdoor Activities sector accounts for approximately 53,000 tourist accommodation services (50% for rafting, 50% for canoeing and canyoning) annually, with an average basket. Is a variety of activities of 35 euros per person, about 100 direct employment, 2.5 million euros sales of Kiran as a local government. There are five white water sports in Aude: canyoning, canoeing, rafting, hydrospeed and canoe loft (a more difficult course than canoeing). To highlight and promote the destination of the Whitewater Sports Aether, a video on the YouTube platform co-funded by the company has recently promoted its assets.