Amphis pour Tous - French mountain tourism: a demographic breakdown?

April 24, 2018 6:00 PM - April 24, 2018 19:30

The conference "France's tourist mountains: demographics at a standstill?", presented by Christophe Gauchon, Professor of the Environnements, Dynamiques et Territoires de la Montagne (EDYTEM) Laboratory, UFR Sciences et Montagne, will take place. Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 6pm at the USMB Presidency in Chambéry.

It will also be held on :

  • Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 6pm in Annecy (La Turbine sciences, Place Chorus, Cran-Gevrier 74960 Annecy)
  • Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 6:30pm in Albertville (Le Dôme Cinéma, 135 place de l'Europe)


When mountain tourism development policies were launched in the post-war decades, they were aimed not only at developing economic activities, but also at halting the demographic decline that had been going on for too long. At first, these objectives seemed to have been achieved. However, over the past twenty years, many of the communes within the "snow perimeter" have once again recorded negative migratory balances: of an initial sample of 27 communes supporting winter sports resorts in the Northern Alps (Isère, Savoie and Haute-Savoie departments), 23 were in this situation between 2008 and 2013. And 10 of them have had a continuous negative balance since 1990!

While the region's appeal as a tourist destination continues, it has not been matched by its residential appeal. The conference will take a close look at this trend, and seek to identify possible explanations.