Facts and figures
- Facts and figures
The portfolio of facts about Angers Loire Valley is impressive. The combination of urban and rural landscape brings together 68 separate communes and 300,000 inhabitants. At its heart is Angers, the 3rd largest city in Western France (after Nantes and Rennes) and the 2nd most important economic centre in the Pays de la Loire region.
Tourism is an important part of the regional offering. There are over 150 historic sites in the area. In 2011, more than 700,000 people visited one or more of the 15 key visitor sites in Angers and its surrounding area. The city’s ambition to grow its visitor profile saw a boost with the opening in 2010 of Terra Botanica, Europe’s first interactive educational park dedicated to plants and trees.
Business visitors are important too and a new Congress centre is due to open in 2017, adding further capacity to the existing conferencing and events facilities located throughout the city.
The Val de Loire is 3rd largest wine growing region in France with over 42,000 hectares in production. The vineyards of Anjou and Saumur have 32 AOC labels and include many famous wines such as Savennières AOC, Coteaux de l'Aubance and Anjou-Villages Brissac. Dry and sweet whites, soft and perfumed rosé, fruity and structured reds, plus a variety of sparklings are all found in this region renowned for its microclimate and variety of soils. As a result, it is the horticultural heartland of France. In 2012, it also received the prestigious wine tourism accreditation: ATOUT France destination ‘Vignobles et Decouvertes’.
Manufacturing and the services industry are significant within the region and over 6,000 companies have established a presence in and around Angers. Specific sectors include automotive, capital equipment, transportation, chemicals, information technology, computer technology, sciences, and horticulture.
Vegepolys, located in Angers, is a centre for technological and horticultural excellence and international promotion; it represents 4,000 companies and 25,000 jobs. The annual ‘Made in Angers’ event attracts over 20,000 visitors, visiting companies throughout the city and local area.
32,000 students spread across four campus sites have chosen Angers for the diversity of its teaching as well as its quality of life.
The environment is part of the region’s cultural identity too. There are 638 hectares of public green spaces including 20 parks and gardens in Angers. The city also has a nautical centre, a recreational park and many walking and cycle routes.