The wind farm, an opportunity for the tourist sector

To better understand the stakes for the tourism sector, Ailes Marines turned to professional organisations such as the Bay of Saint-Brieuc Tourism Office and the Departmental Tourism Committee of Côtes-d'Armor. The offshore wind farm in the Bay of Saint-Brieuc is visible from the coast.

This new element of the landscape may spark the curiosity of the general public. Reflection has thus begun on developing fun and scientific tourism, and a potential new business—"green industrial tourism".

 As of now, Ailes Marines suggests: 

  • Building panoramic view points in various locations of the Bay of Saint-Brieuc, where there will be binoculars and explanations of the project displayed
  • Boat excursions on passenger shuttles to go closer to the wind farm


Example of a panoramic view point project

These are just initial proposals, as a working group has been set up with Côtes-d'Armor Développement, which handles aspects such as tourism in the department. The objectives of this working group are to:

  • Include the project in the existing tourism offer
  • Broaden the customer base with an ambitious offer
  • Present a concrete and polished proposal of a local and structural tourism project, prior to the installation of the wind farm


Offshore wind and tourism: the exemple of the Nysted wind farm in Denmark

A study¹ on the Nysted offshore wind farm in Denmark was conducted for the Scottish government. This wind farm was commissioned in 2003 and is 9 km from the coast. It has 72 wind turbines that are 110 metres tall (including the blade tips). The main lessons from the study show that:


  • The number of Nysted campsite visitors has been increasing over the past few years and has not been affected by the wind farm.
  • In response to demand, the boat excursions planned for the installation phase continued in the operational phase.
  • Real estate prices remained stable.


Bréhat Island


¹According to a report commissioned by the Scottish government, published in March 2008: "Economic Impacts of Wind Farms on Scottish Tourism".