Many tourists catching ferries from Dover to Calais
will make wartime battlefields the object of their visit to northern France, but some may consider extending their trip across the border into the Belgian region of Flanders.
The area's tourism authorities will use the global travel industry's World Travel Market 2012 expo in London this November to promote trips based on the history of the area between 1914 and 1918, when battles such as those at Ypres raged.
Project leader for the Great War Centenary at Flanders Tourism Veerle Viaene remarked: "Even if you are not a descendant of someone who fought here in Flanders, the area is still very moving for anyone who visits it and visitors are fascinated by it."
The In Flanders Fields Museum at Ypres has been re-opened this year after being extensively rebuilt and expanded.
Visitors to France and the low countries may also wish to visit Verdun in northern France, scene of one of the most notoriously bloody battles of the whole war in 1916.
Posted by Andrew Smith