Rendezvous with the France Meeting and Convention Board for your business events!
ORGANIZE A CONGRESS IN FRANCE
Already the number one tourist destination in the world, France was ranked 5th in the most recent top 20 country ranking by number of meeting organised in 2014 ICCA ratings: (ICCA: International Congress and Convention Association), hosting 527 international conferences and conventions every year according to ICCA’s statistics. In 2015, Paris remains the 1st world congress cities capital. France is also a dynamic economic destination with 18 international competitiveness clusters – or centres of excellence – spread throughout the country. France is also introducing new initiatives, such as the new hotel classification system, which is now aligned with international standards. During the organisation of your events, our professional skills will prove to be a real asset, complemented by France’s ability to organise major functions, to continually invest in infrastructure and to share its rich culture. Benefit from our expertise and make your conference or convention a truly memorable experience for your organisation. Innovation, infrastructure, culture and hospitality all define France as the ideal destination for your next congress.
DYNAMIC ECONOMY AND SCIENTIFIC LEADERSHIP
France has the world’s sixth largest economy and is ranked third in Europe, emerging as a true model of innovation. Home to 71 innovation clusters —18 of which are international in scope— the country also boasts 2,500 R&D projects. These competitiveness poles provide a better means to identify the operational goals of major business sectors, along with the human, material and financial resources required to achieve them. Clusters constitute a valuable resource of expertise for national and international associations and federations as they comprise companies, research laboratories and training facilities.
INFRASTRUCTURE THAT MEETS YOUR NEEDS
France offers a wide range of exclusive venues: 95 conventions centres for a total of 147,900 seats; 2000 venues with a capacity of up to 200 guests; 15 convention centres capable of hosting more than 4000 delegates; 80 exhibition centres for a total area of 1,800,000m². France's hotel industry offers access to auditoriums, conference rooms and more. Choose from over 13,000 hotels that have adopted the new classification system designed to attract the international market.
EASE OF ACCESS
With 17 international airports, France is a destination of choice for event planners. France is also the only European country to offer such quick and easy access to neighbouring countries, with key destinations located just a few hours away.
A COMMITTED TEAM
Understanding your expectations and objectives in order to help you successfully organise your congress is our sole priority. What has changed in France? France now acts and speaks with a single voice. Following the clusters model, French congress professionals work together, comparing knowledge of the market to improve the quality of their services.
A single contact point at city level: the Convention Bureau or Congress Centre is your one-stop shop for:
- Support and advice
- Helping to compile a bid
- Linking you with local professionals and institutions
- Providing you with promotional tools
- Organising site inspections.
A single contact point at national level: The France Meetings and Convention Board.
The France Meetings and Convention Board’s mission is to promote France as a destination to event and meeting planners from abroad —business firms, national and international associations, incentive travel agents— in order to increase or rekindle their interest in France’s endless variety of options.