Bordeaux as a business destination

Another success story! Bordeaux is a business destination in its own right, and hosts numerous conferences and corporate events every year.

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Bordeaux confirmed its place as an international conference and exhibition destination. 2017 was a record year for national and international trade shows and conferences, exceeding 2015, when the city hosted the World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems. Two of the biggest national conferences were held in Bordeaux in autumn 2017: in September, the APM Convention (Association of Progress Management) assembled 4,000 participants in the Place des Quinconces. In October, 5,000 people participated in the National Lawyers Convention.

Of the 75 events that took place in the city in 2017, 40 were international. Overall, Bordeaux hosted 55,000 participants representing 189,000 conference days. Attendees’ spending and organization-related expenses were estimated to be 56.5 million euros.

Note: Bordeaux is further strengthening its position as a business destination for trade conferences at a national and international level with the Incentive Mercedes Benz Italy in September 2017, the Bridgestone Convention in March 2018, the LCL Convention in February 2018, and the Aegid Domitis Seminar in March 2018.


Bordeaux’s popularity as a business destination has been boosted with new developments such as La Cité du Vin, the arrival of the high-speed train line, bringing Bordeaux closer to Paris, and the Metropole’s investment in a new conference facility (an additional hall for the Exhibition Centre). 2018 should consolidate this position with the opening of the Hôtel Radisson Blu (125 rooms), a Hilton Garden Inn (166 rooms), and the opening of more airline routes (Riga, Warsaw, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, etc.).

This effect is accentuated by several competitiveness clusters, an extensive aeronautics and space hub, a leading position in optics and lasers, and strong expertise in nano- and biotechnologies, neurosciences, Health ICT, wood, and sustainable construction. Another advantage is the potential represented by 88,000 students, 11,600 researchers, and the fact that Bordeaux University is one of 5 ‘IDEX’ (Initiative d’Excellence) universities in France, which receive government support to develop R&D and international links.

2018, a year of International Conferences

The largest conference projects this year are international. These included the World Congress of French-speaking Nurses which was held in June (2,000 people), ISMP, the Symposium of the Mathematical Programming Society in July (1,500 people) and the 5th Systemic Sclerosis World Congress in February (1,200 people).