Business tourism a future-oriented metropolitan area

The opening of a new conference facility, inauguration of the MECA (Maison de l’économie créative et de la culture), Euratlantique project, redevelopment of the Bassins à Flot area, development off hotel accommodations … by 2019, Bordeaux will have completed its transformation with more extensive, thoroughly modern infrastructures devoted to business tourism.

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The top 5 convention venues

In the city centre:

Cité Mondiale: on the waterfront in the city centre with a 300-seat auditorium.
Palais de la Bourse: a modern Convention Centre, on one of the loveliest squares in the world, housed in a magnificent, 18th-century palace. It is a unique, prestige venue with a capacity for over 1,000 persons.
Hangar 14: in the Chartrons, overlooking the Garonne River, with 5,400m2 on 2 floors, for trade shows, public exhibitions, and product launches.

In Bordeaux-Lac site - accessible by tram from Saint Jean station and the city centre in 15 minutes (line C):

Convention Centre: a luminous structure designed by Jean-Michel Wilmotte, in a natural setting on the lakeside.

The Exhibition Centre: the second largest exhibition centre in France outside of Paris, after Lyon, with 80,000 m2 of covered space, and four modular halls offering 30 hectares of facilities for international fairs.
> access to 1,400 hotel rooms, 15 restaurants, and a casino within a 5-minute radius.

In Mérignac – near the airport:

Le Pin Galant: a 1,410 seats auditorium, a Hall, a fully modular pavillon of 1,300m².

THE EXHIBITION CENTRE GETS A FACELIFT

The Exhibition Centre is a core feature of Bordeaux Metropole’s infrastructure and is vitally important for the development of business tourism. To increase the capacity and quality of the facilities, a new Conference and Exhibition Hall will be inaugurated in the first half of the year. It will increase the centre’s overall capacity, complementing the existing Hall 1 (50,400 m²), Hall 3 (12,000 m²) and Hall 4 (7,500 m²).

With an area of 15,500 m², various spaces will be created in the new hall, including a 1000 m² reception area, 12 modular meeting and committee rooms, and a fully modular main hall. The latter, with an area of 7,140 m² can be divided into 3 sections, enabling the hosting of plenary meetings for 1,500 to 6,000 people, using a system of movable walls and tiered seating. These modules will also be dedicated to hosting exhibitions and the installation of food courts.

Comprehensive hotel offer

With a total of 2,890 hosting and 40,000 beds, Bordeaux Métropole has a diversified offer: business hotels close to centers of congress, to charm in vineyards, hosts’ houses in city heart, and even a 4* campsite with 240 bungalow.

Bordeaux’s luxury hotel accommodation continues to develop. After the opening of the Radisson Blu, the Hilton Garden Inn, the Golden Tulip, hotel projects continue with the opening in 2019 of La Zoologie (located inside the historical building of the Zoologie Institute), and a Hilton Double Tree near the airport. In 2020, the Bassins à Flot area will welcome a 4-star hotel of 150 rooms with a restaurant and panoramic pool. The MOB hotel groupe has chosen the right bank of Bordeaux to set up in 2021 its 120 rooms concept with a bar, an outdoor cinema and a pool.