Business tourism a future-oriented metropolitan area

The opening of La Cité du Vin and Euratlantique project, the arrival of the LGV high-speed rail link, redevelopment of the Bassins à Flot area, modernisation of the Exhibition Centre… 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.
On the Bordeaux Lac site, accessible by tram from Saint Jean station and the city centre in 15 minutes (line C):

Convention Centre: 1,850 seats in 3 auditoriums, including one seating 800, a luminous structure designed by Wilmotte, in a natural setting on the lakeside. Access to 1,400 hotel rooms, 15 restaurants, and a casino within a 5-minute radius.

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.

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 hall will be built in place of the current Hall 2 (14,000 m²). It will increase the centre’s overall capacity, complementing the existing Hall 1 (50,400 m²), Hall 3 (14,500 m²) and Hall 4 (6,000 m²).

With an area of 14,000 m², various spaces will be created in the new hall, including a 1000 m² reception area, 13 modular meeting and committee rooms, and a fully modular main hall. The latter, with an area of 7,400 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 1,320 hosting and 32,000 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.

Over the next five years, nearly 600 new rooms will be added to Bordeaux’s accommodation in the luxury hotel bracket. The number of 4-star hotel projects is on the increase with a Radisson Blu in the Bassins à Flot, a Hilton Garden Inn and a Golden Tulip next to the station, five-stars in Saint-Seurin area, an Angelys group hotel in the Victoire district, and two upmarket hotels near the Cité du Vin.