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.
Exhibition Centre: 80,000m2 indoor space, 4 modular halls in 30 hectares of grounds, ideal for international trade fairs.
Congrès et Expositions de Bordeaux, operator of the major business tourism venues in Bordeaux (Exhibition Centre, Convention Centre, Cité Mondiale Convention Centre, and Hangar 14), launched a new brand in 2015: Bordeaux Events. The objective is to make it easier for organisers by giving the "event venues" service a higher profile.
Renovation work at the exhibition centre
Starting in 2018, Bordeaux will be equipped to host very large scale conventions and conferences, following the modernisation of the Exhibition Centre, due to begin in mid-2016. A new multi-purpose building will be completed in the second half of 2018, offering modular space for 4,000 - 6,000 persons, 12 committee rooms, and an exhibition area. At the same time, Hall 1 will be gradually renovated. A total investment estimated at 70 million.
Comprehensive hotel offer
Bordeaux offers a full range of accommodation, with 150 hotels and 10,000 rooms, including 6,300 in the city centre and 1,800 in 4* and 5* establishments: business hotels near the convention centres, romantic hotels in the vineyards, bed-and-breakfasts in the city centre, and even a 4* campsite with 240 bungalows.
Nearly 800 new rooms will be available in the city centre by 2018. In the Bassins à Flots district, near the Cité du Vin, 3 new hotel projects are ongoing, including a Radisson Blu with 125 rooms, meetings facilities, and spa. Three new 4* hotels near Saint Jean station, with 50 to 150 rooms, built in the context of the Euratlantique project, will boost hotel capacity in that sector.