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 2017/2018, 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 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).

This new multifunctional hall will be completed in 2018, providing a flexible space that can accommodate 4,000 to 6,000 people, with 12 committee rooms and an exhibition area. In a second stage, Hall 1 will be gradually renovated. The operation also includes a complete redevelopment of the access forecourt and the public reception area. The total investment is estimated to be 77 million euros.

Comprehensive hotel offer

With a total of 1,130 hosting - with 207 hotels and apartment hotels - and 31,000 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.

On horizon 2020, about 500 new rooms are coming to enrich the offer of Bordeaux. In the district of Bassins à flot, three hotel projects are planned: Radisson Blu 4* of 125 rooms, including panoramic restaurant view meeting rooms and spa (spring, 2018), and two hotels in front of La Cité du Vin (in 2020).

Near the Gare Saint Jean and within the Euratlantique project, the offer is going to be strengthened with the construction of a new hotel from the Hilton network. On the right side of the bank, a hotel and a business tourism residence will open.