BUSINESS TOURISM: AN EPICENTRE OF INFORMATION

Bordeaux offers a fertile environment for startups and high-tech industries, accompanied by a growing number of event organizers and conference facilities. The city is a platform for economic, industrial and scientific exchange, which relies on the region’s outstanding resources.

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A CONVENTIONS CENTRE

In terms of numbers of participants, Bordeaux is France’s fourth largest city for the organization of conferences after Paris, Lyon and Nice (source: 2018 ICCA classification). Large-scale national and international congress are regularly held in Bordeaux, like the ROBOCUP, world robotics championship (3,500 competitors from 45 countries in June 2020), the Africa-France Summit (25,000 participants, including 54 heads of state in June 2020), the National Congress of the Order of Chartered Accountants (4,000 people in October 2020) and ICIP (optics & laser, 1,700 participants in September 2022).

A THRIVING ECONOMIC, INDUSTRIAL, AND SCIENTIFIC ENVIRONMENT

Developing business tourism in Bordeaux, means providing conference facilities that rely on its life blood: its economic dynamism, with:

11,000 jobs created in 2017 in the urban area; Bordeaux ranks third among French cities in terms of the creation of digital companies,

11 centers of excellence and more than 60 clusters operating at an international level in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, with an aerospace and space industry for which Bordeaux presents the Atlantic face; a leader in optical techniques and lasers, and a specialized expertise in nano and biotechnology, neuroscience, ICT Health, wood and sustainable construction. Oncology, a health priority in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine regional programme for 2018-2021, has also benefited from major investments,

175,000 students, 100,000 of which are in Bordeaux and 10,700 researchers at the regional level; one of the five “IDEX” (Initiative d’Excellence) universities in France (a state-funded programme that aims to develop R&D and internationalization).

TOP 6 CONVENTION VENUES

In the city centre:

  • La 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.
  • New Hall, Palais 2 l’Atlantique, inaugurated in May 2019: with a total surface of 15,500m², offers a main hall up to 6,000 people in plenary, a 1,000m² reception hall and 12 meeting and commission rooms.

In Mérignac – near the airport:

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