Q: Tell us why Bordeaux is a top choice destination for business travel.
World-renowned for its prestigious vineyards Bordeaux has blossomed into an international business, cultural and 21st century lifestyle capital. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the metropolis is frequently cited as one of the leading French cities for business tourism. Bordeaux welcomes over 80 and 400 professional events a year. This success is due to the combination of state of the art infrastructures, and a dynamic Research & Development activity.
Nestled between the Vineyards and the Atlantic Coast, Bordeaux is also an epicurean city where people savour every moment.
Q: What can Bordeaux offer to business travelers?
With more than 10,000 rooms in some 150 hotels Bordeaux offers a wide variety of accommodation ranging from small, charming establishments in the vineyards to conventional hotels sitting next to conference centres.
Bordeaux has 3 congress centres available for events:
· 80,000m² of exhibition space and a convention centre (Palais des Congrès) with an auditorium of 1293 seats are located 15 mins away from the city Centre, with 1400 rooms on site.
· In the city centre the Cité Mondiale Congress houses a 300 seat auditorium, meeting rooms of varying sizes and a hotel with 97 rooms in the same building.
· In the historic centre of Bordeaux, the Bordeaux Palais de la Bourse, features modern facilities for events from 10 to 500 people
The perfect complement to a meeting, local river dinner cruises hosting up to 300 people can transport meeting attendees to a luxury chateaux for their gala event. The wide range of chateaux around Bordeaux gives the option of hosting a reception surrounded by vineyards while indulging in the local claret.
Q: How is the destination different now that it was 5 years ago?
Historic city bouncing forward, Bordeaux has initiated ambitious public works projects. In 2017 a high-speed rail line will shorten the current 3 hour journey Bordeaux-Paris to 2 hours. That very same year the Euratlantique business centre and hotel complex near the train station will be opened for business. A further 600 rooms will see the light in the city centre with the development of 4 new 4-star hotels.
year, opening at
the end of May 2015 the New Bordeaux Stadium (one of the main project
renovation of the Bordeaux-Lac district) will house 43,500 spectators
and has 6
000 sqm dedicated to meetings.
Bordeaux is becoming very accessible with its International airport (3 terminals, more than 80 destinations) 15 mins away from the city centre, and its high speed rail links.
Q: What is your advice for planning a successful event in Bordeaux?
You need to have a strategic partner within the destination; this is what the Bordeaux Convention Bureau aspires to. We are providing FREE unbiased advice and assist the event organizer with the planning of their professional event in the region. First point of contact for the destination, we will provide access to the best of Bordeaux, no matter the scope or nature of the event.