Key figures

  • Gateway to Provence
  • 2nd largest city in France
  • 57 kilometers of coast that leads into the Calanques National Park, 1st French cruise ship port, 3rd oil port in the world


  • By Plane
    • Marseille Provence Airport: 3rd largest French airport for passenger traffic - 1st low cost aiport in Europe
      • 25 daily flights Paris/Marseille (75 minutes flying time)
      • Marseille / Airport: 20 minutes by bus, taxi & train (TER)
  • By Train
    • 16 daily high speed train only 3 hours from Paris
      • 3h30 from Geneva
      • 5h10 from Brussels
      • 5h30 from Barcelona
      • 6h15 from London (Eurostar)
    • From Saint Charles Rail Station located in the heart of Marseille: direct connections to metro, bus networks, car rental, less than 15 minutes to access the 3 Convention Centres

Q: What makes Marseille a top choice for business travel ?

Marseille, oldest city in France, Capital of Provence on the Mediterranean coast, was elected in 2014 second city to visit in the world, right after Rio de Janeiro according to the “New York Times”. It's a booming destination, constantly reinventing itself, which is building up on legacy of the 2013 European Capital of Culture. As a congress destination, Marseille also has many assets to be discovered by association planners or event organizers. Easily accessible with an international airport, the city is connected to 131 destinations by 37 airlines and to main European cities by High Speed Train (TGV) and also from London by Eurostar. With 9,000+ new or entirely refurbished rooms in the city and vicinity, Marseille is growing every year.

Q: What has been the biggest accomplishment for the city in the past 5 years?

With € 660 M of investments in 4 years in urban projects, the city has been totally transformed. Marseille is the winner of the “Urbanism Award 2014”

The Academy of Urbanism :

The Urbanism Awards are the Academy’s primary platform for recognizing the best, most enduring or most improved urban environments. As well as providing a means to build relationships with Great Places, the Awards help build a strong evidence base for high quality, innovative and sustainable urbanism.

In 10 years, the number of meeting days in Marseille has increased by more than 50%.

2005 : 194,153 meeting days

2015 : 292,786 meeting days

According to the ICCA ranking, Marseille is among the 4 top French cities for hosting international meetings. This amazing growth is not only due to the presence of outstanding meeting venues but also to constant investment in tourism facilities.

Q: What does Marseille offer to business travelers?

With 300 sunny days per year, a spectacular nature, in the top 10 oceanfront cities in the world (National Geographic,2016), a unique urban natural park in Europe – Les Calanques, Marseille offers amazing venues to host your events. Any place in Marseille will be exciting for events: warehouses, concert halls, private villas, sport facilities, fancy restaurants or cultural sites, such as:

Events and Convention Bureau of Marseille offers you a single point of contact providing the help you need, creating partnerships, bringing you ideas and solutions.

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