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Bordeaux

Bordeaux is a cosmopolitan metropolis and a thriving centre of innovation at the heart of South-West France. The city is a buzzing hive of interaction and creativity, as well as an emblematic capital of the French art of living, with its UNESCO-listed architectural heritage and world-famous gastronomy. It is also a thriving young city teeming with art and alternative culture, set in a splendid natural environment it is striving to protect.
Bordeaux is a bustling centre of cutting-edge start-ups and high-tech industry, attracting an ever-growing number of event organisers. It is a key platform for economic, industrial and scientific exchange, driven by no fewer than 11 competitiveness clusters and 60 sectors of excellence of international renown. As France’s 3rd most prolific creator of digital businesses, Bordeaux is a life-size laboratory for innovation, exchange and collaboration.

Amélie Déchénais
Amélie Déchénais

Convention Bureau Manager

Location

Hemisphere: Northern
Continent: Europe
Country: France
City: Bordeaux

Components

International Airports: 1
Currency: Euros
Number of Hotels: 210
Number of Rooms: 11000

City Overview

Bordeaux is a cosmopolitan metropolis and a thriving centre of innovation at the heart of South-West France. The city is a buzzing hive of interaction and creativity, as well as an emblematic capital of the French art of living, with its UNESCO-listed architectural heritage and world-famous gastronomy. It is also a thriving young city teeming with art and alternative culture, set in a splendid natural environment it is striving to protect. Bordeaux is a bustling centre of cutting-edge start-ups and high-tech industry, attracting an ever-growing number of event organisers. It is a key platform for economic, industrial and scientific exchange, driven by no fewer than 11 competitiveness clusters and 60 sectors of excellence of international renown. As France’s 3rd most prolific creator of digital businesses, Bordeaux is a life-size laboratory for innovation, exchange and collaboration.

CVB Overview

Providing free unbiased advice, the Bordeaux Convention Bureau assists you with the planning of your professional event in the region: choice of venue, service providers and activities... we can prepare proposals according to your specifications, organise familiarisation trips and shortlisted venues. Your first point of contact for the destination, we will provide access to the best of Bordeaux, no matter the scope or nature of your event.

Knowledge Hub Overview

Bordeaux has 11 competitiveness clusters, an extensive aeronautics & space hub, a leading position in optics & lasers and strong expertise in nano & biotechnologies, cardiology, oncology, neurosciences, health ICT, wood and sustainable construction. With its 110,000 students and 10,700 researchers, Bordeaux also counts with one of 5 ‘IDEX’ universities in France, which receive government support to develop R&D & international links.

Significant Convention Centres

Exhibition Centre: 3rd largest exhibition centre in France with 80000sqm of covered space and a new congress hall suitable for events up to 6000pax; Palais de la Bourse: a modern convention centre housed in a magnificent 18th-century palace for over 1000pax; Congress Centre: 1850 seats in 3 auditoriums, a luminous structure in a natural setting on the lakeside; Cité Mondiale: on the waterfront in the city centre with a 300-seat auditorium; Hangar 14: overlooking the Garonne River with 5400sqm for trade shows, public exhibitions & product launches; Pin Galant: auditorium with 1400 seats & 1300sqm exhibition space

Protocol

Free movement for EU nationals. Please refer to france-visas.gouv.fr to check visa requirements depending on your nationality and the duration of your stay. Fast Track possible at airport for big events.

Access

A constantly evolving international airport with more than 100 direct destinations, 13 international hubs and seven million passengers per year. • By train, Paris-Bordeaux in 2 hours, 33 round trips per day • Five motorways to Paris, Rhône-Alpes, the Mediterranean, the Pyrenees and Iberian Peninsula • Four tram lines connected to all the convention centres, one new line between the airport and town opening in 2021.

Accommodation

With 11,000 rooms in 210 hotels, you’re bound to find your ideal setting: business hotels close to the convention centre, sleek lodging in the city, boutique hotels in the vineyards. The recent openings of the Hilton Garden Inn & the Radisson Blu are a tiny fraction of Bordeaux’s evolving offer (+720 rooms in 2021)

Attractions

Bordeaux has the largest urban area classified by UNESCO with 347 monuments on 1,500 hectares, at close distance from its exceptional vineyards (7,000 wine properties), the ocean and the Arcachon Bay. Our 65 gastronomic treasures will delight your guests.

DMC's/PCO's

Bordeaux Convention Bureau collaborates with local DMCs and PCOs to help tailor-make events of all sizes. They are experts on the destination and can provide creative solutions.

Ambassadors Club

Created in 2007, the Bordeaux Ambassadors Club now has more than 230 members. The ambassadors are recognised figures in academic, scientific, medical and economic organisations within the region. University professors, business executives, researchers and opinion leaders support Bordeaux as a conference destination, thereby promoting the city's attractiveness and reputation in France and abroad.

Knowledge Hubs

Construction
Ecology & Environment
Medical Sciences/Healthcare
Science