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Nantes

Nantes is distinguished by its creativity, originality, dynamism and thriving cultural scene.

Located in the West of France, by the banks of the River Loire, Nantes offers a wide variety of outstanding attractions and venues showcasing local heritage, contemporary architecture, with quirky or design-inspired features that will boost the appeal of all professional and sporting events.

The world-famous Machines de l'Ile (the giant Elephant, the Marine Worlds Carousel - Thea Award 2014 for the world's most original attraction) are a reflection of Nantes' distinctive creativity.

Nantes is also an eco-conscious and engaged destination.

Location

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

Components

International Airports: 1
Currency: Euro
Number of Hotels: 139
Number of Rooms: 8700

City Overview

Nantes is distinguished by its creativity, originality, dynamism and thriving cultural scene. Located in the West of France, by the banks of the River Loire, Nantes offers a wide variety of outstanding attractions and venues showcasing local heritage, contemporary architecture, with quirky or design-inspired features that will boost the appeal of all professional and sporting events. The world-famous Machines de l'Ile (the giant Elephant, the Marine Worlds Carousel - Thea Award 2014 for the world's most original attraction) are a reflection of Nantes' distinctive creativity. Nantes is also an eco-conscious and engaged destination.

CVB Overview

Nantes Convention Bureau will help you plan your conventions, trade fairs, corporate events and more : we will help make an unforgettable and tailor-made event for yourselves and your attendees. We provide free impartial advice, information and guidance on what Nantes has to offer in terms of event venues and accommodation thus putting you in touch with the best local suppliers (hotels, venues, caterers, DMC's...). We provide you with resources to communicate about the destination to your participants and partners and we arrange tours of the venues. We also ensure that your events are eco-responsible.

Knowledge Hub Overview

Organize your event in Nantes, a region at the cutting-edge of progress in sectors of excellence, such as marine renewable energies, advanced manufacturing, aeronautics, industries, health, creative industries, digital economy and green industry.

Significant Convention Centres

La Cité Nantes Congress Centre offers a reception capacity suitable for all types of events, from 200 to 4,000 participants. It is certified ISO 9001, ISO 20121 and "Quality and Sustainable Development Charter" by France Congrès. Exponantes Exhibition Centre is ideally located on the banks of the Erdre River and considered one of the most beautiful exhibition parks in France. It welcomes the public to a landscaped area of 20 hectares: 67,000 sqm of exhibition space, including 37,500 sqm covered for trade shows, conventions, congresses and events. It is certified ISO 26000 and ISO 20121.

Protocol

Depending on the nationality of the delegates and the duration of their stay in France, it may be necessary to obtain a visa from their nearest consulate.

Access

Nantes Atlantique International airport, western France’s first airport an hour from Paris CDG, serves more than 75 national and international destinations. 21 daily TGV (high-speed trains) connect Nantes to Paris in two hours. Lyon, Lille, Roissy Airport and Strasbourg are also connected with direct TGV trains. Many sustainable inter-urban commutes are facilitated by an efficient network of tramways, tram-trains, river cruises...

Accommodation

Whether it’s luxury hotels, charming rooms in reinvented historic sites or those with a seafront, Nantes offers a portfolio of 7 115 rooms including 4 500 rooms in 3* hotels and 2 615 rooms in 4* and 5* hotels. More than 45 percent of rooms have been awarded an eco-label.

Attractions

Nantes is a truly walkable city: within a 1km radius, you can find the Machines de l’Ile, featuring a 12m high mechanical elephant, the Ducs de Bretagne castle and the renowned city-wide modern arts festival, Le Voyage à Nantes.

DMC's/PCO's

Our members work with the Convention Bureau to propose and organize creative and tailor-made events. You can find them on the bureaudescongres-nantes.fr/en website.

An engaged city

The destination has long been committed to sustainability: Nantes was the first French city to be included in the Global Destination Sustainability (GDS) Index in 2016. Whether they are hoteliers, event caterers, venue owners, agencies or event service providers, our business tourism professionals believe in sustainable values and practices. In Nantes, the entire sector is committed to sustainable business tourism.

Knowledge Hubs

Agriculture
Ecology & Environment
Medical Sciences/Healthcare
Technology