Paris is the perfect place to meet! Its accessibility makes it a natural international hub. The two international airports, Paris Charles-de-Gaulle and Paris Orly, connect the French capital to about 550 cities and 132 countries, and the rail network link us to other major European cities. Charles de Gaulle airport to the heart of Paris is in only 20 minutes by RER train.
You can organize a memorable meeting or event in museums, boats, theatres, mansions, parks, gardens, department stores and on hundreds of rooftops! You also find a wide range of activites. For accommodation you have an outstanding choice, from luxury palaces to small local hotels, large capacity chain hotels and charming design hotels. The offer is completed with hotel residences, Bed & Breakfasts, youth hostels and furnished apartment rentals. In terms of venues for meetings and events Paris has it all with 17 congress and exhibition centres, modern (and unusual) meeting rooms and venues capable of accommodating 10 to 10,000 people. Ask us for advice to suit your group!
The city is preparing for the 2024 Olympics and many hotels are opening their doors to host the games; that’s 36 hotel openings with nearly 6,000 additional rooms!
Paris was the world’s leading city for hosting international congresses in 2019 (ICCA), when 922,900 participated in 237 international congresses here.
Paris is divided into 20 “arrondissements” with their own town halls and distinct identities. People living in Paris are often very emotionally connected to their “village” and you find a very lively local life, especially in the eastern and most populated arrondissements. We can take you to this Paris “off the beaten track » and show you the many secrets and traditions in the different “quartiers”. There are always hidden gems to discover in this fantastic city even after several decades living here.
In recent years Paris has rapidly transformed into a more inclusive, open, innovative, and environmentally respectful city with several action plans for biodiversity, social inclusion, circular economy and sustainable mobility. If you haven’t been here for a while, you will be surprised by the number of people using their bikes to commute, as the development of cycling tracks continues, and how much greener the city has become with the increased planting and protection of the fauna and flora.
Paris is not only placed in the heart of Europe, but also in the heart and mind of each one of us. Just think of all the cultural references that Paris has inspired: Literature from Victor Hugo to Yasmina Reza, films from Max Linder, Woody Allen to today’s creators of TV series, fashion from Coco Chanel and Dior to our own scandinavian creators installed in the city of light.
Paris is famous for its history, architecture, and monuments with the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, (under reconstruction after the fire), the Sacré Cœur Basilica and the Arc de Triomphe being the best-known. The city boasts144 museums. The Louvre is the world’s most-visited museum, and the Musée National d’Art Moderne, the Musée d’Orsay, and the Palace of Versailles are popular with international visitors and host numerous exhibits from all over the world. 20 of the most frequently visited museums and monuments in Paris are also available for private hire to host corporate events.
French cuisine is on the UNESCO list of world heritage and Paris is of course a Capitol of world gastronomy with its many Michelin star-rated restaurants and world-renowned chefs, cooking schools, food markets, delis and cooking workshops, many of which have cookery classes and tasting sessions ideally suited to team building. There are also food events with an international scope, such as the Omnivore World Tour, the Taste of Paris, and the SIAL trade fair. In Paris you find restaurants for all group sizes and budgets but also a lot of innovative delivery services of delicious lunch boxes to enjoy in a park, a time-saving and calm moment in a busy program.
We can’t talk about food without mentioning the many cafés with croissants enjoyed in the morning with friends and neighbours before rushing to work or a cold beer or a glass of rosé on a terrasse in the evening. During lockdown this was one of the things the French missed the most, their moments at a terrasse. You also find food from all corners of the world in Paris. Many restaurants are historical and architectural monuments like the many art-nouveau styled “bouillons” where you can enjoy traditional cuisine for a lesser price, or the famous art deco restaurant La Coupole or the city’s oldest restaurant Le Procope.
Paris is also a capital of innovation with over 5000 start-ups, and the region has 8 competitive clusters for innovation in areas like Space transport, business aviation and propulsion, digital and ecological transformation, cosmetics and perfume, rubber and polymers sector, financial innovation, healthcare and new therapies, public transport and key technologies and complex systems, and is the first city in the world to host a tourism-focused start-up incubator, the Welcome City Lab. Exiting news in Paris this year is Europe’s largest food hall opening in the heart of Montparnasse, two steps from the Pullman hotel. In 2020 at Porte de Versailles a new urban rooftop farm, reported to be the world’s largest, was inaugurated. It has a bar and restaurant on the panoramic terrace, with a farm-to-fork menu that includes produce grown on site. The end of 2022 will see the beginning of construction of a 4,5 km, first-ever urban téléphérique in Ile-de-France. Its opening is planned for 2025.