Nantes - Sustainable, creative, knowledgeable

23rd May, 2016

Located in the west of France, Nantes is an unmissable destination for association events, an eco-congress city that excels in hosting world events.The city revels in originality and boosts inspiration – that is certainly an added value for event organisers and delegates alike!

Boasting first-class accommodation in 8,650 hotel rooms, within easy reach by air and less than two hours away from most European cities, the birthplace of Jules Verne was once named “the loopiest city in France”in a Sunday Times article.Everything here is amazingly creative, bustling and vibrant: Nantes boasts stunning venues, a giant elephant walking down the streets and you can even organise a gala dinner among huge odd creatures!

In 2015, the Nantes Convention Bureau opened, part of the Nantes Saint-Nazaire Development Agency, the economic and international development agency for the metropolitan area. The Nantes Convention Bureau aims to promote and bring together the local MICE players, and to make this world-class destination more visible and attractive.Since 2010, Nantes and La Cité Nantes Events Center have been invested in the success of international association events, adopting a Charter for hosting meetings with a view to making life easier for association planners.

Awarded European Green Capital 2013, Nantes ensures that social and environmental responsibility underlies all the commitments set out in the Charter.  Sustainability and collective engagement are two overarching values that are constantly demonstrated towards event organisers and delegates.  

A competitive and innovative regional capital

The economic prosperity of Nantes and the Pays de la Loire region comes from the traditional industrial and maritime sectors, with a booming of new high-tech industries over the last decade.

Today, the territory is a centre of excellence for a large number of key industries such as digital economy, culture and creativity, mechanical industries, health and biotechnology, sustainable development…

These industries are anchored around European and international clusters such as: Atlanpole Biotherapies (biotechnology/health), EMC2 (materials)… Nantes and its region are also home to leading international companies such as Airbus, Armor, Eurofins, LU, STX Europe and Vivalis.

In addition, 2,200 researchers and 54,000 students from all over the world make up a highly-recognised network of higher education schools and institutes.

An international congress venue

La Cité Nantes Events Center is situated at the heart of the city, opposite the high-speed train station, only two hours from Paris and 20 minutes from the international airport. The venue provides an ideal setting for all types of events from 200 to 4,000 participants, with state-of-the art equipment in line with environmentally-friendly practices. La Cité Nantes Events Center is also the only French convention centre with the AIPC ‘Gold’ Quality Standards.

In 2016, La Cité will host, among many other events, the 8th Rilem International Conference on Mechanisms of Cracking and Debonding in Pavements, the 26th Annual Meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry - SETAC Europe, the European Scientifc Association For Material Forming, and the AIPC Annual Conference 2016.

Lucile Suire
Nantes Convention Bureau Manager

T. +33 (0)6 43 39 64 99 – +33 (0)2 40 74 75 76

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