Who doesn’t want to visit Paris? The city is known around the world as a spectacular destination to visit for culture, attractions, food, history… the list goes on. The Paris Convention Bureau has found that associations who rotate their meetings internationally, have seen the average attendance go up by 20% when the event is held in Paris!
Paris is undoubtedly the place to meet!
Palais des Congrès de Paris is a leading international venue, with more than 439,000 sq. ft. of space, including four auditoriums and 85 meeting rooms. The Palais Brongniart, located near the Louvre Museum, is a Greco-Roman-style building that was home to the French Stock Exchange for more than 150 years. It features two auditoriums and has reception space for up to 1,200 at legendary venues, including an old trading room. Yachts de Paris, the most elegant fleet of boats on the River Seine, specializes in dinner cruises. Cruising the Seine by boat gives attendees a special way to see the city.
A host of original places are also available for private rental to organize a memorable event: museums, boats, theatres, mansions, parks, gardens, department stores etc.
French gastronomy has been added to the world’s intangible heritage list by UNESCO. Paris, where cuisine goes hand in hand with creativity and skill, has a wide and varied selection to choose from: gourmet restaurants run by Michelin-starred chefs as well as smart brasseries at more affordable prices for business lunches and group dining.
With their history and impressive architecture, Paris’s monuments undoubtedly contribute to the charm of the French capital. The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Sacré Cœur Basilica and the Arc de Triomphe are the four best-known monuments.
As for museums, Paris has 206 of them. The Louvre, the oldest one in Paris, is also the world’s most-visited museum, with nearly 10 million visitors per year. The Musée National d’Art Moderne, the Musée d’Orsay, and the Palace of Versailles near Paris are also increasingly popular with international visitors. Some of my favorites are the smaller and unique museums like the Paris Sewer Museum or the (oh so Parisian!) Perfume Museum. Many of the museums and monuments in Paris are available for private rental to host corporate events.
Paris is often referred to as The City of Lights both because of its leading role during the Age of Enlightenment, and more literally because Paris was one of the first European cities to adopt gas street lighting. In the 1860s, the boulevards and streets of Paris were illuminated by 56,000 gas lamps. If you want to light up your next meeting or event and sparkle as bright as the Eiffel Tower, consider Paris!
About the Author
Julie Surrey is a Partner at Creative Planette and is a seasoned professional in the events industry. Ms. Surrey starting blogging actively in 2010 and writes industry specific pieces for i-Meet, the online business community for people who plan meetings and events. Feel free to connect with Julie on LinkedIn.