A record-breaking year for Congrès et Expositions de Bordeaux! With turnover of more than 29 million Euros (an increase of 6.2%), 361 events and over a million visitors.
Bordeaux and the surrounding region have never been more fashionable, an attractiveness bolstered by a series of high-profile infrastructure projects (the new Matmut Atlantique Stadium, the high-speed train line, the Cité du Vin, the extended tram network etc.). Congrès et Expositions de Bordeaux is at the forefront of this movement, with ambitious plans for further development in the near future.
“Over the next few years, we will be working tirelessly to make Bordeaux one of France’s top three conference destinations,” promised Eric Dulong, President of Congrès et Expositions de Bordeaux (CEB), at the company’s Annual General Meeting on 28th April.
The goal is to put Bordeaux in third place behind Paris and Lyon by 2020.
The launch of the new Bordeaux Events brand, the development of a new and expanded commercial range and a more proactive communication policy are among the major successes of the last few years.
2015 saw another major international event stop off in Bordeaux: the ITS World Congress on intelligent transport, with 12,000 registered visitors from all over the world, 3500 conference-goers, 300 conferences and a 25,000 m² exhibition.
In 2017, CEB will host another high-profile event: the National Congress of French Lawyers, with some 6000 legal professionals expected to attend.
Launch of a new digital incubator
The company remains committed to supporting innovation, not least via the newly-launched ‘CEB Lab’, an incubator which aims to nurture promising new projects from the region’s digital ecosystem. CEB will provide privileged access to its events, facilities and offices for budding digital entrepreneurs, encouraging innovation and experimentation.
Renovation work at the Parc des Expositions in 2018
Construction work on a new exhibition and conference center to replace the current Hall 2 will be launched in 2017, with delivery scheduled for 2018. This flexible new structure will be capable of hosting events for between 1500 and 6000 people, with 10-12 meeting rooms and a dedicated exhibition space. Once this work is completed, renovation will begin on Hall 1. This ambitious program of construction and refurbishment represents a total investment of 72.5 million Euros.
As well as making a sizeable contribution to Bordeaux’s reputation as a business destination, CEB’s 105 employees and 4 sites (the Palais des Congrès, the Parc des Expositions, Hangar 14 and the Cité Mondiale Conference Centre) generate 650 million Euros in direct and indirect economic benefits for the city.
(Sources: Press release, Sud Ouest 29/04/2016)