Dear AIPC friends and colleagues,
We are only a few months away from the AIPC 2016 Conference in Nantes, France. I can hardly wait to welcome you in our beautiful city. The birthplace of Jules Verne, Nantes shows audacity, imagination and collective spirit that make it a highly attractive destination and the first economic hub in the west of France. Our city attracts the largest number of newcomers per year in France, by success fully combining a booming economy, a thriving cultural scene and superb quality of life.
Europe’s Green capital in 2013, Nantes is an eco-friendly city with a hundred parks, 3 rivers, the Atlantic Ocean and French Brittany at its gates. The City center is mostly pedestrian and offers plenty of shopping opportunities, along with great French cuisine (and Muscadet wine!) just at walking distance from the hotels and our convention center, La Cité Nantes Events Center. You will certainly enjoy every minute of the Nantes way of life!
Nantes is also a historic city, with the castle of the Queen of France “Anne of Brittany”, the gothic cathedral, the Bouffay district dating from the Middle Ages, the “Passage Pommeraye”, a shopping arcade, and the botanical garden, both dating from the 19th century.
In the early nineties, the city started its transformation with an ambitious cultural strategy. Inheriting Jules Verne’s inspiration and mindset of crazy and imaginative ideas, Nantes has now become an audacious and daring place, where all forms of artistic creation come together. You will especially enjoy the Art and Culture Festival “Le Voyage à Nantes”, which reshapes our city every summer and offers a unique encounter with art, culture, sport and gastronomy.
Today Nantes is in full development. The heart of the economic growth is research, strongly organized around clusters and directly linked to the industry. The Jules Verne Institute for composite materials and the Airbus plant are one of many examples showcasing our ability to work together. Aaeronautics, renewable marine energy, health/biotechnology, agrifoods, engineering and digital industries are also among the key sectors in Nantes development, and represent great assets to host international large-scale events at La Cité Nantes Events Center.
Sustainability, our most welcoming staff, and collective commitments are three overarching values that are consistently demonstrated towards event organisers and delegates and that make Nantes and La Cité clearly stand out as one of the very first MICE destinations in France. Not surprisingly, La Cité became the only French congress center to have successfully achieved the “Gold level” in AIPC’s Quality Standards certification.
It will be an immense pleasure for all of us at La Cité to welcome you in July. You are now about to understand why Nantes was once called “the loopiest city in France” by the Sunday Times…
La Cité Nantes Events Center