the ideal destination to motivate your team
With UNESCO-listed architectural heritage and a dynamic economy, Bordeaux is the ideal destination for your business events.
Known for its exceptional wine, authentic cuisine, and quality of life, Bordeaux attracts visitors from all walks of life. Voted the best travel destination by Lonely Planet in 2017, the capital of Gironde is truly thriving.
Although the city was once known as the ‘Sleeping Beauty’, there is now no doubt that Bordeaux is wide awake! This renewal is evident in the city’s new neighbourhoods, vibrant cultural life and the presence of innovative start-ups and companies.
As the second most attractive and entrepreneurial regional city for foreign investment*, Bordeaux is known for its dynamic economy, tourism industry and cultural life.
The Bordeaux metropolitan area has become the key location for international business tourism.
A REGION OF INNOVATION AND EXCELLENCE
Events held in Bordeaux benefit from the area’s dynamic and innovative ecosystem of excellence. The metropolitan area benefits from the influence of 11 competitiveness clusters and 70 business clusters in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region (aerospace, optics & lasers, geosciences, health ICT, eco-habitat, digital economy, robotics).
AEROSPACE VALLEY brings together the Aquitaine and Midi-Pyrénées regions. It forms the top employment basin in Europe for the aeronautics, space and embedded systems sector. With 130,000 industrial jobs and 8,500 researchers, the cluster is a leader in its sector, representing 1/3 of French aerospace workforce (including over 50% in the space sector).
AVENIA brings together companies, research laboratories and training institutions specialised in geosciences and energy. With over 4,000 researchers employed by research centres present in Aquitaine and throughout France, one hundred industrial partners, including global leaders in energy (Total, GDF Suez, EDF, Vermilion, etc.) and major regional small and middle-market companies, the cluster is seeking to become the leader for subsurface technologies in Europe.
THE LASER ROUTE has become a reference for competitiveness clusters in the development and dissemination of innovative technology in the fields of optics, lasers and photonics. The cluster has created 10,000 jobs in the region since it was founded. The development of the Laser Mégajoule (LMJ), one of the two largest lasers of its kind in the world, mobilised 600 researchers and €2.1 billion in investment.
The XYLOFUTUR cluster brings together industrial stakeholders, research centres, and professional organisations from the Aquitaine region in the “wood-paper” industry. The region has the largest forest cover in France, with over 1 million hectares of maritime pines. The cluster accounts for 15% of France’s industrial employment in this sector.
Agri Sud-Ouest Innovation is an agricultural and agro-industrial competitiveness cluster for South West France (small and middle-market companies, laboratories, research centres, and institutions). The cluster seeks to increase cooperation between the various stakeholders in the agricultural and agro-industrial sectors.
The Cancer-Bio-Health cluster (CBS) is a catalyst for innovation and partnerships. It received the official competitiveness cluster label in 2005. It is one of seven French clusters in the “Biotech-health” field, and the only one devoted to cancer research. It brings together industrial stakeholder, engineering schools, and universities.
S2E2, which received the official competitiveness cluster label from the State in 2005, is the leading cluster in intelligent electricity technologies. It contributes to innovation in energy management, including the conversion, distribution and storage of electric energy, and smart grids. The cluster aims to improve the competitiveness of its members through technological innovation.
This cluster brings together nearly all of the specific training programmes for ceramics, from vocational training to PhD programmes. Its primary goal is to promote cooperation between the major stakeholders in the ceramics industry (training, research, industry, technology transfer, institutions and associations).
ViaMéca is a competitiveness cluster that covers the entire mechanics sector. It is led by several (former) regions: Rhône Alpes, Auvergne, Centre, Languedoc-Roussillon, Limousin and Midi Pyrénées. It also represents 9,000 companies and 400,000 employees who are potentially involved. The cluster includes the industrial sectors of mechanics, materials, the automotive industry, and aerospace.
Elopsys Is the Competitiveness cluster for high-tech. It creates and supplies solutions for the fields of electronics, photonics, and digital technology to promote four key markets: Defence and Security, Sustainable and Intelligent Buildings and Environments, Health and Autonomy, and Telecommunications and Digital Technology.
The ID4Car cluster seeks to use innovation to improve the competitiveness of the vehicle and mobility industry in Western France. The cluster encourages its ecosystem to innovate by identifying and supporting collaborative R&D projects and helping innovations move towards their market launch to boost growth for small and middle-market companies.
FRENCH TECH BORDEAUX
The French Tech Bordeaux association earned the French Tech Capital label and now includes more than 850 companies and stakeholders from the innovative and technological ecosystem in Bordeaux and Nouvelle-Aquitaine.
A LOOK AT NOUVELLE-AQUITAINE REGION’S HIGH-PERFORMANCE HEALTH SECTOR
The region’s health sector is especially successful. It is present in 4 major priority sectors: medical devices, e-health, biotechnology and pharmacy, as well as cosmetics. With the Alliance Innovation Santé, the Nouvelle Aquitaine region has brought together 8 business clusters and 1 competitiveness cluster (Cancer-Bio-Health, Limousin Medical Cluster, ICT Health Cluster, Osasuna, 2ACBI, RDM-NA, Technopole du Grand Poitiers and GIPSO). It represents 250 companies and 36 research and training institutions. This organisational model allows for extensive regional coverage and common initiatives that promote the development and influence of health stakeholders.
In 2017, the Nouvelle Aquitaine region also gained a centre for research in neuroscience. Neurocampus Bordeaux, located right near the university hospital, brings together 650 researchers specialised in neuroscience. It now rivals world-renowned organisations.
With a strong innovation culture and cutting-edge equipment, Bordeaux is now developing research of excellence and a global reputation in neuroscience, cardiology, imaging and oncology.
A CITY COMMITTED TO BECOMING ECO-RESPONSIBLE
Bordeaux has committed to a pilot ISO 20121 certification programme with the goal of obtaining the “Responsible International Destination” label.
To achieve this objective, the city has joined the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-index) which includes some fifty cities from around the world. The GDX Index is a performance improvement programmed aimed at making the business tourism industry more sustainable.
With over half of its territory made up of natural and agricultural areas, 150 parks and gardens, a downtown pedestrian district and many bike paths, Bordeaux offers a pleasant place to stay during an event.
MODERN INFRASTRUCTURE FOR BUSINESS TOURISM
New hotels have been flourishing in the city, helping to meet the accommodation needs of business customers. The hotels include well-known names such as Hilton Garden Inn, Radisson Blu and the Golden Tulip, as well as hip locations like the Elko chain, Central Hostel, and the Mama Shelter.
Bordeaux is truly a forward-looking city. This is evident in the development of new neighbourhoods and cultural centres with modern architecture, including the regenerated Bassins à Flot neighbourhood, the Bordeaux Euratlantique development project, Matmut Atlantique Stadium, Arkéa Arena, and Palais 2 l’Atlantique.
New major cultural venues also support these efforts to promote the region and make it even more attractive, including the recently-inaugurated Cité du Vin, Musée Mer Marine and Bassins des Lumières.
AN EXCEPTIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION
The Bordeaux metropolitan area, the gateway to southwest France, benefits from a central location in a multi-faceted region. When you organise an event in Bordeaux, you find yourself in the heart of one of the world’s first AOC wine-growing regions, with 60 world-renowned wine appellations. Staying in Bordeaux also means benefiting from the entire region and its famous attractions: the Arcachon Bay and its oyster huts, the exceptional chateaux of Saint-Emilion, the Médoc wine route…