Looking to plan a corporate trip to France? Not sure where to go? Whether for a business or incentive trip, here are our favorite locations in France to add to your list of corporate trip ideas.
English is more widely spoken in Paris than in many other French cities, making it a convenient place to travel with English speaking employees and clients. There are also many great venues for business meetings and events, like the Parc des Expositions and the Musée des Arts Forains. If your employees or clients will be spending time in the La Défense business district, they can stay in one of the many excellent hotels nearby. We especially recommend booking the InterContinental Paris on Avenue Marcel for business trips. There are no shortages of fun activities for your employees and clients to do partake in during their downtime. For example, they can visit Le Musée d’Orsay or the artsy Montmartre district. Paris is a great place to combine serious business meetings with fun travel.
The French Riviera
The main business hubs in the French Riviera are Monaco, Nice, Sophia-Antipolis, and Cannes. We recommend adding the Riviera to your list of corporate trip ideas if you are seeking a little extra glamor, sunshine, and beauty. The variety of landscapes in the French Riviera provide you with both creative and classic location options for meetings and events and beautiful places to explore. For example, visitors can spend one day out on a catamaran and another in a conference room with breathtaking ocean views. For those coming from a colder climate, exploring the Riviera’s beaches and seaside restaurants will be a wonderful break. Plus, Nice and Marseille house an international airport, making the Riviera easily accessible for all employees and clients worldwide.
You might know Bordeaux for its famous vineyards, but it also features a revitalized and pedestrian-friendly city center, beautiful buildings, a lovely waterfront area with boutiques and cafés, and world-famous art. As many of your activities in Bordeaux will be centered around wine, make sure that your employees and clients are comfortable with drinking before you make Bordeaux your next corporate destination. Because Bordeaux is a major French city, there are plenty of venue options for business meetings, such as the Congress Centre and the Palais de la Bourse. To ensure a successful trip, we recommend using a travel agency to help you plan your vineyard tours, river cruises, and other tourism activities.
Lyon has an incredible MICE sector and contains many places and monuments that are listed as World Heritage by UNESCO, like the Croix Rousse and Bellecour Place. Lyon is also the gastronomic capital of France, which means that you will eat incredible food for every meal. The best business hotels in Lyon tend to be cheaper than those in Paris, making it more affordable for smaller companies or those on a budget. Yet, because Lyon is the 3rd largest city in France, it has a wide range of venue options that can host a large number of guests and an international airport that makes getting there a breeze.
The region of Alsace contains an international airport and is only 2 hours from Paris by train. Because it is uniquely located on the border of Germany and Switzerland, visitors can enjoy a unique blend of culture and history and incredible sightseeing. “Meet in Alsace,” which includes the three Convention Bureaus of Strasbourg, Colmar, and Mulhouse, provides assistance and solutions for those planning business events in Alsace. With the help of one of these locally specialized bureaus, hosting a business trip in Alsace has never been easier.
We hope that this article has helped open your mind to some great corporate trip ideas in France. Whichever location you chose, your employees and clients are bound to be incredibly satisfied. If none of these locations seem to fit your needs, reach out to us at ParisByM. We would love to help make your dream corporate trip a reality.