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May 12, 2016

Paris Launches Charter to Attract Congress Organizers

Major Paris tourism leaders met recently at the Paris Town Hall to launch a new charter aimed at attracting congress organizers to the city. 

Photo by Freeimages.com/Benjamin Thorn

Representatives included the managers of 17 hotel groups, the UMIH and Synhorcat, representing 651 hotels and over 76,657 rooms. The group met under the auspices of the City of Paris (Jean-François Martins, deputy mayor in charge of tourism), the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Philippe Solignac, president), the Paris Tourism and Congress Office (Pierre Schapira) and the UNIMEV (Thierry Hesse, president) to sign the charter. 

The agreement commits hotel owners who have signed to setting a predictable price policy, fixed terms and conditions of sale and room release, an allotment management policy and commitments to quality. The charter applies to major congresses of over 1,000 participants organized by nonprofit organizations. 

Paris tourism officials also committed to building a common strategy to enable  the development of congresses in Paris. The City of Paris offers a customized package for organizers that includes welcome to the city messages, flags along certain avenues, letters of support and receptions in the Town Hall. Additionally, the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Paris Tourism and Congress Office commit to ensuring that the event runs smoothly, while the Paris Tourism and Congress Office supports French and international applications and then works with associations at all stages of their events. 

In 2015, association congresses generated 11 percent of business tourism nights in Paris, with 762,000 participants welcomed during 1,004 events (an increase of 9.6 percent compared to 2014). The sector created 1.2 billion Euros in returns in 2015. 

Visit en.convention.parisinfo.com

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