Paris is a city highly regarded on an international scale, not only from a touristic standpoint but also from a professional one! Indeed, it represents the meeting point of great international events, seminars, conventions, salons and exhibitions which attract business travelers from all around the world, each year. If you are a business traveler and that you are coming to Paris, this post is just for you!
The business districts in Paris and its close suburbs
Paris, city of diversity under all its forms, covers a great number of famous business districts and which, even if they have similarities, also have their own specificity.
1. The business district of La Défense
It is located in the Hauts-de-Seine department and represents the biggest business district of Europe because of its 160 hectares of offices and skyscrapers. This business district is certainly one of the most renowned of the Capital with around 3600 companies and 15 out of the 50 most famous ones in the world, on its soil. It’s the decision’s headquarter of big groups in the industrial, financial, digital and consulting sectors.
2. The business district of Bourse de Paris
It is located in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris, in other words, in the very heart of the city; it represents the district historically financial of the Capital. The Parisian Stock-Exchange used to be located in the Palais Brongniart, which then became a place dedicated to events, conferences, conventions, seminars and gala. Nowadays, companies specialized in various sectors are implanted there.
3. The business district of Opéra
Located in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, this district covers a great number of companies’ headquarters from various sectors (entertainment, press, environment, distribution, food industry, internet etc.). This business district of Paris is also the place where both shops and head office of the notorious Galeries Lafeyettes, are at.
4. The central business district
The 8th arrondissement of Paris is commonly known as the central business district of Paris. It covers more than 33,000 companies and represents more than 3 million sqm of offices occupied by companies and headquarters from various sectors (trade, services, real estate, banks etc.).
5. The business district of Saint-Denis Pleyel
Its construction is pretty recent and doesn’t stop to attract new companies which want to enjoy the 200 000 sqm offices’ surface area that keeps extending. This new business district is experiencing an economic boom and represents a future industrial dream with approximately 500 000sqm additional offices’ surface area throughout the years to come.
Since at Lodgis we are aware of how important Paris is for professionals worldwide, we have a large range of furnished rentals with internet in the business districts of Paris at your disposal.
Preparing your business travel to Paris
Business travels follow very specific criteria and are not always very simple to plan. Since finding an apartment and dealing with all the procedures while working is similar to an obstacle course, Lodgis created a service totally dedicated to apartment research for business travelers willing to spend some time in Paris for business.
Indeed, the agency offers you a range of furnished rentals in the various business districts of Paris and it guides you throughout the entire process while simplifying it for you by:
For further information, don’t hesitate to check out our website’s section for business travels in Paris.
Seminars and professional events in Paris
The dynamic city of Paris is invested in innovation and research on a worldwide-scale. Moreover, it hosts more than 300 professional conventions yearly. Among the most famous are: the Paris Air Show, the Paris International Agricultural Show and the Paris Motor Show. So many conventions, seminars, conferences, conventions and other events that gather business travelers during their stay and that wouldn’t let anyone indifferent. Consequently, we thought of giving you a list of the biggest convention centers in Paris.
The convention center of Porte de Versailles
Located in the 15th arrondissement of Paris, it is the biggest convention center of France. Each year, it welcomes famous events like: the Paris International Boat Show, The Chocolate Show and even the Paris Motor Show.
Address: 1 Place de la Porte de Versailles, 75015 Paris.
The Bourget convention center
Located in the 93th department of the Parisian Region, is very close to the Charles de Gaulle airport and covers approximately 60 hectares. Every two years it hosts the Paris Air Show which is famous worldwide and welcomes around 150 000 professionals as well as international delegations from 91 countries!
Address: 96 Avenue de la Division Leclerc – 93350 Le Bourget
Speaking of which, did you know that this year 2017, Paris will celebrate its 54th year of the Paris Air Show? If you want to attend to this event, we recommend that you check out our post about the Paris Air Show 2017!
The convention center of Paris-Nord Villepinte
Is the 2nd most famous of the Parisian Region. It covers approximately 240 000 sqm and hosts events throughout the entire year amongst which are: PremièreVision Paris and the Japan expo!
Address: ZAC Paris Nord 2, 93420 Villepinte.
The Palais Brongniart
Favorite meeting spot for business travelers in Paris, whether if it’s to attend events, seminars, conventions, business gala or press conferences, this legendary place hosts more than 500 National and International events, yearly.
Address: 28 Place de la Bourse, 75002 Paris
Lodgis’ tips for your business travel to Paris
Paris is a city that doesn’t stop innovating and to find new ways to keep it’s reputation of first touristic city in the world. That’s the reason why it’s so tempting for business travelers to enjoy the Parisian lifestyle even if they came for work-related reasons.
However, it is possible to enjoy the city while working. We recommend that you use the app «Wifi in Paris» which lists the wifi hotspots in Paris for all those who would like to work outside of their office. For further apps, we wrote a post about 10 apps for living in Paris, that might interest you.
Finally, a last tip for those who are attending seminars and other professional events in the Capital, we inform you that there are special travel passes at this effect: the forfait Congrès and the forfait Paris Visite. These travel passes allow you to have unlimited access to transport for several days in order to optimize your urban travels at a lower price.
For further information, you can check the ratp website.