Photo credit: Bordeaux Convention Bureau

More than 120 congresses were hosted in Bordeaux in 2018, including 57 international ones, for a total of nearly 290,000 congress days (number of participants to an event multiplicated by the number of days of the event).

2018 KEY FIGURES by Bordeaux Convention Bureau:

  • 120 congresses
  • More than 45,000 participants
  • Nearly 290,000 congress days (+40% compared with 2017)
  • 47,5% of international congresses
  • 76 million euros in estimated economic benefits to the city
Photo credit: Bordeaux Convention Bureau

The Systemic Sclerosis World Congress (February, 1,000 pax), the French Language Neurology Days (April, 2,700 pax), The World Congress of Francophone Nurses SIDIIEF (June, 2,000 pax), the Bridgestone National Convention (March, 400 pax), or the Vinitech-Sifel fair with 850 exhibitors and 45,000 attendees at the Bordeaux Exhibition Center in November 2018 are among the most important events held in the city in 2018.

The Bordeaux Convention Bureau actually manages 105 congress applications (until 2027), including for example the OHBM Congress (Organization for Human Brain Mapping, with 3,500 pax in May 2022). These applications represent a total of 357,000 congress days and more than 103.5 million euros in potential economic benefits.

86 corporate events followed by the BCB in 2018 will be held in Bordeaux in the next 5 years, representing 120,000 congress days and 35 million euros in estimated economic benefits to the city. The new Exhibition Hall, the Palais 2 l’Atlantique, will welcome most of them, increasing our global seating capacity to 6,000 pax (2nd largest Exhibition Center in France outside Paris). VINEXPO fair will be the first event hosted there in May with 2,300 exhibitors and 45,000 professionals. Major congresses will follow with SAE Aerotech (1,800 pax in September 2019), the Accountants National Congress (4,000 pax in October 2020), the RoboCup, robotic world championship (4,000 pax in June 2020) and ICIP (optic & laser, 1,700 pax in September 2022).

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