The impressive City of Lights, recognized by its romanticism and glamour, is much more than one of the major tourist destinations in the world. It is currently regarded as the most attractive city for foreign investment and according to various experts it will be the European city that will benefit the most with Brexit. To strengthen these opinions appears the announced transfers to the French capital of part of the activity of the British bank HSBC and of French banks that were based in the United Kingdom. Stressing the growing importance as a business reference appears the announcement of the North American insurer Chubb, in September 2017, which chose Paris for its new European headquarters.
The main city of the country is the headquarters of the Central Government and the French Administration and welcomes the main foreign diplomatic representations, while at the same time it is one of the cities that stands out the most in the political context of the European Union. It has approximately 11,300,000 inhabitants and according to some views it may end 2018 with over 80 million foreign visitors. It is currently the International Capital of Innovation, a title earnt on the back of 5 thousand startups in the Paris region. The French capital is the first city in the world to host an incubator for startups focused on tourism, the Welcome City Lab. It boasts modern infrastructure and one of the most complete range of offerings in Europe in terms of accommodation, venues for events and activities geared to companies and the fostering of business.
But Paris is much more than business. If you have some time between meetings the French capital becomes even more perfect! This is where we find some of the most famous and admired monuments in the planet. The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Champs Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe and the basilica of Sacré Coeur, which will be increasingly the setting for big business and the view of some of the most important and successful companies in the world. Institutions of global recognition such as the Orsay Museum, the National Museum of Natural History of France, and the Louvre Museum, which holds more than 35,000 works of art are also valid arguments not only for those who work in Paris as well as for those who visit on business. It is also a city renowned for its unparalleled cuisine, with the greatest number of the best restaurants in the world… In Paris there is certainly big business that is made at the table. The Champs Elysées, already called many times “the most beautiful avenue in the world” is one of the main thoroughfares of commerce in Paris. Originally it was a garden that was converted into this majestic avenue that connects the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde. Ideal for strolling and for shopping, as Paris is one of the most coveted cities to this effect, especially for those looking for luxury and great fashion designers, like Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent, …
It is so easy to get to Paris! With two international airports – Paris Charles de Gaulle (23 km from the center) and Paris Orly (14 km from the Center) – ensure the connection of the French capital to more than 550 cities in over 130 countries. Paris also has an extensive and efficient rail network (TGV, Thalys, Lyria and Eurostar) which provides the connection to the main European cities (London, Barcelona, Milan, Vienna, Berlin, Stockholm). The metro network provides 16 lines providing quick access to Paris and its suburbs. The public transport network also includes an extensive and efficient bus and tram service. In addition to the transport, Paris has an above average business dynamic with hundreds of events and infrastructures more than enough to accommodate all visitors that the fairs, congresses and other business activities involve annually.