Some of our partners have treated themselves to a makeover in order to accommodate you in the very best conditions and ensure your stay is as pleasant as possible. New infrastructure has also been springing up to provide increasingly diversified offers.
Before we introduce you to news from around the region, have a look at these eight great reasons for visiting our region:
- An exceptional geographical and economic position
- Seamless accessibility thanks to two international airports (Nice Côte d’Azur, Marseille Provence), 15 train stations served by TGVs from Avignon to Menton, and a network of roads and motorways.
- High-quality, effective infrastructure with 25 convention centres, a number of exhibition grounds, leading names in hospitality, exceptional locations and boutique hotels.
- Professional expertise and high-quality service provided by establishments with excellent quality and sustainable development records.
- A dynamic economic climate featuring some ambitious new projects (ITER, Euro-méditerranée, the Eco-Vallée in Nice’s Var plain, etc.), major infrastructure (Centre de Lutte contre le Cancer in Nice, TIC in Sophia Antipolis, Centre immunophénomique in Marseille, INRA Avignon, IFREMER Toulon)
- Breath-taking natural beauty spots
- Sunshine and a laid back pace
- Cultural and gourmet delights and a host of unparalleled incentive activities.
In Arles, the Fondation Van Gogh was inaugurated and is now open to the general public with its “Van Gogh Live!” exhibition.
The Jules César hotel underwent a complete overhaul and was decorated by famous fashion designer Christian Lacroix.
And finally, the Luma tower is due to make an appearance very shortly – and we’re excited!
In Aix-en-Provence, the 18th-century Hôtel Caumont has been renovated and is now a venue for temporary exhibitions.
The InterContinental Marseille – Hotel Dieu, formerly known as the Saint Esprit hospital, opened its doors in 2013 and has retained all the charm of its 12th-century stonework. This 5-star hotel offers a huge range of rooms and suites as well as an area dedicated to meetings and events.
A Golden Tulip hotel will be coming soon to the Quais de la Joliette, where visitors will be able to soak up sweeping views of the Mediterranean.
This year, France has the honour of hosting the Euro 2016, and thanks to the Marriott Vélodrome hotel that flung open its doors just two months ago, supporters will be catered to in the heart of the action.
Finally, stop off at the Halles de la Major to sample local delicacies – this covered market has been tickling our taste-buds since August 2014.
Avignon’s exhibition grounds have been fully renovated for a fresh, modern feel.
Nice gets green. A number of sustainable development-themed initiatives are popping up around town, such as the Promenade du Paillon, a 12-hectare green space in the heart of the city. There’s the Eco-Vallée project too, with its 75,000m²-exhibition centre.
Finally, Nice is now home to the brand-new Allianz Riviera Olympic stadium, just in time for the Euro 2016. The new stadium houses an entire area dedicated to events.
In Cannes, the Radisson Blu 1835 has jumped up the rankings and now boasts a full five stars.
The glamorous Palais des Congrès et des Festivals is being given a contemporary makeover, featuring more open spaces and better lighting in the Louis Lumière auditorium, as well as a fresh lick of paint and new décor. The atrium balcony foyer has been turned into a VIP area, with an extra 260m² to boot.
The 5-star Hôtel de Paris Monte Carlo has kicked off a four-year renovation and restoration process, and will remain open throughout, albeit with fewer rooms and suites available. The hotel is set to be reopened and back to business as usual in September 2018.