The meeting industry, and in particular, congresses and conventions, have a strategic importance for Paris and to promote the opportunities in atrracting more business to the city, all the local partners in Paris and the region work together to offer to organisers a global approach. The largest medical congress in Europe, the European Society of Cardiology’s Annual Congress (ESC Congress 2011) with over 32,000 delegates was help in Paris and proved to be an outstanding success. The event reinforced the well deserved reputation that Paris, and Paris Nord Villepinte, have the full capacity to host large scientific and professional events. The conference centre that has been completely updated and local partners fully involved, Paris maintains its position among the world’s leading congress destinations.
Paris Nord Villepinte, can provide the specifics need of very large scale conference organisers, ensuring their partners and delegates maximise their experience. The facility demonstrated the clear ability to manage large flows and Paris Nord Villepinte offers a new possibility for Paris to host conferences with more than 10,000 delegates. The 8 interconnected halls, linked to a conference centre, set around a central esplanade allow congress organizers to plan large but compact events with good circulation flow around the congress areas.
The ESC Congress 2011 was organised around 3 main areas that comprised 34 conference with a total capacity of 20,000 seats, and exhibition area covering 25,000sqm, and large poster area. The facility has a large number of offices for the staff and twenty meeting rooms for those necessary corporate style gatherings, a registration area, a delegate’s lounge, a press centre, etc.
Entirely re-designed with the addition of a new hall in 2010, Paris Nord Villepinte has just undergone major refurbishment with the new design of the public transport on site access, the creation of new restaurants and improvements to the esplanade. These changes offer improved possibilities for large scale congress organizers. The solution is based on large scale inter-connected halls linked with a conference centre, all on the same level.
Paris Nord Villepinte is directly linked to central Paris with a public transport station and a taxi station, all entirely dedicated to the on-site events. This public transport hub connects to the centre of Paris, 20 minutes to the Gare du Nord train station and to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport in 8 minutes.