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Lyon has been chosen Europe's leading city break destination in 2016

Lyon won "Europe's leading city break destination" award during the World Travel Awards ceremony organized the 4th of September, against 15 major European cities such as Berlin, Lisbon, London, Dublin, Madrid, Paris or Venice.

     
     
Lyon - Hôtel-Dieu
The Convention Centre - Amphitheatre © Nicolas Robin
Lyon aerial view - Pr-vaho-© ES-OT
Bank of the Sâone - SO-ptho-© MP-OT

This award is the fruit of a long-term cooperation of public and private players, Lyon citizens and visitors, who have shown an extraordinary commitment.

Lyon, the city which can offer a lot to its visitors

Festive and gourmand, with its historic city center registered in the UNESCO world heritage since 1988, Lyon hosts today more than 20,000 economic and cultural events attracting more than 5,5 million visitors per year.

Comparing to its French and European competitors, over the years, Lyon was able to build a differentiating positioning of its attractive tourist offer by proposing a “French art of living in one place and by responding precisely to the new expectations of today's international visitors” declared the City in a press release.

The ingredients of Lyon's success story

Excellent air accessibility (115 daily flights, 85 out of which are international), an increase in hotel capacity (+25% since 2012), many banks re-arrangement, creation of new eco-districts, a rich cultural offer (museums, concerts, opera, dance, cinema, theater or coffee-theater, festivals or sport) enhance the touristic attractiveness of the city.

GL events contributes to the business tourism development in Lyon

GL events contributes to Lyon performances as major European city of business tourism, in particular through “Lyon for Events”:

 - The infrastructure quality and the investment politicy with, for the convention center, a magnificent architecture at once timeless and luminous designed by Renzo Piano. It takes place in an exceptional setting, near the Parc de la Tête d’Or. And for Eurexpo, (Lyon exhibition’s centre), poursuing investments and extensions allows the development of its leader exhibitions such as SIRHA (International exhibition of the HoReCa sector) and Equita (Horse show).

 - The organization as a market place, with a unique operator as in Paris and Milan by proposing to clients a rich offer composed with 4 quality and complementary venues (the Convention Centre, Eurexpo, Sucrière and Saint-Priest Castle). These venues are gathered together under the banner “Lyon for Events” in order to have a greater national and international exposure.

 - The Lyon Welcome Attitude, is a unique approach in Europe, and very popular among clients. It consists in welcoming visitors or congressists by helping them to find their way but also by providing them with a special care during their journey.

Either for the business tourism or for leasure, Lyon positioned itself as a major European destination thanks to a coordinated approach with the territory economic players (Greater Lyon Council, Rhône department, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Airport, and businesses). They are all federated around “Only Lyon”, a strong brand, associated to an effecient promotion strategy.

Come and discrover Lyon for a week-end or for your next event.

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