11 May 2016


Known around the world for its International Film Festival, Cannes is a firm favourite among business conventioner visitors, mainly due to its impressive, glamorous Palais des Festivals et des Congrès hall. Communications, graphics and specialised technology professionals gravitate here, and have gradually transformed the city into the capital of cinema and graphics – an ambition further developed by the Cannes Technopole de l’image graphics hubs. Cannes is also the European leader in satellite systems, thanks to the Thales Alenia Space.

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Located a mere twenty-five kilometres away from France’s second largest international airport (Nice Côte d’Azur), nestled on the balmy shores of the Mediterranean, Cannes enjoys an exceptional geographic location right in the heart of Europe, as well as a remarkable infrastructure system. The city boasts a business airport that is France’s second largest in terms of traffic, and is highly-frequented by delegate and convention participants. Cannes is easily and directly accessible via the A8 motorway, and is serviced by the TGV Méditerranée network.

Overlooking one of the world’s most stunning bays and drenched in radiant sunlight, Cannes has managed to keep a tight hold on the charm of its Provencal traditions while nurturing a high-quality cultural policy and economic dynamism that is resolutely open to both the future and the world.

Cannes is part of the Communauté d’agglomération [Urban Community] of Lérins, an area comprised of the following 5 communes: Cannes, Le Cannet, Mandelieu-La Napoule, Mougins and Théoule-sur-Mer.[>] paysdelerins.fr

Areas of excellence

Home to one of Europe’s best-performing Palais des Festivals et des Congrès and subsequently France’s 2nd largest convention city, every year Cannes hosts approximately forty large Business to Business conventions and international exhibitions. Cannes has proved itself to be a crucial meeting place for some of the world’s largest markets and international decision-makers working in television, luxury industries, property, music and advertising (MIDEM, MIPIM, MIP TV, MIPCOM, MAPIC, Tax Free World Exhibition, Gartner, International Luxury Travel Market, IDEF (the video game exhibition), International Festival of Advertising Film, International Leisure Festival, etc.) on top of the world-renowned Festival de Cannes, the single most televised event after the Olympic Games.

A timeless favourite, highly-appreciated by foreign visitors (making up 55% of the client base), Cannes is one of the world’s leading leisure tourism destinations, welcoming in almost two million visitors every year. The city is a site of great importance in terms of the history of leisure and pleasure destinations across the world.

Cannes, international city of business – and pleasure

  • France 2nd largest number of conventions
    244,150 convention participants spread over 39 events throughout the year
    France’s most significant city for Business to Business
  • 2nd largest business airport in France (Cannes-Mandelieu airport)
    4 helicopter companies and 4 business airlines based here
  • 2 million visitors every year, 55% of whom are foreign nationals
  • Six 5-star hotels (1442 rooms)
    20 cocktail bars and nightclubs
    480 restaurants and cafés
    33 private beaches each with their own restaurant, 13 public beaches and 2 council-run beaches
    3 gambling establishments, including the Casino Croisette, the famous Palm Beach and the incredibly luxurious Casino Les Princes

Source: City of Cannes – Cannes in Figures, August 2013

Established just to the West of Cannes is the Thalès Alenia Space head office, a world reference in telecommunications, radar observation and optical Earth observation, defence and security, navigation and the sciences. Within its walls lies Europe’s largest testing centre, where satellites are trialled, launch conditions and in-orbit operations simulated. Over the last decade, Thalès Alenia Space has strived to push its activity even further, in particular through its deep involvement in competitiveness clusters in the PACA region. A dense network of high-tech sub-contracting companies have subsequently popped up, operating in the fields of aeronautics and space.

Developmental projects

The Cannes’ Technopole” intends to capitalise on the privileged status Cannes enjoys among graphics and world cinema professionals, its close proximity to Europe’s first science and technology park, as well as an economy geared towards high tech and specialised industry.

Cannes’ Technopole

This ambitious programme aims to regulate and stimulate activities that are specifically related to graphics and their multiple applications, such as media, advertising, image banks, design, medical and scientific imaging and video games.

The programme is set to be installed at the Bastide Rouge site, with building work to be carried out in order to create:

  • a business incubator called “CréaCannes” dedicated to the creative sectors, aerospace and graphic design, to include a coworking space.
  • a business centre,
  • the Laboratoire de l’image numérique (LIN) [Laboratory for Digital Images],
  • a university campus entirely focused on new digital technologies, media, tourism and luxury hospitality,
  • a leisure centre to include a multiplex cinema of over 10 screens, a bowling alley and restaurants,
  • a commercial centre themed around the concepts of image and the digital world.

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