Welcome to Paris Region

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On the occasion of the closing day of the “Cities” fortnight at the Dubai World Expo, Paris Region, sponsor of the French pavilion, has been in the spotlight on November 12 and is organizing, under the coordination of Choose Paris Region and Visit Paris Region, a seminar entitled “Attractiveness of the Paris Region”, which was focus on the Region’s two main areas of attraction, namely economic and tourism attraction.

Europe’s leading economic region

With 12 million inhabitants and a GDP of €730 billion, Paris Region enjoys a leading economic position in Europe. It has more than 500,000 companies, 29 Fortune Global companies, 500 headquarters and 150,000 researchers, making it one of the most competitive regions in terms of research and development, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Paris Region was named “European City and Region of the Future” by the Financial Times FDI Intelligence Review for the foreign direct investment it receives.

The Region’s attractiveness is particularly boosted by the hosting of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris in 2024 and by the Grand Paris Express project, which involves the construction of 200 km of new metro lines and 68 new stations and surrounding districts.

A long-term, strong recovery:

In response to the health crisis, Paris Region has implemented the most ambitious and largest recovery plan in the country. 14 billion are intended to be invested to support the sectors most affected by the crisis, in three priority areas: ecological transition, support for the economy and the promotion of social cohesion. Driven by technological innovation and new consumption patterns, sectors such as new mobility, renewable energies, digital services, e- commerce and digital health are booming. This dynamism offers very promising business opportunities to local and international companies.

Indeed, the recovery has been very strong, despite the episode marked by the health crisis, investors’ view of the capital region has continued its positive progression over the past several years. Indeed, Paris Region is increasingly positioning itself as a hub for companies from all over the world, particularly the Middle East, Asia and North America, to enter Europe

and Africa. A trend that we are already seeing in current investments. This context of sustained recovery is also marked by a shared desire on the part of all public and private players to build a sustainable model for Paris Region as a low-carbon, responsible metropolis offering an unrivalled quality of life to its inhabitants. Sustainable development, energy and ecological transition, environmental and social impact, innovation, the use of digital tools, and public- private partnerships will all be addressed during this journey.

The most visited region in the world

Paris Region is also the most visited destination in the world for both business and leisure tourism. Each year, 50 million tourists stay in Paris Region to enjoy its exceptional concentration of cultural and architectural treasures. From Notre-Dame to the Sacré-Coeur, the Louvre Museum, the Eiffel Tower and the Château de Versailles, Paris Region’s tourist attractions are internationally renowned.

  • Paris Region, the world’s leading tourist destination
    • 50 million visitors per year (2019) of which 79% are repeat visitors
    • The largest accommodation offers in Europe with over 158,000 rooms in 2,400 hotels, including 12 Palaces, representing 200 million overnight stays sold per year
    • Top 10 international visitors: USA, UK, Spain, Italy, Germany, Belgium, China, Netherlands, Canada and Japan.
  • Paris Region, an exceptional cultural offer
    • 300 museums, 200 exhibitions per year and 250 sites classified as historical monuments which recorded 100 million visits in 2019.
    • Paris Region welcomes new cultural sites such as the Bourse du Commerce, the Hôtel de la Marine, the Grand Palais Éphémère and reopenings with the Palais Galliera, the Musée Carnavalet, the Maison Cocteau and soon the Musée Albert Khan and the Musée Cluny.
    • Many castles are to be visited like Monte-Cristo, Vincennes, Saint-Germain-en- Laye, Rambouillet, Fontainebleau and many others.
  • Paris Region, a destination for gourmets
    • As France’s leading gastronomic region, Paris Region has more than 35,000 restaurants and 128 Michelin-starred restaurants. The region’s gastronomic offer is growing and includes museum experiences (the Louvre, Orsay Museum, Versailles Castle, the Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac Museum, the Hôtel de la Marine and the Paris Modern Art Museum).
  • Paris Region, the shopping destination
    • Paris Region is undeniably the fashion and shopping destination with its department stores such as Galeries Lafayette, Printemps and now the reopening of La Samaritaine. Department stores are developing new experiences with cooking classes, personal shoppers, etc.). The destination also offers “outlets” with La Vallée Village or One Nation and a multitude of stores in the heart of Paris.
  • Paris Region, a green destination
    • The destination offers a multitude of possibilities for outdoor walks, 75% of the territory is composed of green spaces with 4 regional nature parks, 12 leisure centres, numerous woods and forests.
  • Paris Region, a sports destination
    • With major international sporting events scheduled for 2023 with the Rugby World Cup and 2024 with the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the region offers a multitude of sports, such as golf with its 79 courses.
  • Paris Region, a Safe Destination
  • Paris Region has set up the Paris Region Safe Destination – COVID 19 label to enable its 500,000 professionals to receive visitors in the best possible conditions of welcome and safety, and a strict health charter with health pass controls, compulsory wearing of masks indoors, physical distancing, meticulous daily cleaning, and teams trained in barrier procedures. 2,000 people were also mobilized to disinfect train stations and public transportation. Finally, to limit interactions, online reservations and contactless payments are preferred.

On this occasion, a delegation of the Regional Executive visited the French Pavilion and various Pavilions of the World Expo.

Delegation Members:

Alexandra DublancheVice President in charge of Recovery, Attractiveness, Economic Developmentand Innovation / Chairwoman Choose Paris Region
Geoffroy DidierRegion Ambassador in charge of International Relations and EuropeanAffairs
Hamida RezegSpecial Delegate in charge of Tourism
Nelly GarnierSpecial Delegate for the Smart Region
Jeremy RedlerSpecial Delegate for Major International Events and Trade Shows
Rachid TemalRegional Councillor, Senator of Val-d’Oise
Eric JeunemaîtreChairman of Visit Paris Region
Christophe DeclouxCEO Visit Paris Region
Lionel GrottoCEO of Choose Paris Region
Guillaume de-ConihoutAdvisor in charge of economic development, attractiveness and tourism

About Choose Paris Region:

Choose Paris Region is the international attractiveness agency of Paris Region. It works in partnership with all the players in Paris Region to build up the region’s offer, promote it, and provide a tailor-made support service for international companies and professionals in the film sector. Every year, the agency helps more than 1,200 international companies build technological and business partnerships and develop their growth strategy in Paris Region,

whether they are setting up their first local office or expanding their existing business. The agency   has   90   employees   in    Europe,    the    United    States    and    China. Chairwoman: Alexandra Dublanche – CEO: Lionel Grotto

About Visit Paris Region:

Visit Paris Region, the destination’s leading institutional tourism operator, promotes and develops Paris Region through its work with tourism stakeholders and visitors.

Chairman: Eric Jeunemaître – CEO: Christophe Decloux