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GLOBAL MEETINGS

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By Allan Lynch

Holding or attending a meeting outside the United States has become an increasingly valuable experience in the competitive world economy. Several leading international destinations—France, Scotland, Australia and South Korea—continue to be as popular for tourism as they are for meetings, an appealing combination for planners who want to convince delegates that the experience is worth the time and expense. And many new and renovated convention options sweeten the deal.

France has long been an enticing destination for both leisure and business. In 2016, Paris welcomed the events of the International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations, the International Association of Social Science Research and the International Titanium Association, to name just a few. And big programs on its calendar this year include EuroPCR, the world’s leading course in interventional cardiovascular medicine. Many groups convene at Palais des Congrès, the largest event space in Paris, located just west of the Arc de Triomphe. It has 34 spaces, including four auditoriums (the largest for up to 3,723 people) and the 59,632-square-foot Maillot Hall. The Palais is one of 10 venues operated by Viparis, which can also manage accommodation bookings and airport and railway welcome services. Another large option is Paris Nord Villepinte, near Charles de Gaulle Airport; this exposition center has eight halls, ranging from 161,000 to 538,600 square feet, as well as numerous additional meeting spaces. Or a unique option is the Carrousel du Louvre, an underground mall near the Louvre Museum. Its 76,692 square feet of space is spread out in six areas and can be configured to seat up to 2,200. Another truly memorable space is the recently opened Gustave Eiffel Room. Located on the first level of the Eiffel Tower, this dramatic room provides both great views and all the technology required for successful events of up to 300.

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