This stunning region in the South of France boasts a sophisticated infrastructure for events as well as providing a glorious backdrop. The Provence Côte d’Azur Convention Bureau is working hard to ensure event organisers receive all the assistance they require to guarantee the sustainability of their event. Destinations like Cannes, Marseille, Nice, Monaco and Toulon and their partners are adopting solutions to ensure biodiversity, resources management and greenhouse gas reduction to offer high quality, varied and sustainable business events. Green initiatives include those covering transport, venues, hotels, gastronomy, places of interest, biodiversity in itineraries and responsible business tourism.
Carbon-free transportation: Cannes, Marseille, Nice, Monaco and Toulon all invest in sustainable mobility and promote low-carbon public transport including electric or hydrogen buses, tramways, scooters and bicycles. In addition, choosing a venue in one of the region’s city centres often means there is no need for transfers at all. The hotels, restaurants and entertainment spots are concentrated within walking distance of the Convention Centre. And, of course, with 300 days of sunshine a year, it is easy and fun for delegates to walk, use bicycles or electric scooters to get about.
Sustainable venues: With destinations clearly committed to responsible business tourism, you can count on venues with environmental protocols including responsible energy consumption, waste management and a choice of suppliers with green credentials. Three conventions centres have been awarded ISO certification: ISO 20121 at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès in Cannes and the Marseille Chanot Convention Center, and ISO 14001 at the Monaco Grimaldi Forum.
Eco-compliant hotels: Specific programmes also target hotels. In each destination in the South, you will find eco-compliant hotels boasting labels including Green Globe, Green Key, Ecocert or Ecolabel. Around 30 per cent of hotel members of Provence Côte d’Azur Convention Bureau are now certified. Marseille, for instance, has committed to support 60 hotels working to obtain a Green Key certification within five years. The Green Key label aims to increase the use of environmentally friendly and sustainable methods of operation and technology to reduce the overall use of resources.
Hire sustainable and socially-aware suppliers: Provence Côte d’Azur Events is proud to work with a network of more than 220 professionals in the event industry (venues, hotels, DMOs, PCOs, agencies, caterers, AV services, event décor and more) who have signed a charter committing to integrate social and environmental responsibility in their activities. More than a third have already achieved an environmental label and a further 12 companies have signed up to a training programme to help them achieve ISO 20121 certification.
NATURAL BEAUTY PROVIDES THE PERFECT BACKDROP TO EVERY EVENT
Many of us will be familiar with the beauty of the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region. With its 1,000 kms of coastline, coves, inlets, capes and peninsulas, mountains and lakes, it’s unique in France. Home to 37 remarkable natural sites, 13 are protected regional and national parks. It is the ideal backdrop to an event. And it is home to some of the country’s most iconic event destinations.
Cannes - To help restore biodiversity in the sea, Cannes has created the first underwater ecomuseum. The submerged sculptures by the renowned British artist Jason deCaires Taylor will provide habitats for animal and plant species.
Marseille – Nestled between sea and hills, from L’Estaque to the Calanques, Marseille is an active metropolis surrounded by unspoiled nature. The Calanques National Park is the only national park in Europe that is both continental marine and peri urban. With the ISO 20121 certification, Marseille has set up a strategy to lower the carbon footprint of tourism and is proud to be a green destination.
Monaco – With a pledge to be carbon neutral by 2050, the Principality is ambitious in its sustainability plans and has a long history of protecting its natural environment. Among many remarkable initiatives, the Elsa in the Hotel Monte-Carlo Beach is the only 100 per cent organic and Ecocert-certified Michelin-starred restaurant in the world. All over the city, sunny spots and rooftops are home to eco-friendly fruit and vegetable patches, such as Marcel Ravin’s organic kitchen garden designed by the chef himself.
Nice - A smart city with sustainable urban transport and a direct tramway connection from the airport to the congress venue in 20 minutes. It couldn’t be easier or greener for delegates on arrival in Nice.