Cannes has offered movie stars a stage on which to shine each year since 1946. But they are not the only ones to climb the stairs of the Palais des Festivals. MICE is one of the mainstays of Cannes’ economy and hosting events is second nature to the city.
La Croisette is a 3-kilometer stretch along which palm trees and pines, Art Deco buildings, and luxury boutiques unfurl under the azure sky. At its far end you will find the Path of the Stars where countless movie stars have left their signature and hand prints. This is the perfect place to soak up the atmosphere of the international film festival and discover just how closely the city and the movie world are intertwined. Cannes has welcomed the big names of the silver screen in its Palais des Festivals et des Congrès since the festival began, a venue whose activity is crucial and which has just undergone substantial renovation and improvement. For the 300,000 people who attend conferences here every year, it represents the perfect spot for roaming the city and discovering its other attractions.
While Cannes loves to party through the night, it also exudes a real Provençal atmosphere. The former fishing village has embraced its vocation as a seaside resort since the Englishman Lord Brougham fell in love with it in 1835. However the old quarter of Le Suquet, in the shadow of the square tower, has kept its original charm. You can stroll through the medieval lanes on its hillside. The local vibe is flea markets and games of pétanque, while old sailing ships and yachts are moored alongside each other in the port. The Lérins Islands can be spotted in the distance, the perfect stop for finding some peace and quiet at the foot of the Estérel Mountains.
Far from being a one festival city, Cannes hosts conferences, conventions, and trade fairs throughout the year at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès. Come the evening, organizers will find a wide selection of different locations with beaches that can be privately hired and which have restaurants and sound systems if you want an event under the night sky. Organizers can also choose party locations – Le Gotha or Le Baoli – or evocative spots – the New-York New-York brasserie, or opt for an evening in the casino. For large groups, the Forville Market with its authentic covered hall is the best place for holding a gourmet buffet. Last but not least, there is no more beautiful backdrop than the Lérins Islands or Estérel when organizing sea outings and planning outdoor activities.
Only a short distance from the Palais des Festivals, the location for the big events that put Cannes on the map, Rezidor hosts company events at the Radisson Blu 1835 Hotel & Thalasso. This hotel has been completely renovated and offers 133 rooms, 5 meeting rooms, and a large space devoted to well-being with 46 treatment rooms. The 360 restaurant is to be found on the seventh floor and its terrace has a breathtaking view of the port and Estérel.