As the new capital of the Auvergne-Rhône Alpes region, Lyon’s international profile is becoming ever more prominent. The sixth largest economic region in the European Union, it is one of the most active in the MICE sector, benefiting from good meeting facilities and accommodations.
Over 65 years have already elapsed since Paul Bocuse proudly received 3 *** in the Michelin Guide for his lovely Auberge de Collonges au Mont d’Or – 65 years during which this great name in gastronomy has helped build Lyon’s international reputation. Lyon is the third largest city in France and one of the most cutting-edge in terms of research and competitive centers. Under the shelter of Fourvière Hill and its historic city centre that was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998, Lyon is continuously reinventing itself, multiplying the number of cultural events – the Festival of Lights, contemporary art and dance biennials, Fourvière Nights – and iconic locations – Institut Lumière, Musée des Confluences, La Sucrière. And one must not forget the new neighborhoods, such as Lyon Confluence, which was redesigned by leading architects and has in recent years become the place to be with its futuristic buildings (Euronews has set up its headquarters there), restaurants and lounges on the quaysides, and its elegant shopping mall.
Even the more “traditional” sectors of the city have caught up with this trend, like La Part Dieu which, 40 years later, is reinventing itself with its business towers and TGV station. A modern façade that harmoniously co-exists with the old Renaissance neighborhoods nestled at the foot of Fourvière Hill – Saint-Jean, Saint-Georges, and Saint-Paul – where Lyon’s merchant trade developed in the 13th century and around which you can take a pleasant stroll along little streets lined with beautiful Italianate houses. Strolling is also recommended in Tête d’Or park on the banks of the Rhône, the largest urban green lung in all of France, which is visited by 2.5 million walkers a year in search of some solitude.
MICE activities naturally have a role to play in this extravagant setting, with thousands of seminars, conventions, conferences, product launches, fashion shows, and gala evenings taking place year-round. From the largest – Conference Center Eurexpo, Lyonnais Olympic Park – to the most exclusive – Musée Gadagne, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Musée de la Danse – via the most unusual – Aquarium, Sucrière – the most ethereal with the Michelin-starred tables at Bocuse, Orsi, Christian Têtedoie, Georges Blanc, Christophe Roure, or Mathieu Viannay, without, of course, forgetting the iconic bouchons with their local specialties, delicatessen meats, dumplings, warm sausages, and cervelle de canut.
All this to say that Lyon is an unparalleled destination for your events where we can welcome you in the Part Dieu neighborhood at the Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon. Completely refurbished, this upper-level residence installed within the well-known Tour Crayon – the Pencil Tower – boasts 245 rooms, 1 restaurant, a fitness center, and conference center with 11 meeting rooms, 2 conference rooms, and 7 break-out rooms.