Thanks to its unique location and magical colors, Nice has already attracted many artists and tourists. But did you know that for meetings and events the city is also an ideal choice on the Mediterranean coast? It is today the second most popular conference destination in France. Despite its rich history and heritage it is also a very forward-thinking city which has kept up to speed with innovation.
Nice, an innovative city
A pioneer in tourism at the beginning of the 19th century, when it was frequented by English and Russian aristocrats, the French Riviera has since continued to attract an ever increasing number of visitors. Served by France's second busiest airport, it is also a top cruise port. However, behind its coastline dotted with palm trees there lies a city that sees a future beyond its tourist appeal and, in recent years, has set its sights on innovation.
It therefore now styles itself as a "smart city", highlighting the collaborative potential of technologies. Becoming a green city, focusing on research, and attracting innovative companies are the metropolis's new mottoes and it has been increasingly investing in the Plaine du Var, towards the west. The construction of the Allianz Riviera Stadium and the Eco Valley project are the fruits of this resolve. At the same time, Nice's old city center has been receiving special attention. It has to be said that this remains the soul of the city. Colored façades and baroque buildings speak of its Italian past while the Promenade des Anglais conjures up the splendor of the Belle Epoque. Right above, Castle Hill is still the best vantage point for admiring the bay and the shoreline studded with lavish villas and gardens.
A hub for events and conferences
With an environment blessed by the gods, Nice itself provides organizers with a perfect stage for any event. You can have as your backdrop the Arènes de Cimiez gardens, Phoenix Park and its tropical greenhouses, or one of the 15 beaches along the Promenade des Anglais that can be made private. And of course the city also has numerous locations that are suitable for event planning. Conferences can be held at the Acropolis Palace which has cutting-edge technological equipment, while Allianz Riviera, the multi-purpose stadium designed for Euro 2016, welcomes companies into its spaces. Many museums also invite events as well, notably prestigious institutions like MAMAC and the National Marc Chagall Museum. Some exceptional locations, such as the Nice Côte d’Azur Opera House, the Villa Arson, and the Château de Bellet, perched high above the city, can also host exclusive receptions. That is unless you simply prefer a dine-around format in the restaurants of the Cours Saleya, in the heart of the historic old city.
Stay on the Promenade des Anglais
To get a front row seat in this incomparable destination, the Promenade des Anglais remains a coveted spot and is also the prime location of the Radisson Blu Hotel Nice. It has the double advantage of being by the sea and easily accessible from the airport. For MICE-related events, it offers the largest capacity in the entire city with 331 rooms and suites, 60% of which have a sea view, 2 restaurants, and 11 meeting and banquet rooms with a total surface area of 1500 m², not to mention a panoramic roof terrace with a swimming pool and a beach that can be privately hired.
Psst! The Rooms on the first floor with a sea view and the lobby area have been completely refurbished !