Christian Lambertus & Benjamin Walther, Managing Partners, Aviationexperts PCS GmbH & Co.KG
Set at the beginning of summer, 29th June - 2nd July, French Connect 2013 will allow you to discover our beautiful region in the most favorable conditions: sun, heat and light will be the backdrop for these unforgettable days. Thanks to this unique setting, we hope to bring a different dimension to this established international gathering between airports and airlines.
It goes without saying that our priority is to ensure your business meetings will be productive, numerous and of course as enjoyable as possible. As such, for this tenth International French Connect forum we are also expecting the largest number of partners to attend. Moreover, we are aware that the success of your business also materialises through more informal networking, thus we aim to offer you these privileged moments to relax and do business with Bordeaux and its region as a spectacular background.
In conclusion, French Connect 2013 represents a special opportunity for us and we will do our upmost to make sure that the event is just as special for you too. ”
Pascal PERSONNE, CEO, Aéroport de Bordeaux
Bordeaux... Recreates Bordeaux
The historical spearhead of the economy of the world’s most coveted wine and spirits, Bordeaux and its territory have set their historical riches to one side to welcome in the 21st century: Bordeaux has changed for good! The best traditions, nobility and lifestyle are still there as a powerful identity base, a springboard for all this energy, a new appetite for challenges to come. For several years, the Bordeaux metropolis and its region have experienced a major urban and economic transformation: the signs are visible in a city which is now just as lively as it is elegant, open, diverse, ambitious and inventive... Bordeaux invites you to rediscover the city!
Bordeaux opens up, Bordeaux attracts... the region has thousands of exporting businesses, numerous activities and facilities which encourage international exchanges. Its youth is spreading: while the campus hosts nearly 8,000 foreign students today, this number should double by 2015.
In nine years, the population of Bordeaux has increased by more than 9%, compared to the national average of less than 5.5%. The city and the region’s demographics place them amongst the most attractive places in France for the working population: newcomers are mainly in the 24-40 age range. In 10 years, the region has attracted 19% extra employees and in 30 years, their number has tripled! Today there are 1.4 million jobs, with a prospect for growth which is double the French average... Demographic, economic and structural evolution: Bordeaux aspires to become the French city of the next decade and to be in the top 10 European metropolises by 2020.
Competitive and Creative
The Bordeaux region owes is prosperity(1) to an economy which is both diverse and innovative: as well as the traditional food, wood and wine sectors, the region is also involved in some first-class industrial activities such as aeronautics. There is a high-level tertiary sector, activities with a high technological content and there are 4 national and international competitive clusters* (Alpha-Route des lasers, Aeroparc, Avenia, Xylofutur) combining training, research and industry with permanent innovative research: Ariane rocket boosters, Falcon planes, medical and surgical equipment, femtosecond lasers and plasma torches. These are just a few examples of the major products developed here.
(1) GDP: €79.9 billion
Facilities, tertiary projects, science and teaching, environment, sport, culture... In the North/South Atlantic Europe development axis, large-scale projects increase the potential of this region which is already one of the most dynamic in France, preparing for it to become the major transport hub for South-West Europe.
Bordeaux is the capital of a special region: economic energy, cultural exuberance linked to lifestyle, heritage and an exceptionally beautiful natural environment - this region is loved by its inhabitants(1). A unique setting which always attracts more visitors: 3 million today, in a broad range of tourists as well as business, visiting the rural countryside as well as the seaside or urban areas. In 10 years, the city’s Tourist Office has welcomed 43% more visitors and the number of hits for its websites has leapt up by 390%!
(1) During a recent survey, 97% of people expressed their satisfaction living here.