Business tourism in Lyon: a wealth of conventions in 2018

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2018 is set to be a productive year in terms of business tourism in the Lyon urban area. Once again, Lyon demonstrates its attractiveness and know-how in the organisation of conventions, with the arrival of major international events.

2018 is undoubtedly an excellent year for business tourism. Lyon is getting ready to welcome more than 20,500 people coming from all over the world to participate in 10 major conventions. The first one, which has just ended, set the tone. The 22nd French Language Pneumology Congress (CPLF) brought together around 5,000 people from France, Belgium, Switzerland, North Africa and other French-speaking parts of the world, to discuss the latest advances in this area.This year is even more promising as Lyon has just been selected to host 4 major international congresses, each attracting several thousands of attendees, over the coming years.

Hosting a congress for more than 1,000 participants is a collaborative effort that requires the involvement of numerous representatives of the destination. Following several years of collaboration, the teams working with the Lyon Convention and Exhibition Bureau: the Lyon Convention Centre and GL Events, have, once again this year, achieved the feat of hosting more than 10 major international congresses. The teams often require several years to jointly manage the bids, including promotion of the destination’s assets and infrastructures, site inspections and logistical support for the organisation of the events. These bids, which are also supported by local experts, contribute to the destination’s strength. The managers of The Web Conf 2018 decided to return to Lyon for a second time, only six years after the first edition held in the city (2012). This is extremely rare for a worldwide congress and it demonstrates the quality of both the teams’ work and the welcome given in Lyon.

Last year was a busy one in the areas of medicine and science in Lyon, and 2018 is no exception. The teams promoting Lyon as a destination for business tourism build on the foundations of a strong secular medical tradition. There are no less than 7 congresses related to these areas, such as The Congress of the French Society of Women’s Imaging (SIFEM), which will be held from the 7th to the 9th of June and will bring together nearly 1,200 participants at the Lyon Convention Centre, as well as the 23rd World Congress on Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders, which will attract some 1,400 participants.

About the Convention and Exhibition Bureau of Lyon

The Convention and Exhibition Bureau, a department of ONLYLYON Tourism and Conventions, is a free service dedicated to event organisers. Its team of nine people is responsible for informing, advising and supporting event professionals. A one-stop service, it connects local service providers that best meet the event’s specifications. For association conventions, Lyon Convention Bureau also supports bids, organizes inspection visits and provides tools to organisers.


Edmund Hazlewood – Development Manager
ONLYLYON Convention Bureau
Place Bellecour
BP 2254
69214 Lyon
+ 33 (0)4 72 77 62 88