Paris – for tourists it is the city of the Mona Lisa, the Eiffel Tower, and the Arc de Triomphe. Wander around in the historical streets, surrounded by the beautiful Parisian scenery and great ambience. Start your day with a delicious French baguette with jam and a café au lait. After a satisfying retail therapy session in the stores at the Champs-Élysées, go for a delicious pastry at the well-known Ladurée tearoom. End your day with a scrumptious dinner at the many luxurious restaurants Paris has to offer and take a quick look at the Eiffel Tower, because it is unbelievably stunning at night. For tourists, this is what a typical day would look like; exploring the city and visiting the landmarks. But for businesses, Paris is so much more.


The region of Paris, Île-de-France, is Europe’s biggest economic area with the highest GDP in the European Union, surpassing other European countries (IAU-IDF, 2018). The region is the core of Europe’s technological developments and hosts many corporate headquarters of major firms (IAU-IDF, 2018). Not only companies are headquartered in Paris, but also international institutions such as Unicef, UNESCO, and the OECD (Paris Digest, 2018). It is Europe’s second-biggest region for leading international companies (IAU-IDF, 2018).

The region is internationally praised for its outstanding infrastructure, education, science, and technology (IAU-IDF, 2018).

Situated outside Paris, La Défense is Europe’s largest business district (Paris Info, 2015). The skyscrapers in the district are not what you would expect in a city noted for its historical buildings and medieval architecture. Nonetheless, La Défense is home to over 3000 companies, including many multinationals, and has over 300,000 daily visitors (Paris Attitude, 2017).  Not only renowned for its business activities, but the district is also popular with tourists for its modern architecture. The iconic Grande Arche monument located in La Défense is a door-shaped building where you can see the Champs-Élysées, the Louvre, and the Arc de Triomphe (Prompt Guides, 2018). The designer, Johan Otto V. Spreckelsen, originally intended the monument to be a “window onto the world” where people from different nationalities could come together to talk (La Grande Arche, 2017).

When you’re planning to go to Paris for work, it is best to stay in the well-known areas that have sufficient facilities for business travellers. The La Clef residences are perfect if you’re looking for a local and luxurious stay. The La Clef Louvre is located in the 1st arrondissement close to important places such as the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe. The La Clef Tour Eiffel is located in the 16th arrondissement in a beautiful historical area close to the Champs-Élysées. Generally, staying central in areas such as Opéra, Concorde, Champs-Élysées and Notre Dame are best suited for business travellers (CTM, sd).

Food will not be a problem for you in Paris. Haute-cuisine restaurants such as Pierre Gagnaire, Le Cinq, and L’Arpège serve some of the best dishes in Paris (The Mouth, 2015). For other alternatives, try local restaurants and brasseries such as Brasserie Julien and La Coupole (Time Out, 2018). Do not worry about how to get to the places if you do not own a car, the Paris public transport system (metros, trains, trams, and buses) is the most perfect way to travel through the city (Paris Info, 2015).

Paris is a city with enough to explore. From the Eiffel Tower to La Défense, the city is filled with impressive monuments, buildings, and great food. With its grand business environment, it has enough facilities to accommodate business travellers. The Parisian way of life will surprise you and hopefully charm you. Bon voyage!

 

By Melisa Kirdi


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