Nantes, France

Organisation: Nantes Saint-Nazaire Developpement 
Contact: Sylvie Mazin
Year: 2018

GDS-Index Category Breakdown

Category Total
Environmental Performance 76%
Social Performance 64%
Supplier Performance 38%
Destination Management Performance 57%

Destination Highlights

Hectares of green area per 100 000 population


Located in the west of France, Nantes is an unmissable destination for association events, an eco-congress city that excels in hosting world events. The city revels in originality and boosts inspiration – that is certainly an added value for event organisers and delegates alike! Boasting first-class accommodation in 8,650 hotel rooms, within easy reach by air and less than two hours away from most European cities, the birthplace of Jules Verne was once named “the loopiest city in France”in a Sunday Times article.Everything here is amazingly creative, bustling and vibrant: Nantes boasts stunning venues, a giant elephant walking down the streets and you can even organise a gala dinner among huge odd creatures!

Energy sourced from renewables
City traffic congestion level
Waste sent to landfill

Today, the territory is a centre of excellence for a large number of key industries such as digital economy, culture and creativity, mechanical industries, health and biotechnology, sustainable development. In addition, 2,200 researchers and 54,000 students from all over the world make up a highly-recognised network of higher education schools and institutes.

Corruption Perception ranking
World Bank Inequality Index Score (Lower score represents lower inequality)
Gender Inequality Index ranking

Awarded European Green Capital 2013, Nantes ensures that social and environmental responsibility underlies all the commitments set out in the Charter. Sustainability and collective engagement are two overarching values that are constantly demonstrated towards event organisers and delegates.

City's hotels easily accessible by public transport to/from congress and exhibition centres
PCOs and DMCs have a written sustainability policy
Exhibition centres have sustainability certification

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Has the CVB established and is implementing a destination sustainability strategy?
Does the destination regularly measure and report on sustainable destination progress?
Does the CVB support or lead local sustainability training for cities MICE industry?
Does the CVB support or local authorities provide incentives or funding for organisations wanting to gain sustainability certification or issue a sustainability reports
Does the CVB provide free or subsidized public transport passes for major conventions?
Does CVB/DMO provide clients with ideas and resources to support the local community?

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