The Paris Ile-de-France region is the leading economic region in Europe, and is a major decision-making centre where the largest international companies are located. The Paris Region trade shows benefit from this exceptional economic environment and attract a high-level business audience.
A global economic hub and an important decision-making centre
- Largest regional GDP in Europe, comparable to that of the Netherlands or Florida: 572 billion euros, GDP per capita: €48,400
- 816,400 companies and 6 million jobs
- Top European and second global location for the top 500 international companies
- 2nd European region for foreign direct investment (FDI) as well as 1st in terms of FDI job creation
- Top tourism region in the world: 42 million tourists every year
- The region of the country’s capital is the administrative and political centre of France; the Paris Ile-de-France region is home to around 20% of the French population and generates about 29% of the national wealth.
The economy of the Ile-de-France offers many local opportunities but above all it is the ideal gateway to the French and European markets.
The essence of innovation
- The leading region in Europe in terms of R&D with 95,500 researchers (i.e. 8% of European researchers) and expenditure of 17.4 million euros
- The region attracts the elite of global research: 10,000 foreign researchers with more than 80 different nationalities
- Leading European centre for students with more than 350 training centres and 17 universities
Paris, European hub
With one of the best passenger transport networks in the world and a privileged geographical position, the Paris Region is at the crossroads of Europe and provides fast and reliable access to the Paris Region trade shows, offering the opportunity to meet customers and prospects in France, in Europe and beyond. 425 trains (TGV) connect Paris with Brussels, London, Frankfurt, etc. every day; two international airports (through which more than 88 million passengers pass every year), serving 324 towns and cities in 135 countries around the world.
Paris is only a short flight from the main European capitals and the cities of the Mediterranean basin, and is less than 4 hours away from 500 million consumers.
In terms of accommodation, the Paris region has an unequalled range of 150,000 rooms which are unique in terms of price-quality (2nd place behind Budapest in 2007).