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Paris, the "City of Light," is one of the international MICE capitals, drawing millions of tourists from around the world every year. It is a glorious city renowned for its café culture, fine dining, and high fashion, among many more attractions. Paris also has one of the most comprehensive transportation networks in the world. The city is served by three commercial airports: Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris Orly, and Beauvais-Tillé. Visitors can choose from taxis, buses, shuttle services, airport coaches, or the RER train service to get to the city center or around in the city.
One of the two main venues in Paris for conventions, congresses, and exhibitions is Le Palais des Congrés de Paris that is attached to the Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile and right across from Le Meridien Etoile. The Palais des Congrés has 32,000 square meters of event space, which includes 19,000 square meters of exhibition areas, 4 auditoriums, 20 breakout rooms, 85 meeting rooms, and a VIP Club. The other venue is the Paris expo Porte de Versailles, which has 221,235 square meters of customizable space, including 8 pavilions, 2 auditoriums, 32 meeting rooms, and 21,000 square meters of outdoor exhibition space.
The best hotels in Paris for conferences and events include Pullman Paris Montparnasse that has more than 4,000 square meters of meeting and banquet space; Hyatt Regency Paris Étoile, which has over 2,900 square meters of event space and 25 modular meeting rooms; Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel & Conference Center that has 55 event rooms; Westin Paris - Vendôme with 2,000 square meters of total meeting space; and Le Meridien Etoile, with over 2,300 square meters of total meeting space and 1,025 guest rooms.
Other popular MICE hotels close to the famed Palace of Versailles are the Mercure Paris Vaugirard Porte de Versailles; Oceania Paris Porte de Versailles; Trianon Palace Versailles, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel; Pullman Château de Versailles; and Novotel Château de Versailles hotels. Airport properties with great meeting spaces include the Hilton Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport; the Hyatt Regency Paris - Charles de Gaulle; the Paris Marriott Charles de Gaulle Airport; and the Hilton Paris Orly Airport.
All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.
Paris features an oceanic climate that rarely sees extreme temperatures. Summers are warm, with temperatures averaging between 24°C and 12°C. Winter temperatures average between 9°C and 1°C.
Rainfall in Paris is low, and snowfall is even rarer. Average yearly precipitation is 642 millimeters. Thanks to its consistent climate, any month is a great one to be in Paris. Many guests find springtime and fall great seasons for enjoying Paris' outdoors to the fullest.
The two main facilities in Paris for conventions, congresses and exhibitions are Le Palais des Congres de Paris, with more than 350,000 square feet of space, including almost 200,000 for exhibit, four auditoriums and 105 meeting rooms, and Paris Porte de Versailles, which has more than two million square feet of indoor and outdoor space, including eight exhibition halls, two auditoriums and 32 meeting rooms.
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Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG)
The French capital's principal airport is Paris - Charles de Gaulle Airport, which is 23 kilometers to the north of Paris by the A1 motorway. The airport has direct flights to all the populated continents of the world and an impressive roster of direct service to North America. The airport has three terminals connected by free shuttle buses. Paris CDG boasts a comprehensive selection of facilities, services, bars, and restaurants for travelers. Free ADP airport shuttles depart every day, every 5 to 8 minutes, from Terminal 2 to RER stations.
Paris-Orly Airport (ORY)
Located 14 km south-east of Paris, Paris-Orly Airport is the second major airport in the city. This international airport mainly serves French-speaking destinations but also has direct connections to London, Newark, and New York City. The airport has two terminals: the West terminal and the South terminal. Free shuttles run between the terminals roughly every 8 minutes. Numerous public transport connections make the journey between Paris and Orly airport easy.
Paris–Le Bourget Airport (LBG)
Paris–Le Bourget Airport is an airport located approximately 12 km north-northeast of Paris, in the departments of Seine-Saint-Denis and Val-d'Oise. It is used only for general aviation including business jet operations. It also hosts air shows, most notably the Paris Air Show.
Beauvais–Tille Airport (BVA)
Beauvais–Tillé Airport is an international airport near the city of Beauvais in the commune of Tillé in France. Paris Beauvais Airport serves more than 60 destinations in 20 countries, and new routes are regularly added. It is served by low-fare European airlines, namely Ryanair, Wizz Air, Blue Air, Volotea and Air Moldova.
The collective rail network of the capital comprises 16 metro lines, 6 RER lines, and 3 tramway lines that connect more than 400 stations. Metros run at intervals of less than 2 minutes on some lines at rush hour. Additionally, metros and trams run until 2:15 am on Fridays, Saturdays, and on the evenings before public holidays.
Paris' bus network takes visitors anywhere in the capital and inner suburbs. The many bus lanes in the city help decrease travel time. A network of electric minibuses, called "Les Traverses," also operate in some districts of Paris. Buses operate from Monday to Saturday from 7:00 am to 8:30 pm.
Around 17,000 taxis operate in Paris day and night. Visitors can take a taxi by hailing one in the street, at a taxi rank, or by calling one of the main taxi firms.
Some private companies offer vehicles for hire that do not have a taxi sign on the roof nor a meter inside. The rental cars can only accept passengers if a booking has been previously made for them. A fixed price is decided on in advance, and the services are personalized. A variety of vehicles can be hired under the rental car service, including minivans and limousines.
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