Tourism, Hospitality, Sport

Bpifrance partners with Business France to launch French Hospitality Mission 2018

Rejula ARUN - 30-avr.-2018 10:29:22

From April 23rd to 25th, 2018 in Dubai • Promising French Hospitality companies and corporations represented within the delegation • Bilateral ties between the two countries continuously grown and strengthened via the hospitality sector • Promoting French Business Opportunities in UAE’s Hospitality Sector United Arab Emirates: 30 April 2018: Bpifrance, the French public investment bank partnered with Business France, the national agency in charge of the international development of the French economy, to develop a mission to explore market opportunities, financial associations and operational leadership in the hotel and restaurant services sectors in the UAE. On the occasion of the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) trade show that took place at the end of April 2018, delegates and representatives from the industry took part in the mission to develop partnerships and business associations. The mission included a series of meetings with local partners, promoters, investors and franchisees to discuss French hospitality innovative offering and how it can be applied to the industry at large.  The UAE’s strong economic diversification and its hub position in the Middle East lend itself to being one of the most favorable countries for the hospitality sector, with growth at exponential rates. French businesses in the hotel, restaurant and catering services brought their renowned expertise to the discussion tables with their Emirati counterparts, further bridging and reinforcing the strong bonds shared by the two nations. With more than 700 hotels and 138,000 hotel rooms; representing a minimum of € 6.1 billion investment, Dubai alone, is one of the strategic cities of focus for the mission. By Expo 2020, the numbers are set to increase by an estimated at 40,000 additional rooms and although the hotel market is very competitive and pre-empted by large operators, the French delegation foresees prosperous opportunities for new concepts.   For Pedro Novo, head of Export Finance at Bpifrance: "This mission is perfectly in line with the DNA of Bpifrance, identify the leading companies in their sector and facilitate their international acceleration by providing specific funding and support services. The United Arab Emirates (UAE), real hub of the Middle East, Asia and Africa, which has made tourism a priority in terms of investment, constitutes an ideal destination for French hospitality and catering companies, who were able to highlight the French Touch". Key French hospitality entrepreneurs who participated across the dedicated mission include B&B HOTELS, LOUVRE HOTELS GROUP, OCEANIA HOTELS, MAISON ALBAR HOTEL, DUMAS PARIS, ÉCOLE SUPÉRIEURE D’HÔTELLERIE DE PARIS (ESH Paris), GRAND LUXURY GROUP, EPICURE CORPORATE, and POTEL ET CHABOT. The sectors studied for professional opportunities ranged from hotels, restorations & catering services, hospitality training institutes. Marc Cagnard, French Trade Commissioner in the UAE and Managing Director at Business France Middle East added : « As a leading tourist destination, France welcomes more than 83 million international tourists yearly accross + 20 000 hotels - more than 1 700 fourstar and 320 five-star. Within the frame of the hospitality week in Dubai, we wanted to organize a French Hospitality Mission to support 10 french entrepreneurs that we carefully selected to fit with local demand in the UAE. French experts wanted to show their expertise, know how and create synergies with local counterparts in order to highlight the local offer in the lead up to Expo 2020 and beyond it. In addition to the preparations and competing on tenders for Expo 2020, the French delegation also worked toward future hospitality goals taking into consideration the plans for the Vision 2030 and the Dubai Plan 2021 defining it as the preferred place to live, work and visit. During this week, Bpifrance Excellence, corporate network of 4000 businesses organized a half a day immersion in the desert of Dubai to offer a collective experience to the delegation, provide a real-life experience and help them discover the most admirable natural spots of Dubai. The program included round tables with the participation of Olivier Granet, CEO Middle East & Africa, AccorHotels, Gaelle Doré, Managing Director, Cent Degrés Middle East, Stéphanie Danial, and Nara Escape and Yann Mrazek, Partner M-HQ.    Note to Editors: Bpifrance – subsidiary of Caisse des Dépôts and the French State – is a long-standing trusted partner of entrepreneurs and corporations, from their launch phase and registration in the stock market to provision of facilities of credit, guarantees and capital.  Bpifrance also provides support and follow up in partnership with Business France and Coface to ensure sound expansion, better business and strong innovation of French corporations. Bpifrance offers French firms and corporations an array of funding solutions to support their phases of expansion and growth. In addition, its offerings are perfectly adapted to individual regional specificities and characteristics. Bpifrance spreads its activities in 48 regional offices (where 90 % of its funding decisions taken in regional offices), hence becoming a worthy economic competitive tool for entrepreneurs. Bpifrance works in line with state and regional public policies to achieve the following objectives: • enhance regional economic development • play a key role in boosting French industrial revival • provide opportunities for future champions to thrive Bpifrance is a strong, close and efficient partner of firms and corporations, capable of fulfilling all their needs of funding, innovation and investment. www.bpifrance.fr  / Twitter : @bpifrance About Business France: Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE international internship program. You can follow the different steps of the mission through Twitter: Accounts  Hashtags  @BF_MiddleEast @bpifrance @Bpiexcellence  #FrenchHospitalityMission2018   For more info, feel free to contact Business France: Miryem Oukas Head of Communications – Middle East Mobile: +971 (0)55 478 32 15 Mail : miryem.oukasmessidi@businessfrance.fr


France looking forward to bolster cooperation between French and Qatari organizations in the sports industry, Qatar

Rejula ARUN - 22-nov.-2017 06:13:18

• French Qatar Sports Days Conference, organized by Business France from November 20th to 22nd, Intercontinental Hotel, Doha • 9 leading companies to showcase their latest innovations QATAR, Doha - November 2017 ; Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, organizes its second edition of the “French Qatar Sport Days” from November 20 to 22 in Doha, Qatar. Qatar has been awarded to host the upcoming Football World Cup 2022. France acquired a strong record by hosting several international sporting events over the last decades and will organize the Rugby World Cup 2023 and the Olympic Games 2024. In this context, French companies involved in the field of sports are keen to put their latest innovations at the disposal of Qatar. The conference is operated by Mediatree, French company specialized in ICT contents and media set up, established in Qatar for more than 10 years, under the sponsorship of Mr. Saad Al Dabbagh, CEO of Hafeet group. It will cover various topics such as smart stadiums and digital transformation. Orange Business Services will speak about ICT network, Gorgy Timing will introduce its digital signage, Payintech will present its e-payment services, whereas Vitec will showcase its broadcast solutions. The conference is also gathering health and safety management professionals such as ISMA, the official medical manager of Euro 2016 and FIFA World Cup 1998 which were held in France.                                                                                                                   How to improve the users experience in sporting venues ? The following sports professionals will share their feedbacks on this panel : AREP, the urban planning company which designed the Torch Hotel in Aspire Zone as well as MOBISPORT CONCEPT, manufacturer of Thermobanc, the new concept of team shelter. As France and Qatar have a common passion for equestrian sports, FERLIM startup has been selected to showcase its customized and innovative horseshoes. During the event, a cluster of 30 French companies based in Doha, French Team 4 Sport, will highlight some projects their members are currently successfully working on. Christelle Peyran, Head of Business France Qatar, stated: “France is an innovative nation, including in sports, Le Tremplin, our first business incubator focusing on the sports sector, opened in 2016 in Paris (Jean Bouin stadium). We have many other examples about the development of new technologies driven by sport infrastructures and venues, such as the official stadium of Nice football team, Allianz Riviera Stadium, is powered by 7,000 square meters of solar panels.” Note to Editors: About Business France Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location. Business France launched in 2015 its first international campaign called: “CREATIVE FRANCE”, in order to promote France’s economic attractiveness, strengthen perceptions towards France image and create positive conditions for French economic development. For more information: Christelle PEYRAN Head of Business France Qatar christelle.peyran@businessfrance.fr +974 4402 1757  


Leading French Companies Meet with Sports Leaders and Decision Makers in Qatar

YASMINA OUARI - 28-sept.-2016 13:10:39

Doha, QATAR – September 2016; Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, organizes “French Qatar Sport Days” from October 11 – 15, 2016, in Doha, Qatar. The event coincides with the Road World Championships organized by the Union Cycliste Internationale from 9-16 October 2016 in the heart of Doha, the first Middle East city to host the championship as well as many other international sport events including the 2022 FIFA world Cup.  Representatives of the French participating companies will visit local partners and distributors to offer their know-how, products and services, and will hold collective BtoB meetings with sports authorities and decision makers. Over a period of five days, they will meet with the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the Qatar Olympic Committee and the Ministry of Culture and Sports. The program includes also the visit of a couple of football stadiums and clubs as well as meetings with Aspire Zone in addition to Aspire Zone site visit. About the event, Christelle Peyran, Head of Business France Qatar, said: “Qatar is getting ready to host the first Road World Championship in the Middle East among other major sport events such as the World Gymnastics Championship in 2018 and the FIFA World Cup in 2022. We believe that introducing leading French companies to local authorities and decision makers in the field of sports is a great opportunity for both parties to foster mutual relationships and help improve the economy of both countries”. French companies participating in the event include:  AREP, a multidisciplinary organization designing spaces and offering their expertise in all areas of urban planning and construction: multimodal hubs and railway stations, public amenities, offices, hotels and housing, shopping centers and technical facilities. DIETAL, a company specialised in the design and the manufacturing of professional indoor lighting fixtures.  ETIENNE LACROIX – RUGGIERI , one of leading companies in the pyrotechnic  field and fireworks. MARTY SPORTS, a company specialized in the design, manufacturing, marketing and installation of sports equipment.  MEDIATREE GROUP, a multinational contents, technologies, broadcast, production and media company. ORANGE BUSINESS SERVICES, a global Information and Communication Technologies services provider.  OMNIRIS TECHNOLOGIES, a company specialized in the provision of fully integrated solutions to large venues (stadia & arena, theme parks, zoos & aquarias, museums and resorts).  SEAVER is a highly successful French start-up company based in Paris that is developing the first ever smart equipment for horses. French companies are ready to make all their skills and latest technologies available to fulfill Qatar’s sustainable objectives towards its major sport events. A group of French companies based in Qatar has founded a local cluster called French Team for Sport, supported by the French Embassy and Business France, to offer integrated solutions in the whole sport event value chain to the Qatari Authorities. French Team for Sport, which gathers 60 companies members will launch its website, under the patronage of Thierry Braillard, French Secretary of State in charge of Sport, during the Doha Cycling Road World Championship 2016.  Last June, Business France has launched globally a digital catalog in English that presents French expertise in organizing Major Events (Olympics, World Cup soccer...) and Sports Equipment available on : http://businessfrance.jpm-associes.com/Team-France-Sport/ .   About Business France Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE international internship program. Business France has recently launched its first international campaign called: “CREATIVE FRANCE”, in order to promote France’s economic attractiveness, strengthen perceptions towards France image and create positive conditions for French economic development. For media inquiries, please contact: Miryem Oukas Messidi Regional Communications Manager Mobile: +971 (0)55 478 32 15  Mail : miryem.oukasmessidi@businessfrance.fr   


REED EXPOSITIONS FRANCE appoints Boris Provost as Director of EQUIPHOTEL

OUARI YASMINA - 22-sept.-2016 14:23:13

Boris Provost is appointed Director of EquipHotel,the international event for hotel and catering professionals organised by Reed When he takes up his role in late September 2016, Boris Provost’s two key remits will be to develop EH Business Club, the new meetings event launching in Cannes in October 2017, and to expand the EH360 digital networking platform. He will then continue to develop EquipHotel, in France and internationally, directly overseeing the organisation of the show’s next session in November 2018. This appointment is part of the show’s ambitious growth strategy, as implemented over the past 4 sessions by Corinne Menegaux, Director of the Food Services & Hospitality, Retail, Healthcare, Communication & Culture Division at Reed Expositions France. “The tourism and hospitality sector is currently undergoing radical transformation. EquipHotel’s mission – as it has always been over the years – is to support industry professionals as they face these new challenges, by continuously delivering new ideas and new content,” says Corinne Menegaux, who will remain highly involved in the event’s strategy and future developments. As new ways of consuming various tourism products evolve ever more rapidly, with new players and new digital solutions constantly appearing on the scene, Boris Provost will need to anticipate major changes in the sector in order to communicate these effectively at the   show. “It’s a challenge I’m thrilled to be taking on! EquipHotel is part of an industry that’s constantly changing and I’m keen to contribute to these developments through my initiatives for the show. The pleasure of doing this will be all the greater for working with Corinne Menegaux and the existing exhibition team. In this context, the priority is to leverage all possible resources simultaneously, in France and internationally, in order to engage the entire hospitality sector around the EquipHotel brand – at the show in Paris, at the EH Business Club in Cannes and via our new EH360 digital platform!” says Boris Provost. In his previous role at WSN Développement, organiser of the fashion exhibitions Who’s Next and Première Classe, Boris Provost was successively responsible for marketing, communications, international development and the creation of exhibitions and other events in international markets. Now he’s set to bring these 15 years of experience with him to serve EquipHotel and its ambitions for the future. EQUIPHOTEL: at Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles from 6 to 10 November 2016 EquipHotel in brief EquipHotel is organised by Reed Expositions, the leading trade show organiser. Its portfolio of major hospitality industry events includes: EquipHotel Paris, Marocotel by EquipHotel, Marocofood, Marrakech Hospitality Style, Parizza, Sandwich & Snack Show, Japan Food Show, Vending Paris. Combined, these shows attract more than 2,500 exhibitors and more than 200,000 visitors. www.equiphotel.com


ENHANCE KNOWLEDGES AND INSPIRATION AT EQUIPHOTEL 2016 6-10 November 2016 at the Paris-Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre (France)

YASMINA OUARI - 21-sept.-2016 13:31:28

For more than 50 years EquipHotel has been helping international hospitality and catering professionals decode trends, discover innovations and build their networks, with the firm intention of offering new solutions and growth drivers for everyone operating in the hospitality and catering industry. EquipHotel is a source of inspiration for architects, decorators and designers from all over the globe.   CAPSULES WITH CONCRETE SOLUTIONS TO CURRENT ISSUES Hotel and restaurant professionals will have the chance to discover tangible and immediately practicable solutions for use in their establishments thanks to the Capsule series, an inspirational addition to Studio16, the 3,000-sqm ephemeral hotel-restaurant installed at the heart of the exhibition.  The Capsules are the matrices for the hospitality of the future, transforming constraints into sources of business for professionals, while enhancing the well-being of a varied range of customer profiles (families, business travellers and others).  Venues for inspiration, venues to gain insight into solutions, the Capsules reveal their content and added value:  Senses ROOM: universal design & accessibility  Experience the Senses Room – a 72sqm suite exploring accessibility through the theme of the “five senses”. It will perfectly embody the standards of high-end, international luxury hotels, while deploying new technologies, the finest materials and endless ways of stimulating the senses.   Spa Capsule: Spa & Wellness  Isabelle Charrier, Founder and Director of Emotion SPA magazine, will curate the Spa Capsule with a comprehensive, pragmatic and future-focused programme of talks on the spa business covering topics such as market developments, architecture, management, profitability and new studies. ERGO ROOM: risk prevention & ergonomics  This room aims to promote the prevention of occupational risks as a growth driver for businesses, providing concrete solutions to issues including musculo-skeletal problems, workforce retention and strenuous work. ORIGINE Capsule: sustainable development & technological innovations Origine is an energy-efficient, biosourced space for recharging your batteries.  This project’s ambition is to design a prototype hotel room and bathroom as it could look in 2020, by integrating sustainable development criteria and technological innovations. Get your free access! Use the code: TAE12  www.equiphotel.com   


TOP BUYERS CLUB

YASMINA OUARI - 18-août-2016 12:53:15

About the Club Ever heard of the TOP BUYERS CLUB? It is EquipHotel’s specially developed programme, totally dedicated to leading buyers from France and around the world.  Its aim: to promote business introductions between these purchasers and the sellers of products and solutions from the hotel and restaurant sector.  During 5 days, the Top Buyer’s Club will offer a special welcome to all French and International Top Buyers registered on EH360, the matchmaking platform to initiate business connections between buyers and sellers.  Our guests:  -Hotel investors, restaurant owners -Distributors, importers -Architects, interior designers  -Design offices  -Upmarket hotel managing directors and purchasing managers  A specific programme will be offered to these guests with free sightseeing tours of iconic and trending hotels tour in Paris and of STUDIO16, and networking touchpoints every day on the show. Finally, prior to the show, the EH360 platform will enable them to maximise their business contacts, promoting matchmaking and facilitating appointments with exhibitors.  250 VIP Top Buyers will be invited all-expenses paid (travel and accommodation) to EquipHotel.  They trust us: Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, AccorHotels, Hilton Worldwide, Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi, Grand Hotel Oslo  Do you wish to join the TOP BUYERS CLUB? Then get in touch fast: there are only 250 spaces available!    EQUIPHOTEL: at Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles from 6 to 10 November 2016 International Marketing Manager Laur Thouverez Tel. +33 (0)1 47 56 50 56 Email : laur.thouverez@reedexpo.fr EquipHotel in brief The EquipHotel trade show is organised by Reed Exhibitions, the leading trade show organiser. Its portfolio of major hospitality industry events includes: EquipHotel Paris, Marocotel by EquipHotel, Marocofood, Marrakech Hospitality Style, Parizza, Sandwich & Snack Show, Japan Food Show, Vending Paris. Combined, these shows attract more than 2,500 exhibitors and more than 200,000 visitors. About REED EXPOSITIONS FRANCE - www.reedexpo.fr Present in 20 industry sectors, with 52 leading events—including Batimat, EquipHotel, IFTM-Top Resa, Expoprotection, Pollutec, Midest, SITL, Maison & Objet*, Fiac, Paris Photo, Nautic—and 51 websites, Reed Expositions delivers contacts, content and communities with the power to transform our customers’ business. More than 24,400 companies and 1.58 million buyers, from France and abroad, are customers of our events.  Reed Expositions is a member of the Reed Exhibitions Group, the world’s leading events organiser and a leader in the French market with more than 60 events and 2 subsidiaries: Reed Expositions France and Reed Midem. *organised by the SAFI, a subsidiary of Reed Expositions and Ateliers d’Art de France                      


SPORTS INDUSTRY: FRENCH EXPERTISE FOR EXPORT IN ONE CLICK

OUARI YASMINA - 23-juin-2016 11:50:51

United Arab Emirates June 2016 - To mark EURO 2016, which takes place in France from June 10 to July 10, 54 French companies will be displayed for the first time in a digital catalog in English that presents French expertise in organizing Major Events (Olympics, World Cup soccer...) and Sports Equipment. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, the Ministry of the Economy, Industry and Digital, and Business France - the national agency working for the internationalization of the French economy - have therefore desired, through their networks abroad, to promote the French offer and companies in the Sports sector to decision-makers abroad (Olympic committees, foreign ministries, business partners...). Each of these French companies is presenting its expertise, references, and innovative products and services in English, illustrating the wide diversity of the offer: sports infrastructure, services and facilities, catering, events, security, ticketing, sports marketing and all activity related to sport and health, to innovation. Under the auspices of the French Minister for Urban Affairs, Youth and Sport, Patrick Kanner, the official launch of this marketing tool took place at Business France in Paris, on May 26, 2016, during the International Meeting of Major Sports Events - RIGES. Delegations from Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Qatar and Russia were able to exclusively discover it, in the presence of the companies concerned. This initiative is part of the Inter-Ministerial Action Plan for the "Euro 2016" Soccer tournament and represents the commitment of the Government and State services at national level to ensure the international influence of a creative France. To view the catalog: http://businessfrance.jpm-associes.com/Team-France-Sport For further information, contact:   Sylvie FURE Head of the Decoration - Sports – Tourism department Tel.: +33 (0) 1 40 73 34 24 sylvie.fure@businessfrance.fr Viviane SILBERSTEIN Major Sports Events Project Manager Tel.: +33 (0) 1 40 73 37 19 viviane.silberstein@businessfrance.fr Press contacts : Miryem Oukas Messidi Head of communications Mobile: +971 (0)55 478 32 15 Mail : miryem.oukasmessidi@businessfrance  


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Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE international internship program. Founded on January 1, 2015 through a merger between UBIFRANCE and the Invest in France Agency, Business France has 1,500 personnel, both in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public- and private-sector partners. For further information, please visit:  www.businessfrance.fr Consulting:  Law and regulation Market benchmarking Projects and requests for proposals Contacts : Market prospection Exhibitions and B to B meetings Technologic partnerships Communication : Press and public relations Professional advertisements Commerc

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