Photos: UBIFRANCE and The French Pavilion at Cruise Shipping Miami 2011

cecile.delettre - 29-mars-2011 16:58:22
Last March 15 to 17, UBIFRANCE - French Trade Commission had the pleasure to showcase France’s know-how in the cruise industry and exquisite cruise destinations on the French Pavilion at the Cruise Shipping Miami Trade Show. Thanks to a delegation of 25 companies all specialized in different aspects of the cruise industry - engineering , equipment suppliers as well as cruise clubs and tourism offices - UBIFRANCE offered the visitors and other exhibitors at the show a large sample of the diversity of the industry in France.   Networking events were organized by  Atout France , throughout the show and enabled the French exhibitors to meet with American professionals and share their experience or discuss business opportunities. Following the show, in order to provide them with a better understanding of the US industry, UBIFRANCE also took the French  delegation on a tour of the Port of Miami , where they were welcomed by officials of the Port of Miami and of the Intergovernmental Affairs, as well as Gael de Maisonneuve, General Consul of France in Miami . Contact us for more information.  

UBIFRANCE presents the French Pavilion at Cruise Shipping Miami Next Week

Ubifrance Press USA - 11-mars-2011 21:36:11
UBIFRANCE - French Trade Commission is bringing 25 companies to the Cruise Shipping Miami Trade Show next week! From March 14 to 17, 2011, come and discover the diversity of products and services provided by the French Delegation, composed of the following companies: Engineering: AIA Architectes DL Services   Equipment suppliers: Converteam Enodis Manitowoc Group Vauconsant Zodiac Solas Ports of call and cruise clubs: The Bastia and Upper Corsica Chamber of Commerce of Industry The Ajaccio & South Corsica Chamber of Commerce & Industry French Atlantic Ports French Riviera Ports Marseille Provence Cruise Club Tourism offices: Atout France is Le Havre Office of Tourism   Please click here to download the press release for a detailed description of the companies or contact us for more information.

Var-Provence Region at Cruise Shipping Miami Show Next Month

Ubifrance Press USA - 08-mars-2011 22:34:28
The Var-Provence region is the second leading touristic destination in France just after Paris. Located on the southern coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea at the heart of both Provence and the French Riviera, this region is drenched in sun for at least 300 days of the year and is a commonly called-on tourist location. The region is home to famous places such as Saint-Tropez and the stunning lush valley of the Verdon River Gorge. In the last two years, the number of cruise passengers has more than doubled. Recently awarded as “Destination of the Year 2010” by a panel of cruise experts, the Var-Provence has established itself as a go-to tourist destination. The Var-Provence Cruise Club will be exhibiting at the Cruise Shipping Miami trade show from March 15 to 17, 2011, on the French Pavilion at booth 2059 in Hall C. In two years the cruise passengers’ number welcomed in Var-Provence has more than doubled and recorded an increase of +165%, to reach a total of more than 310,000 cruise passengers welcomed in 2010! Toulon, the leading port of the network, welcomed 85% of these visitors thanks to its sheltered facilities that can accommodate the biggest ships currently deployed in the Mediterranean. Aware of important strides made by the Var-Provence Cruise Club, the cruise community represented by a panel of cruise experts has designated it “Destination of the Year 2010” during the last Seatrade Insider Cruise Awards ceremony held at Seatrade Med in Cannes in last December. This recognition combined with the outstanding growth of the cruise activity in the area make of the Var-Provence more than a growing destination, but a true tourist establishment. The Var-Provence Cruise Club will be exhibiting at the Cruise Shipping Miami trade show from March 15 to 17, 2011, on the French Pavilion at booth 2059 in Hall C and also during the next edition of Cruise3sixty scheduled in Fort Lauderdale from April 13 to 16, 2011. About VPCC and the Var-Provence Region: Launched in 2008 by the Var Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIV) and the Var General Council (CG 83), the Var Provence Cruise Club (VPCC) is a network of 10 ports along the French Mediterranean coast. Centrally located in the Western and French Med, the Var Provence region  offers various alternatives for itinerary planners as much as for shore excursions managers. The strength of the VPCC network is linked to its wide offer on both nautical and touristic aspects since it offers various nautical options to itinerary planners. As an example, during the 2010 season, the Yachts of Seabourn has scheduled 42 calls in six different ports in the network. The whole network has welcomed 23 different cruise companies. On the other hand, the diversity of the VPCC ports also satisfies all segments of the cruise market. While the largest ships go to Toulon, medium- and small-sized ships from luxury companies tend to anchor at the other exclusive and charming ports. The variety also extends beyond the docks for shore excursions. The region offers a wide range of possibilities in both "brand-name" places such as Saint-Tropez, Le Castellet, Bormes les Mimosas and in off-the-beaten track places for more exclusive experiences. The VPCC’s website, , showcases more than 60 excursions ideas. From cooking classes to helicopter tours to visiting the Verdon River Gorge Grand Canyon (the largest canyon in Europe), almost anything is possible in the Var. For more information, please contact: VAR PROVENCE CRUISE CLUB/PORT OF TOULON Delphine Beudin Cruise Promotion & Operations Manager 236 Blvd. Maréchal Leclerc - BP 5501 83097 Toulon Cedex FRANCE Tel.: +33 4 94 22 88 18 E-mail: Web:  

Zodiac Brings New Escape Slide to Cruise Shipping Miami Show this March

Ubifrance Press USA - 10-févr.-2011 17:59:34
Zodiac will present its new escape slide system at the Cruise Shipping Miami trade show from March 14 to 17, 2011. The new  double-track slide SOLAS MES MIS (Marine Evacuation System – Medium Inflatable Slide) can evacuate nearly 400 passengers in less than 20 minutes. Zodiac SOLAS will be exhibiting on the French Pavilion at booth 2059. The SOLAS MES MIS slide offers the fastest speed of evacuation for small-to-medium ships and high-speed craft, moving as many as 397 passengers in 17 minutes 40 seconds and 731 passengers in 30 minutes. It’s adaptable: SOLAS MES MIS is available in four sizes covering freeboard installations from 4.7 to 9.3 meters (15.4 to 30.5 feet). Designed for deployment at right angles to the ship’s side, it is suitable for a wide range of vessels including  high-speed craft, small passenger vessels, military vessels and RORO ferries. The Zodiac SOLAS MES MIS  may be supplied for new construction or for retrofitting and can be provided with a range of additional equipment  such as life rafts.  It’s safe: Manufactured in France at the modern Zodiac factory at Chevanceaux near Bordeaux, the new escape system is EC-approved by Bureau Veritas. It successfully passed heavy weather trials, significantly exceeding the regulatory requirements which are tested to minimum wind strengths of Beaufort Force 6 and a 3M significant wave height. About Zodiac SOLAS: Zodiac Marine Division is a respected world leader in the design and manufacture of inflatable boats and survival equipment. It operates in three sectors that provide a comprehensive service to their specialized markets: o   The Zodiac SOLAS Sector supplies life rafts for merchant ships, ferries, and cruise ships as well as complete rescue systems combining escape slides, rafts and rescue boats. o   The Zodiac Military and Professional (MilPro) Sector supplies inflatable and semi-rigid craft for professional users such as fire teams and offshore users as well as military users such as armed forces and special forces. o   Inflatable and semi-rigid craft of the Zodiac Recreational Sector are distributed under the Zodiac®, Bombard® and Avon® brands. For more information, please contact: ZODIAC SOLAS Mark Hansen Sales Manager Tel.: (604) 278-3221 E-mail: Web: or: UBIFRANCE PRESS SERVICE 205 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 3730 Chicago, IL 60601 Tel.: (312) 327-5260 E-mail:

French Pavilion at Cruise Shipping Miami Will Host 25 Companies this March

Ubifrance Press USA - 31-janv.-2011 20:06:37
  See the Best of French Ports of Call and Cruise Equipment Manufacturers on the French Pavilion at the Cruise Shipping Miami show in March  Please click the thumbnail below to open a high-resolution image. Photo: French Pavilion poster Chicago, January 31, 2011 (word count: 688)  French business is returning the top trade show in the cruise industry, Cruise Shipping Miami from March 14 to 17, 2011. The French Pavilion, organized by Ubifrance, will bring 25 participants on 500 square meters and will be accompanied by GICAN ( Groupement Industriel des Constructions et Activités Navales ), which counts 140 members and accounts for 5 billion EUR of annual turnover. Also present on the French Pavilion will be Atout France, the agency for developing French tourism and several French regional chambers of commerce and industry, who will join the numerous equipment manufacturers from their regions. The list of participating engineering firms, equipment manufacturers, ports of call and tourism offices continues to grow. The following are the current companies registered to exhibit on the French Pavilion. Engineering: AIA Architectes is an association of architects and engineers that specialize in interior design for cruise ships. It is currently working for the biggest ferry lines such as Brittany Ferries, Scandlines, SEA-France, SNCM and CMN. DL Services designs, coordinates, and supervises new building and modernization/refit projects for cruise ships, putting together food flow concepts, layout designs with itemized budgeted equipment specifications, turnkey specifications, and installation supervision. Equipment suppliers:   Converteam is a worldwide specialist in power conversion to improve and secure customers’ process performance while lowering environmental impact. Marine is one of its main operating markets. Enodis Manitowoc Group specializes in tailor-made cooking equipment for the marine industry. It performs both rebuilds and new construction. It offers a large range of products including griddles, bratt pans, kettles, fryers, combi-ovens, blast chillers, microwave, meat slicers, mixers and more. Vauconsant  is the specialist in the manufacture of servery counters for the catering sector. For 2011, it releases a new collection of more energy-efficient counter modules. Zodiac Solas produces live-saving marine equipment including lifeboats and life rafts. Ports of call and cruise clubs: The  Bastia and Upper Corsica Chamber of Commerce of Industry has the cruise activity among its strategic axes and federates four ports of Upper Corsica, located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea and offering numerous possibilities of tourist and cultural activities in magnificent regions. The  Ajaccio & South Corsica Chamber of Commerce & Industry runs the ports of Ajaccio, Propriano, Bonifacio and Porto-Vecchio. New services provide an increased berthing capacity with a cruise dedicated pier in Ajaccio for ships up to 340 meters alongside and an extended quay in Propriano for ships up to 280 meters. French Atlantic Ports includes the ports of Bayonne, Bordeaux, Brest, La Rochelle, Lorient, Nantes Saint-Nazaire, Rouen and Saint Malo. After 10 years, the association strengthens its offer of French cruise destinations with the introduction of the ports of Le Havre and Cherbourg. Now, the English Channel and Atlantic coasts are completed, and ports can work together to promote the Western French destination towards the cruise companies. French Riviera Ports has recently added two new ports of call: Antibes and Golfe-Juan. These two ports join the mainstays Cannes, Nice, and Villefranche, making the French Riviera Ports the best way to access the region’s heritage and cosmopolitan culture. Marseille Provence Cruise Club: Marseille is one of the most important ports in The Mediterranean Sea and ideally located at the heart of the western Mediterranean. It welcomes 700,000 cruise visitors each year and will host Seatrade Med in 2012.  In 2013, Marseille-Provence will have the title of European Capital of Culture. For 365 days, the territory will host a rich artistic and cultural program, providing and ideal opportunity for tourists to discover the Provence and Marseille, its lifestyle, its heritage. Tourism offices: Atout France is the official French government tourism office. The office’s website includes practical travel information for visitors, destination guides, event listings, and much more. Le Havre Office of Tourism promotes Le Havre, the premier French cruise port of the European west coast. The port of Le Havre has the capacity to host the biggest cruise ships in service in the world, round the clock. From Paris to Le Havre, river cruise ships take the impressionist itinerary of the Seine Valley. For more information, please contact:   UBIFRANCE Brice Ortole Trade Advisor, Pavilion Organizer Tel.: +33 1 40 73 35 75 E-mail: Web:
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