The Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau was created in 1971 by the Paris City Council and the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry as a non-profit making association ruled by the French law of 1 July 1901. Its missions are to welcome and provide visitors with information; to promote the capital’s attractions, in France and abroad; and to provide assistance to Paris tourism professionals.
Welcoming and providing visitors with information
To welcome and provide our visitors with information, the Bureau runs five tourist information centres in the most popular parts of the capital. Some 25 reception staff reply in 12 languages to tourism-related questions about Paris and the Paris region.
The website PARISINFO extends and complements the role of the centres’ reception teams. An international portal for tourism in Paris, this virtual ‘Bureau’ is presented in four languages (French, English, German, and Spanish) and partially translated in seven others. It offers every type of useful information for an enjoyable stay in Paris.
In order to provide a comprehensive service, the Bureau’s information centres and website combine information and advice with commercial products relating to accommodation, transport, culture and leisure.
Promoting the destination abroad
Working together with Parisian tourism professionals, the Bureau promotes Paris leisure and business tourism to tour operators and the media, advocates of the Paris destination. It develops a range of dedicated tools for them, notably the websites ‘press’ and ‘professionals’.
It elaborates and implements action plans targeted at its established markets and at markets with a high potential. To this effect, the Bureau organizes targeted operations (events, workshops) and takes part in trade shows, in France and abroad. In Paris, it offers familiarization tours for the press and tour operators. It replies to requests for help in the organization of company events. Finally, in synergy with the Paris City Council and the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIP), the Bureau supports the capital’s candidacies for the hosting of association congresses.
Supporting tourism professionals
A platform for networking, dialogue and for creating partnerships for tourism sector professionals, the Bureau federates some 1,800 professional members. It promotes their services on the website PARISINFO, and involves them in themed initiatives, which it pilots with its institutional and private-sector partners. It monitors developments in the tourism sector and relays strategic information back to the industry as a whole, notably via its web space ‘Parisian Professionals’.