Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world. In 2018, the capital, and more generally the IDF region, even welcomed 50 million visitors. But it is not only tourists who are seduced by the City of Light. Whether it is for a stay of a few days as part of a business trip or to settle down for a longer period of time during a professional expatriation, Paris attracts people.

Paris, a popular destination for expatriates

History, gastronomy, architecture, culture… So many arguments that attract expatriates to the capital. Even if the whole city is full of wonders worth a visit, some parts of Paris are more popular with expatriates when it comes to finding accommodation to settle there, whether for a short, medium or long period.

Expats’ favourite neighbourhoods to stay in Paris

Starting with the districts in the city centre, the most historic districts of the capital located around the Seine. The favourite districts for expatriates are: the 4th, also known as the Marais. It is a great place to live with its small steep streets but also its historical sites such as Ile de la Cité, Ile Saint-Louis and of course, Notre-Dame Cathedral. The 5th arrondissement, the Pantheon district, the oldest in Paris, is also very popular. Then the 6th, the most expensive district in Paris with its famous Saint-Germain-des-Prés district and its green setting: the Jardin du Luxembourg.

The 7th arrondissement, which is also full of wonders and cultural sites such as the Musée d’Orsay, Quai Branly, the Eiffel Tower, but also luxury apartments in the many Haussmann buildings, convinces expatriates to make it their home when they settle or stay in Paris.

After the centre, head west of the capital and its upscale districts such as the 15th arrondissement. More bourgeois, famous for the rue Vaugirard, the longest street in Paris and the Montparnasse tower. The 16th arrondissement, the largest in the capital, is extremely green, with the Bois de Boulogne and its sports venues such as the Parc des Princes and Roland-Garros. The 17th arrondissement is also a success with expatriates with its charming Batignolles district and the superb Parc Monceau: it is a rather family district.

Also noteworthy, still to the west, is the Hauts-de-Seine department, which is also very popular, especially since it is located near the business centre of La Défense, which is none other than the largest business district in Europe.

Paris: a destination appreciated by business travellers

Paris enjoys an international reputation on a professional level. According to a 2018 Egencia study, the French capital ranks third among the most popular destinations for business travellers after New York and London. Throughout the year, professionals regularly visit Paris for a short stay as part of a business trip, particularly to attend one of the events organized in the capital. Indeed, in Paris, 420 international trade shows are held each year in its many exhibition centres.

Trade shows in Paris in 2019 and 2020

Among the most important are the Parc des Expositions de la Porte de Versailles, the largest French exhibition centre, located in the 15th arrondissement. There is something for every taste and every profession. Among them, classified by date: the Who’s Next for Fashion (6-9 September 2019), the Wedding Fair (14 & 15 September 2019), from 1 to 3 October 2019 will be held APS – Le Salon Professionnel de la Sûreté et de la Sécurité and Le Mobility for Business, from 1 to 4 October 2019 : IFTM Top Resa, a trade fair for tourism professionals, the Salon du Chocolat from 30 October to 3 November 2019, Heavent Paris – Le salon de la Création et de l’Innovation événementielle (26-28 November 2019) and the Salon Nautique International de Paris from 7 to 15 December 2019. Then from 2020, the must-attend International Agricultural Show and the Concours Général Agricole (22 February – 1 March 2020), the World Tourism Show from 12 to 15 March 2020, the Body Fitness Paris from 13 to 15 March 2020, the Paris Book Fair (20-23 March 2020), the Paris Fair (30 April – 11 May 2020) and the Mondial de l’Automobile (1-11 October 2020).

Another flagship venue for Parisian trade shows is the Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, located in the suburbs north of Paris, in Seine-Saint-Denis, which benefits from its proximity to the airport and the Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle TGV station. On the agenda, in particular, the Maison & Objets exhibition for design and interior decoration (6-10 September 2019), SIAL, the international food exhibition for professionals in the food industry (18-22 October 2020), Natexpo, the international exhibition for organic products (20-22 October 2019) and from 4 to 8 November 2019: the Mondial du Bâtiment and the Salon du Cheval.

Not to mention other exhibition spaces such as Le Bourget, also located in Seine-Saint-Denis, where many international events are held, such as Texworld Paris pour la mode (16-19 September 2019) and the famous Salon International de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace, which will take place in 2021 from 21 to 27 June.

There is also, among others, the Grande Halle de La Villette in the 19th arrondissement, which offers the Comic Con Paris (25-27 October 2019), the Palais des Congrès in the 17th arrondissement, with the Salon des Entrepreneurs (5 & 6 February 2020), not to mention other key events such as the FIAC (International Contemporary Art Fair) (17-20 October 2019), which takes place every year at the Grand Palais in the 8th arrondissement.

Also remember to prepare your visit well before you go to a trade show!

Stay in Paris on a business trip? Choose the furnished apartment!

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