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A sustainable destination

To organise an event with positive social and environmental impacts is now possible in Bordeaux thanks to the constant involvement of its Convention Bureau and partners.

Bordeaux is adding to its already numerous actions to promote sustainable events, with an ongoing focus on enhancing the quality of hospitality and raising awareness of the sustainable development of the region among all players 

The Bordeaux Métropole Tourism and Congress Centre has obtained ISO20121 certification for the eco-friendly management of its activity, which includes, in particular, the Bordeaux Fête le Vin [Wine Festival] and Bordeaux Fête le Fleuve [River Festival] events.

It also participates to a pilot project within France Congrès Evénement association and other French destinations, in the creation of "Innovative and Sustainable Destination” label". The Bordeaux Convention Bureau also participates since 2019 in the Global Destination Sustainability Index and has obtained a score of 78% in 2021. The GDS-Index is the main benchmarking program supporting cities in their eco-responsible strategies in events.

The numerous titles held by the Tourist and Convention Office - Qualité Tourisme, Tourisme et Handicap, Destination pour Tous, Accueil Vélo - confirm the destination’s dynamism. As well as the organization and the hosting of major events related to sustainable development, such as Climax, World Impact Submit, ITS for Climate and Woodrise. Come and meet this local ambassadors, eco-responsible actors in their fields, economics, scientific or industrial. 

Bordeaux wants to lead these eco-responsible transitions, inspiring all the other local players – already active in this field. Soft mobility is ensured between all your centres of interest (93% of the high capacity hotels are within 30mins of a congress centre by public transport). Almost 200 professionals are involved in a sustainable approach, hotels, venues, restaurants and caterers, stand designers and event agencies. All of the Bordeaux Congress and Exhibition facilities (CEB) have ISO 14001 sustainable certification. They offer carbon footprint audits and the Exhibition Centre has a car park with photovoltaic panels on 20ha. It is the largest solar power plant in an urban area in France. 65% of the vineyards, which counts with many venues, was already certified in an environmental approach in 2019.

The Tourist Office and Metropolitan authorities have also initiated a participative programme to co-build the tourism and events sector of the future from a sustainable perspective. Several think tank and co-creation sessions were held in 2021, in the form of participative workshops with all the region's players. The "Agora pour le Tourisme à Bordeaux Métropole" website presents full details of the programme. The 2022-2026 roadmap, co-created with participants, presents ambitious actions for events with a reduced environmental footprint and a greater social and economic impact on a local scale. These actions include support for event organisers in the implementation of sustainable practices in Bordeaux.

Lastly, while the majority of Bordeaux wines are red, their production is truly green, with 75% of the vineyards having obtained certification for its environmental approach. Whether in the city, in the vineyards or on the coast, the social and environmental commitment of the Bordeaux destination is thus ongoing. We avail of all the means to organise eco-friendly business events. 

Bordeaux confirms its prime position as a regenerative destination for visits and meetings. More and more visitors are committed to the same values and it is our duty to support them in this responsible tourism consumption.

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Act for a sustainable tourism

Discover how Bordeaux Tourist and Congress Office has been undertaking for many years actions to generate a positive impact on inhabitants, visitors and the environment.

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