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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.

This commitment is part of our concern for the quality of welcome of our business tourists, in harmony with our inhabitants and a sustainable development of the territory. Becoming one of the first positive energy metropole by 2050, protecting the 50% of natural areas that the territory includes, strengthening a shared well-being are the three strategic orientations of the city. 

The destination is being certified ISO 20121 “Sustainable International Destination”, thanks to a new project which extends the perimeter of this well-known certification to a whole destination. The Bordeaux Convention Bureau also participates since 2019 in the Global Destination Sustainability Index. 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.

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.