Marseille-Provence 2013 – Conference-Debate

Marseille-Provence, European Capital of Culture in 2013
What will be the impact on US and GB tourism to the area?

Conference/debate Tuesday 15 May 2012




The Anglo-American Community, strongly anchored in Marseille-Provence, represents an extensive network of professionals and companies in many different areas of activity. One such area is tourism, with Anglo-American involvement in the hotel and restaurant trades, transport (from the cruise business to airlines to local services), tour operators, travel agencies and e-tourism. Another is the world of the creative industries and cultural events.

Marseille-Provence, European Capital of Culture 2013 will attract numerous visitors from abroad, many of them English-speaking with large contingents from the USA and Great Britain. Some will have been here before, others will be first-timers here for the 2013 programme. They will be flying in, driving in or arriving by high-speed train; they will be staying in the region’s hotels, eating in Provençal restaurants and generally using local amenities. They will be attending the many exhibitions and events being put on in different parts of the territory throughout the year.

The MAABN, together with the British and American consulates, is raising the debate around a number of important questions:

  • What is the 2013 programme and how will it appeal to the Anglo-American community?
  • What is the history of US and GB tourism in the area?
  • In what ways will 2013 bring in new Anglo-American visitors? What promotional actions are planned?
  • How is the city and the surrounding territory organising itself to receive these tourists?
  • Will the airport introduce new services in 2013, both in terms of destinations and reception/welcome?

The MAABN is delighted to welcome speakers from:

  • The Marseille-Provence 2013 European Capital of Culture team
  • The Regional Tourist Board for the PACA region
  • The Bouches-du-Rhône Tourist Board
  • The Marseille Tourist Board
  • The CCI Marseille-Provence and its Esprit Client team
  • Marseille-Provence Airport

British Consul Simon Taylor and US Consul Philip Richards will also be present along with other guests.

 Practical information:

 Conference: In English, with Q&A  in English or French

Date & time: Tuesday 15 May 18.30 – 21.00 - Un cocktail dînatoire suivra le débat

Venue: La Bo[a]te, 35 rue de la Paix Marcel Paul, 13001 Marseille
(parking: Cours d’Estienne d’Orves)

Admission: Members € 10, non-members € 20 (payment at the door). The conference will be followed by a cocktail dînatoire.

RSVP mandatory (places are limited) to:


The Marseille-Provence region’s representative of


The MAABN (Mediterranean Anglo-American Business Network) was founded in Marseille by company directors, consultants and economic development agencies and has developed an international platform promoting corporate exchanges and business networking in the Marseille-Provence region.

The MAABN has the support of both the US and British Consulates in Marseille and is the Marseille-Provence region’s representative of the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce and Industry and AmCham (American Chamber of Commerce in France). The MAABN organises a monthly English speaking business networking event, the “Language Apero”, as well as conferences throughout the year.

The MAABN also supports and promotes a number of its sponsors’ and partners’ corporate and cultural events across the region.

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