Extensive research with over 200 delegates, past attendees, media partners, speakers and partners over the last 6 months has strongly voiced Paris to be the home of the 2013 Congress and Awards.
The right retail
Paris is one of the world's top shopping destinations. With its cosmopolitan café ethos, luxury department stores and exclusive outlets to vast hyper-markets, Paris has something for everyone.
Paris is a leading European business capital and France remains one of the few stable economies in the Eurozone, with Paris accounting for 30% of the total GDP of metropolitan France.
Uniquely situated at the heart of Europe, Paris is unbeatable in terms of accessibility. Its airport hub is the largest in mainland Europe and with the high-speed train network is less than four hours from several major European capital cities.
Paris is one of the world's leading business and cultural centres, and its influence in politics, education, entertainment, fashion and the arts contribute to its status as one of the world's major global cities.
With over 10.5 million business visitors and 400 trade shows every year, Paris is the top region in the world for business events and gatherings. The 2013 Congress will be held at one of Paris' most prestigious venues, within easy access to the capital's best hotels, restaurants, shopping, entertainment and tourist sites.
Paris would be an ideal city to host the next Congress. It allows significant opportunities for retail/store visits on top of visiting the Congress
Clive Duncan, GM - Marketing & Merchandise, Bunnings Group Limited
I would suggest Paris as I think it has some very interesting stores and a good mixture of department stores as well as speciality. It is also easy for everyone to get to and well represented with hotels etc
Launa Inman former CEO, Target Australia
Paris is rich in culture style and fashion and we could have visits from Luxury and main stream hosts
Matt Rubel, Senior Advisor, TPG Capital